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.

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Walking past the lagoon from my car to Torrey Pines.

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The diversity of the flora in Torrey Pines is amazing. Grassy pine forests give way to dry cactus gardens. 
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It’s no secret that spring has arrived in California. 

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Hiking crew. Left to right: Shaina, myself, Kelly and Nate. 

Time lapse of the wind swell waves at Torrey Pines.

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There are a few places at Torrey Pines where you can see cool erosion patterns like this. 
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Cactus flower. 
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Coming from Northern California, the shade of blue of the ocean in San Diego never gets old. 
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Earth Day snake exhibit. 

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More neat erosion. 

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

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7 miles later, thinking about where to go for lunch. 

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