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Thursday, February 23, 2012

La Jolla Shores

Birds In Flight, La Jolla Shores- Torrey Pines Beach, San Diego
La Jolla is an affluent community in San Diego more known for its luxury homes, fine dining and upscale shopping. Though an affluent community, but the beaches in La Jolla is free for everyone to enjoy. Whenever I do not feel so well to do more physically challenging hikes, we would just spend our day taking a long walk from La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach. 

walking @ La Jolla Shores Beach
The walk from La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach is 10 miles round trip. This is one of the few places in Southern California coastline where one can hike for miles in a single direction without catching a sight of a highway. 
 CA Least Tern and Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Pier, La Jolla Shores
Crossing La Jolla Shores- Torrey Pines Beach Boundary
The best time to take this walk is at low tide. If it is at high tide, there are some areas that would not be as passable as it is at low tide. One of the great things to see at low tide of course is the tide pool, and huge flocks of birds congregate along the shore at low tide.
Birds in Flight
Aside from birds, some rocks would be exposed, revealing tidepool creatures. They are sure fun to see.
 Starfish, La Jolla Shores @ Low Tide
What I love about La Jolla Shores Beach is that there are long stretches of sandy beach which is good for swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. 
 Preparing to Kayak at La Jolla Shores Beach
And then, there are the rocky stretches which is good for snorkeling at high tide and good for caving and tidepooling at low tide. I have been planning to go snorkeling in this area at high tide, but somehow, I am always lost at the sandy beach boogie boarding during summer.
La Jolla Caves and Tidepool Area 
egret at the tidepool area

6 comments:

  1. would love to go tidepooling with you Beth, kasama sa Kyla. i can imagine how many wow's she would utter.

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  2. Fantastic shots of the gulls in flight. I love the beach shots and the starfish. Beautiful photos.

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  3. I too would love to go tidepooling with you, and JoJo would be amazed at that many starfishes!

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  4. aaahhhhh whew, I surely love to join everyone to La Jolla Betchai!!! La Jolla here we come, we'd touch your starfishes one by one :-)

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  5. beth, you know that we guys live in the mountains, hours away from the nearest ocean ... but through your post, i felt as if i just went on a hike down la jolla with you! the photo of all those terns marching around on the shore was so delightful! and you already know how i feel about starfish:) i love to see them all clustered together ... strength in numbers indeed! and that pix you took of those other beach enthusiasts, through one of the caves, was so perfect, beth! the cave served as a natural frame for the picture:) so cool! i hope you can take me on a hike down this beautiful shore one day soon, when we come visit you guys over there! thanks for this post, beth!

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  6. The starfish are climbing up the rock.

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