Torrey Pines Reserve

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The Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana) is the rarest pine in the U.S. It grows only in Torrey Pines Reserve and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara.

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The reserve is one of my favorite places to hike. There are nice sandy paths that meander among the pines, with beautiful views of the Pacific down below.

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On a clear day like the one we had in February, you can see for miles. This is looking north towards L.A.

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The sandstone reminds me of the Cappadocia region in Turkey. But people actually live inside those cliffs.

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There are even handrails if you feel like you might fall off the edge.

After all, it is a long way down. . . .

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Torrey Pines Lodge is actually a visitor center and gift shop. It used to be a restaurant decades ago. There’s a really nice resort called The Lodge at Torrey Pines just south of the reserve. The golf course is world-famous.

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I like that the windows look like T’s.

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According to the reserve website, the sand and clay of beaches and lagoons of fifty million years ago turned into sandstone and were raised above sea level by tectonic forces.

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I think it’s one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego County.

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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14 Responses to Torrey Pines Reserve

  1. Caroline says:

    It certainly looks gorgeous. I like sandstone. It’s stone but the edges look softer than other rock.
    The colour of the sea in the last photo is so intense.

  2. Meg says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for letting me “visit” via your photos.

  3. I second that! It is the most picturesque spot. It looks like the best of two worlds: hills and surf. I can see why people want to stay at the resort.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. TBM says:

    I have never been there and I always associated this place with golf. Didn’t know that this pine was one of the rarest.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I agree with you Carole … it is one of the most beautiful places. I found the Torrey pines fascinating … they don’t grow straight and tall like the white pines that surround our place.

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