Thursday, January 22, 2015
Day 99 Torrey Pines State Reserve-San Diego
As I stated in Day 98 , my past beach holidays involved laying in the sun and reading most of the day. I did not anticipate that a beach vacation could involve trail hiking on sandstone cliffs, overlooking unspoiled beaches, viewing clear skies, wild flowers, Torrey pine trees and cacti. As I continue on my quest to reach self –actualization, Maslow would have been proud of me for my continued development of a deep appreciation for natural beauty.
In this new journey I traded a beach day to hike in San Diego. Torrey Pines Reserve is 2000 acres of land located on the coast between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, at the northwest edge of the City of San Diego. There are eight (8) miles of hiking trails and you can wind your way all the way down from high cliffs to the beach.
Three (3) hours later I was still wide eyed and pointing at something gorgeous. I thought northern California was beautiful (See Day 62-77) but this was so different because it was not developed. As my friend pointed out, at times it seemed like we were on the moon or another planet. It was virgin land giving a glimpse of what California looked like to the early settlers, or to the Spanish explorers. This place took you back in time and was a display of the complexity and loveliness of this earth.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well (Psalm 139:14).
Torrey Pines Association http://www.torreypines.org/
Torrey Pines Picture album http://www.torreypine.org/parks/photo-album.html
Posted by Cindy Marie