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([personal profile] tcastleb Jan. 6th, 2009 07:38 pm)
So I had today off and decided to try something new. I went to Torrey Pines State Reserve, home of the rarest pine in the US--the Torrey Pine (and right next to the famous golf course that the US Open was at last year.) There are lots of hiking trails; I did close to four miles of them, I think. And I'm really out of shape. There were all kinds of folks jogging up and down the hills, and I was huffing and puffing and getting mad at myself for taking the longer trail back to the parking lot. I made it though. Yaay!

Here's a torrey pine:


And, hey, yucca! I think this is near the aptly-named Yucca Point.



And, dude, check out the views. Just . . . dude.



And there's a trail that goes to the beach.



Though one does need to be careful around the cliffs; there have been rockfalls, and people have gotten killed. Not often, but there was one last year.



And that darker rock in front is actually a large, flat rock separate from the cliffs. People had to figure out very creative ways to get between flat rock and the cliffs to the other side of the beach, because there are some knee-deep parts (that green water there) around flat rock. There's a skinny trail on the cliffs, or, if the tide's out, you can go between flat rock and the ocean. Or a few climbed the rocks.



I uploaded 60+ photos. They're over on my flickr page as usual.
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