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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Torrey Pines to Del Mar on a Windy Day

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (cell phone shot)
April 14, Saturday, time for me to relax my very tired mind in the healing power of nature. Though I very much love my job, but I always look forward to weekends as my reward for having a good week. The best reward for me always is a time spent with our natural world, whether it be hiking or riding the ocean's waves with my boogie board. I am happiest when I am out, though I am not saying I am not happy when I am indoors. Quoting fellow TSS sister Cher of Sweet Memoirs, " I am too blessed to be stressed", so that makes me happy anywhere. :) 

That weekend however, the weather forecast was not very pleasant: periods of heavy rain, strong wind with gusts of up to 50 mph, and temperature was in the high 40s or low 50s but with the strong winds, it felt like low 40s. It was for this reason that all pictures here were taken by cell phone, no storm could stop us from enjoying the healing power of nature.
Armed with rain pants and breathable windproof rain jackets, we were one of the very few souls walking on the trails of Torrey Pines early that morning.
this is usually a busy bikers' and hikers' path at Torrey Pines, but that one extremely windy day, it sure felt like we had nature all to ourselves 

Torrey Pines-Del Mar Beach Trail
We started our hike at Torrey Pines Golf Course to Del Mar Beach via Torrey Pines State Reserve, a total of 9 miles round trip. The strong wind made us walk very cautiously that we will not be blown down the cliffs. Perhaps being so focused on not being blown down the cliffs that I did not even notice my beanie was blown away by the wind. I only realized I did not have it anymore when I felt my hair whipping my face and tickling my skin as they were blown by the wind. Though the wind was extremely strong, but its whipping sure felt a therapy, blowing away all stresses and mental tiredness from a work week.
One of the reasons why we love a hike from Torrey Pines to Del Mar aside from seeing parading dolphins is that at Del Mar, we get to enjoy beach front dining, which we consider our another reward for both a good work week and a hike. :)
Jake's and Poseidon's Restaurant at Del Mar
 At that time, we arrived too early for lunch, that only brunch was served. But what I love about Poseidon's is that they have wide selection in their menu even for brunch. I was confused whether to get Crab Cake Benedict or Dungeness Crab Omelette, but anyway, I settled for Dungeness Crab Omelette, while hubby had Thai chicken salad.
Dungeness Crab Omelette
Thai Chicken Salad
 After our brunch, the wind had calmed down a little bit (just a little bit) that I had my chances of taking picture of these Pride of Madeira flowers using my cell phone which really has slow shutter thus any motion would produce blurred photo. Thankfully, there were periods of calmer wind, thus, able to get some of these cell phone shots.
 Pride of Madeira
 Wildflowers ( Coreopsis) in the trail
When we finally got back to where we started, there were already few people enjoying the promise of a beautiful afternoon after the morning rain. It was still very windy, but then, if you can't stop us from hiking and enjoying nature, who could stop them from playing golf? 
Let me end this post with this quote from Anne Frank. I share her thoughts on why I always seek nature,
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."- Anne Frank 

all images in this post were taken by cell phone


  1. wonderFULL post,Beth! thanks for the special mention. :)

  2. The flowers are great but it seems a bit rough on the beach. Too much wind.


  3. Gorgeous place and a great place for a relaxing walk. The scenery and your photos are just beautiful.

  4. I simply love all the photos as always Betchai! the flower shots are so beautiful and the food, oh my makes me so hungry though I just had dinner...love love love that photo of you smiling there...from you I learned the joys of simple life and I was never the same again after knowing you...love yah always friend :-)

  5. The world is always the most beautiful in your pictures.

    It is colorful, and peaceful where I shall never feel stressful.

  6. Your photo tour is always awesome and considering they were all taken using celphone - very nice ! My favorite part of your trip is the dinner time - I haven't had crab omelette, but I bet it is sooo good !!!

  7. Great captures!I love the cloud formation!

  8. so beautiful nature pictures!

  9. Amazing cell phone photos! Looks like a delightful place to relax and rejuvenate, somewhat windy and cold but beautiful.

  10. I have read the diary of Anne Frank many times; such a wise beyond her years woman. Thanks for the hike. It was just what I needed this sleepy morning. God bless.

  11. Loved sharing this hiking day with you, and great photos. Also love the wise thinking about nature!!! No better healer




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