Saturday Afternoon at Torrey Pines

After this El Niño winter of non-stop swells, most of my weekend mornings, if not all, were spent surfing. When the waves are good I have a moral obligation to take advantage of them, knowing that come the flat spells of summertime I am going to regret every second that I did not do so. As a result, non-ocean-related activities suffered a little bit this winter, not necessarily the worst problem to have.

This weekend morning in April I checked the surf report to see that surfing was not in the cards. What to do? Go downtown? Been there quite a bit lately. Go to Mexico? No one else I know seems to find this entertaining like I do. Dive into one of the books in my book queue? Reading is better left for the not sunny days or nighttime.

The clear answer was to go on a hike. The options that came to mind were Torrey Pines and Potato Chip Rock, both popular hikes in San Diego that I somehow had never gotten around to in my nearly 6 years of living in this city. I opted for Torrey Pines due to its proximity, ocean views and cool sea breeze (shadeless hiking in inland San Diego on a sunny day can be brutal). Potato Chip Rock would have to wait for the next waveless weekend.

So Torrey Pines it was.

Water sits still in the lagoon at Torrey Pines State Beach.
Walking past the lagoon from my car to Torrey Pines.
Parking lot full of cars at Torrey Pines State Beach.
Pine trees at Torrey Pines.
The diversity of the flora in Torrey Pines is amazing. Grassy pine forests give way to dry cactus gardens. 
Purple flowers above the ocean in San Diego.
It’s no secret that spring has arrived in California. 
A dirt pathway along the bluff at Torrey Pines.
Purple flowers along a dirt pathway above the ocean.
Waves break on the bluffs of Torrey Pines State Beach.
Sandstone erosion at Torrey Pines.
Panoramic ocean photo at Torrey PInes.
Friends hanging out at the bluffs of Torrey Pines.
Hiking crew. Left to right: Shaina, myself, Kelly and Nate. 

Time lapse of the wind swell waves at Torrey Pines.

Erosion on the cliffs at Torrey Pines.
There are a few places at Torrey Pines where you can see cool erosion patterns like this. 
A blooming yellow cactus flower at Torrey Pines.
Cactus flower. 
Nate Reed hanging out at Torrey Pines.
Coming from Northern California, the shade of blue of the ocean in San Diego never gets old. 
A man handles a snake at Torrey Pines.
Earth Day snake exhibit. 
Dirt path at Torrey Pines.
Cliff erosion at Torrey Pines.
More neat erosion. 

After covering most of the trails and burning my shoulders pretty good, it was time to head back to the car.

Walking along the PCH at Torrey Pines.
7 miles later, thinking about where to go for lunch. 

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