Monday, August 17, 2009

Torrey Pines State Beach

As many of you know, the California's State Parks are in serious trouble due to budget cuts. In an attempt to bring attention to all the wonderful state parks California has to offer, I will be featuring a different CA State Park every Saturday (used to be every Saturday but I haven't been able to get my act together lately.) . I hope to bring attention to these treasures to increase awareness of what the state park system has to offer and encourage others to stand up and help protect these important places .

Torrey Pines is a place known for its, well, pine trees. They are the rarest pine trees in the world and their beauty provides a stark contrast between the forest on the bluffs and the sandy beach below. We visited Torrey Pines State Reserve this past Father's Day and enjoyed the trails and scenery the reserve had to offer. Then we walked down to hill and over to the beach. I had never been to Torrey Pines State Beach and I wasn't disappointed. It was just another example of the little pockets of paradise that can be found  all the way down the Southern Californian Coast.  Gorgeous surf, sand, and sky to enjoy with family and friends. Weather in the mid seventies with a slight ocean breeze. A flock of pelicans flying overhead. Ahh yes, this is the life.




lotsa pelicans

5 pelicans


Ladybug said...

Thank you for sharing about the parks on your blog. We relocated to Southern CA a couple years ago and I am excited about learning about all the different parks. Since some of us are completely new to some (most) of the parks, could you also give directions, costs and/or links for them? Thanks for sharing and I love your blog!

Sharlene said...

Ladybug- Thank you so much for all your compliments. I did include a link to Torrey Pines State Reserve (if you click on the highlighted words Torrey Pines State Reserve it should take you directly to their website) and info about Torrey Pines State Beach should be there as well. In the future I will try to make the information more clear and perhaps put some basic info at the bottom of my post. Thank you for the suggestion.

debi9kids said...

WOW! Gorgeous shots! That close-up of Mari is stunning!

Shar, you are an awesome activist for natures' resources. Keep it up!
The world truly needs more people who care like you do (and I mean this most sincerely)

Angela & Albert Fontenot said...

stunning pictures Sharlene! They are fabulous, but not half as beautiful as your two little subjects there! Wow, both of them look like you!
I'm proud of you for doing all you can to bring attention to the importance of the state parks! Way to go Shar!