Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Life is More than Just a Beach.....At Torrey Pines

Life is more than just a beach.....

North Overlook @ Guy Fleming Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve
at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach.

Family Enjoying the Sea and the Sand, North Torrey Pines State Beach
Torrey Pines is actually my favorite place in San Diego. Though San Diego has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor activities and nature parks, and there may be more beautiful beaches San Diego has than here, but to me, what is beautiful about Torrey Pines is that it is more than just a beach. Torrey Pines State Reserve is actually one of my favorite hikes in San Diego. I hike in this natural park several times a year but never get tired of. Here at Torrey Pines, the activities are as diverse as the sights you will see, and the list of activities includes:
1. Surfing, Boogie Boarding or Body Surfing

What is good with Torrey Pines is that there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out. There is always a quieter place even at the height of summer crowd. For kids who may still be intimidated by pounding surf, there is a peaceful lagoon for them to swim, snorkel and have fun. It may look shallow, but I’ve observed kids getting excited swimming there especially when they tell each other how big is the fish they saw, or how plenty they were. I am no longer a kid, but I do swim in this lagoon sometimes and enjoy myself watching the fishes :)

2. Wildlife Viewing

Torrey Pines has a salt marsh where the birds are having their peaceful rest and their moments with the sand. This is a very nice spot for birdwatching, different species of birds can be seen here. The majority are the sea gulls, some California brown pelicans, egrets, and blue herons. It’s lovely to see the sea gulls swim. Of course, on your lucky day, you can get surprised with pods of dolphins playing not very far.
3. Hiking, Trail Running and Biking

What is more rewarding than listenting to the powerful sound of the waves making music in my ears while I take a walk and feel the ocean breeze in my skin? Torrey Pines State Reserve
has 8 miles of branching trails on top of the ocean bluff.

Sea Dahlias and Torrey Pine Trees, Guy Fleming Trail
During spring, the phantasmagoric display of wildflowers is inspiring, and provides the local San Diegans there little inspiration of a slice of paradise on Earth.

California Poppies, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Mix of Wildflowers on top of the Bluff
Walking and running is not only limited at the top of the bluffs. It is also as wodnerful to be walking just on the beach, especially at low tides, where the cliffs make reflections on the sand.

Torrey Pine Cliffs

Torrey Pine Cliffs
4. Hangliding and Paragliding

Paragliders and Wildflowers, Torrey Pines State Reserve

5. Golf

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines is home of Buick International and the 2008 US Open. The golf course sits atop the coastal bluff and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Life is really more than a beach, here at Torrey Pines. Though I love to boggie board in the ocean, I actually also love just walking on top of the bluffs, or on the shore, or just sitting down to enjoy the scenery, to smell and to feel the ocean breeze, and to listen to the music the splashing of the waves bring. It is pretty quiet here, despite it is still within the limits of San Diego City, 8th largest US city, yet you won't feel the city life here, especially at the top of the bluff which has a wilderness feel of centuries ago.
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  1. This is just amazing! I would love to live around a place like this, with sun, wind, sand, and beach..

    Love the wildlife photo composition!

  2. Get to know a little more about San Diego for which I did not imagine this city is such a beautiful place before.
    The sea, the beach, the cliff and the scenery are very inspiring.
    You are gifted....

  3. That's a very nice place, the beach is really good but it's a far from our place.

  4. I usually feel more at home in the forest, but the images of the rest of this place seem very inviting. I love the picture with first the people on the beach, and then the next one with the beach full of birds. It all made it seem like there's everything for everyone there.

  5. That is such a beautiful beach. Now I want to go to the beach.

  6. Hi, you live in a very beautiful part of the world, thanks for all of your great pics.

  7. You have shown me so many beautiful sights and this is another that I now plan to visit!

  8. you are really superb in photography and the way you tell your stories.this post is just amazing.lucky you to live in such a beautiful place.i wanna visit it really if i get a US visa.

  9. You do take the most amazing pictures. You will be happy when your class is over, and you have achieved your goal.

  10. Now I want to go birdwatching. The photo of the birds is just lovely.

  11. Such gorgeous photos! I hope you have some relaxation time soon!

  12. I would enjoy wild life watching....:)Nice place.

  13. Keep those pictures and stories coming, you are very good at both.

  14. Nice, I would come back again here when wildflowers are in full bloom.

    But I hope to visit you sooner, in the near future, after my road trip.

  15. sigh....I wish I could someday get to Torrey Pines one day and enjoy all the things you wonderfully described here....the wild flowers, the feel of the air on my cheeks and the smell of wilderness and your company and the sight of blue everywhere are what I am looking forward most to...:-)