There is nothing like good old nature to refresh the mind and heal the soul. This is one of the reasons I love hiking and running and other outdoor sports. It’s sight and sound and atmosphere, and soul and exercise all rolled into one.
So when Brad and I go on vacation, we like to spend a lot of time outdoors. Yesterday, we spent the day hiking a mini-mountain at Torrey Pines National Reserve; and to our great pleasure, we ended the hike by strolling along a gorgeous beach upon which our hike opened up to. Here’s 20 pictures with very minimal narration. Hope you enjoy!!
The hike up the mini-mountain had signs throughout that warned us of unstable cliffs with falling rocks. Oh, and rattlesnakes. But this formation was caused by the falling rocks, not rattlesnakes.
One of the trails is named after the man who was ahead of his time in nature preservation, and who was the first keeper of Torrey Pines National Reserve.
A real torrey pine. A rare tree nowadays. The seedlings are edible.
Two very happy people.
This was my first time to see a cactus in real life. So I had to touch it.
The sign called this rock formation “Lion’s Paw.” The sign also said to keep away. I guess the paw might scratch you.
Brad pointed at the rock-wall. “Look, it’s a heart!” I looked and sure enough, I could see it. Can you see the heart? If not, maybe you see the second thing Brad saw: a butt.
The mojave yucca plant. The fibers from the leaves were used as bow strings. Parts of it are also edible.
No matter where we go, it seems I always spot a beautiful dead tree. It’s a reminder to me that death does not always have to be a sad thing. I call this image, beauty in death.
Who says white sands make the most gorgeous beaches? The black and brown of this sand was mesmerizing to me.
And here’s that yin and yang beach scene.
Hiking made us both hungry. So we ate. Very healthy! Very delicous!
Two very happy people–again! We loved it so much, we are going to spend our day there today, after doing our 20 mile run. We figured laying around at the beach was a good follow-up for that kind of activity.
Have a great day!!