Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Day After Christmas

Some ten miles south of us there's a state park called Torrey Pines. Majestic sandstone cliffs rise from the beach, capped with rare pine trees that grow only a couple other places on earth. We walked there the day after Christmas.

Home to Native Americans way back when, it's a nature preserve now, crisscrossed with hiking trails that lead out onto mesas with soaring Pacific views or for the less faint of heart, right down onto the sand.

It's mostly brown this time of year, but after some winter and spring rains, orange and yellow California poppies and red Indian paint brushes will create bands of color on the hillsides.

If any of these vistas look vaguely familiar to you, it could be because Torrey Pines has long been a favorite subject of plein air painters.

We took the trail down onto the sand. That raised flat reef in the distance is called the Indian Bathing Pool, as it has a large carved out pool that captures sea water at high tide and warms throughout the day as the sun shines on it.


steven said...

hi golden west - it's hard to imagine that what i am seeing here exists side-by-side with the world i see outside my window here but i know it does. so warm and beautiful!!! i'd love to have an hour in the bathing pool right now!!! have a peaceful day. steven

Sweet Repose said...

I'm with Steven, as it's snowing right now here in Ioway...

I loved driving the coastline with my brother on our way to Mt.Shasta, I'm ready for a trip back any day now(I wish)! After living 35 years in Santa Rosa, he longs to see it again...some day! Got many bloggy friends out thatta way now that I'd love to visit! sharon

High Desert Diva said...

I like the bathing pool.

I've been invited to the north Oregon coast for a friend's birthday in a couple weeks. Don't think I can face driving through the snow over two mountain passes though. Sigh.

Rachel Fenton said...

What a beautiful place - love the bathing pool, too, not that I need it: got our own hot water beaches her in NZ - just dig a hole and the sea fills it up with a lovely spa! All you have to do is remember to take a spade!

Delwyn said...

Hi gw
these are wonderful views of a beautiful piece of coastline.
Best wishes for the new year
happy days