I’ve been spending a lot of time studying for my P.E. Exam, and my stress levels have been rising. So when I had an opportunity to get away for a weekend in San Diego, I jumped on it. Adventure is one of my core values, and I’ve been focusing so much on my professional self development that I’ve been neglecting that aspect of my life. Taking a micro vacation was exactly what I needed to refresh my spirit and provide myself with some quality self-care.
This was a quick vacation, just one night, so I had to focus on one area around San Diego. A coworker recommended the Torrey Pines State Reserve, just north of La Jolla. Torrey Pines State Reserve is approximately 1,700 acres of beautiful sandstone cliffs and beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was set up as a reserve to protect the very rare Torrey Pine, which is found in only two locations on the planet.
On the first day, we walked down to Torrey Pines State Reserve from our hotel. We spent that evening hiking out to the lookouts. The cliff face was spectacular with the setting sun. We lucked out and saw some parasailers floating around. All the trails we went on were beautifully maintained, and very well marked.
The next morning, we walked around the famous Guy Fleming Trail, and enjoyed perfect vistas of the ocean. It was only a short 0.8 mile loop, but it was full of interesting plant life and many of those special trees of the parks namesake, Torrey Pines. If you only have time to do one trail, the Guy Fleming trail is a nice overview of the entire park.
This trip was so short that I didn’t get a chance to fully explore all that Torrey Pines has to offer, but I’m looking forward to future adventures down in this area after my exam. All in all, Torrey Pines is a beautiful snippet of spectacular ocean views and trails that are accessible to all ages and capabilities. Have you visited Torrey Pines recently? Comment below with your favorite part or let me know where we should escape to next.