First, our Lifetime Pass at Torrey Pines encouraged us to do some home improvements. :) We told ourselves if we are going to live in San Diego forever, we should start enjoying it now by making our house the way we wanted it to be. If we wanted some home renovation, we might as well do it now, so we have longer time of enjoying those home renovation projects. One of these renovations we are thinking would require us to find self storage to temporarily store our stuff somewhere. We had thought of doing it one room at a time, but our experience before when we did floor change taught us that if there is a way to avoid the physical stress of having to move stuff several times around during the renovation process, we might as well choose the less-stressful option if it is not too expensive.
Second, getting the Torrey Pines Lifetime Membership will save us money! In less than 3 years, we will get our money back!
We used to have annual CA State Park Pass. However, when the price this year increased from $120 to $195 per year, we paused for a while before buying a new CA State Park Pass. Upon reviewing, we found out we mostly use our CA State Park pass for Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is actually my favorite place in San Diego for a combination of both hiking and surfing/swimming.