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.
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 TrailWe 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 MarAt 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 SaladAfter 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?
"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