Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, California - Hiking

Roger and I spent several days in San Diego, California to take advantage of an expiring airline companion pass and to enjoy some relaxing vacation time.  We spent one full day driving up the coast, stopping at several beach towns along the way as we made our way north.  Solana Beach was my favorite with it's low key, non touristy feel, and San Clemente was a close second with its fun downtown shopping and dining district.

Enjoying the ocean near Solana Beach
Culture Brewing Company

We spent Sunday in the Temecula wine country region, enjoying the scenic vineyards and tasting some good wines.  Later in the day, we met up with Roger's nephew for a sunset hike around the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

Temecula wine country
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

On Monday, we spent the day hiking around Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  The reserve is a gorgeous coastal park near La Jolla, CA that protects several groves of rare Torrey pine trees and offers spectacular views of the ocean and adjacent cliffs.  Although wildly popular, we were able to find some solitude along the many trails that traverse the coastal plateau. 

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey pines
Hiking with Roger at Torrey Pines
 Interesting cliff formations
 Torrey pines
Flowering yucca