Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Enchantment of the Torrey Pine

One of my favorite places in San Diego County is situated on a plateau with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach. My attraction to this nature gem began as a young child when my family  would make the 20-mile trek from Poway to the beach (before the 56 Freeway).

I never tire of the half-a-dozen trails, which are lined with pine trees, coastal sage shrub, chaparral, wildflowers, and other native plants. In fact, this historic and former land of the Kumeyaay is home to the nation's rarest pine tree, Pinus torreyana, which grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island near Santa Barbara. The views are beyond spectacular as you look out across the deep blue Pacific.

As Aristotle said, "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

Enjoy the below photos from today's hike.

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