Sunday, February 7, 2016

Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, View from The South Fork Trail
Earlier in the week I went to my first work out at IB Fitness.  The instructor Lee announced that he was going to Torrey Pines to hike on Sunday if anyone wanted to join him. Since it was predicted to hit 75 degrees, we decided to take advantage of the invitation.  We met up with Lee at IB Fitness and followed him to the Reserve.  The approach was from high up in the hills with a wide view of the pacific.  There were hundreds of people parked and walking along the road into the park.  We drove to the lodge to start our hike.  It's hard to believe that this pristine area is part of San Diego. It is comprised of 2,000 acres that include chaparral and, obviously, the Torrey pine. I had brief thoughts of descending into Carlsbad Cavern as well as the Cliffs of Moher.  Although neither the walk down and out or the pacific cliffs were nearly as extreme.  
After leaving the Reserve, we drove to La Jolla for lunch.  I was surprised at the size of La Jolla.  It has a population of approximately 43,000 and is part of San Diego.  I remembered it from a few years ago as this little exclusive seaside village.  Apparently we missed the larger portion and only saw the cove area.  We sought out and found the same restaurant from our prior visit.  George's at the Cove sits above the cove with nice blue views.  La Jolla was also hopping with people.  Sunday and good weather brings everyone out.  
Selfie in La Jolla at the cove.
Despite our grumbling and swearing off football, we did watch the Super Bowl this evening. 

More pictures at flickr.