This place was a must see for us while staying in Pipestem. Sharon remembered the tram ride and restaurant when she was a little girl and wanted me to experience it as well. We hopped into a tram bucket and took the ride down into the gorge. I was taken in by the views and took many pictures on the way down. We had some time before our dinner reservations so we took a walk down to the river. When you look up, all you could see was green and a few caves tucked in the walls of the mountain surrounding us.
After enjoying our delicious dinner and wine, we were ready for the ride back up the gorge to our car. The man who was in charge of the tram said it would be a few minutes because they needed to remove one of the cars. We waited with several others who needed to get to the top as well. We watched as they sent a bucket out to test the ride and it shook about with sparks flying everywhere. This did not make us feel good about riding back up the mountain. We were even more nervous watching them poke at the cars with a wood stick to get it back on track. Finally, a couple of employees rode the first car up and all was well. We noticed that the women were quick to get in the cars and ride back up but the men waited behind. They said it was "women and children first", but I think they were a bunch of chickens.
The ride up was dark and scary. When we got to the top there was a line of people who were heading down for dinner or to the lodge. They wanted to know what we were doing down there. We said we were there for dinner but should have snapped back with a smart ass remark such as "we were having an orgy" or "a bunch of zombies were chases us and we barely escaped with our lives". All and all it was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to go back. For more photos of the ride down and lodge check my Julie Ferguson Designs blog.