Before we get into my amazing pictures, Let's have a little look at the trail we took to see the Torrey Pines beach:
The loop was a little over six miles. We had a 430 foot descent at the beginning and a 430 foot climb at the end. Notice, however, that the climb was much steeper than the descent (That's the little blue bit at the bottom of the picture). The website that makes the pictures here is pretty cool. It's www.gmap-pedometer.com . You may not think much of the walk, but just remember that there's almost 290 Lbs. of me to haul up that 430 ft. climb.
Now, on to the amazing pictures. We were there in the evening, just before and during sunset. It was very nice. This first picture is overlooking the edge of our trail looking at one of the first wide views of the ocean:
This is the bottom of the trail to the beach. We had already been through several switchbacks. Do you see the top of a sign in the bottom of the picture? The trail was actually closed. But after nearly two miles of walking around, we weren't about to be turned back.
When we first got to the beach we saw an osprey in her nest. She was really pretty and never moved the whole time we were there. I wasn't all that close, but I had a 12x zoom...
I call this picture "Beach Rock," because it is a picture of a big Rock at the beach. While it seems out of place, just think: In a few thousand bajillion years, the water will have eroded away the entire rock and turned it into the more familiar sand we generally think of as inhabiting the beach.
This, my friends, is a picture called "Water on the Beach." Of course, there's water in the ocean too, and that's in this picture, but what if I had called it "Water in the ocean" or "Ocean next to the beach" or something like that? that would just be stating the obvious. Everyone knows there is water in the ocean and that oceans are next to beaches. However, water ON the beach is something novel. sort of.
The next three pictures are my sunset pictures. Since I don't want to interrupt your viewing, I'll tell you all about them here. First, they turned out much more spectacular-looking than they were in person. You can thank low light levels and sunset effects for the nice look. Second, it was really nice. Third, there may have been some better ones, but toward the end of our walk, which was right at the end of sunset, two things happened: 1) The sun went behind some serious clouds and was almost completely blocked, which is sad, because when you can see it drop into the ocean, since they are both blue (the sky and the ocean, I mean) it kind of looks like the sun is just disappearing in the middle of the sky; 2) Naked men started walking around. I'm serious. We're just walking around, minding our own business, and WHAM-O! There he is, in all his glory, walking along the water. My appetite for taking pictures was severely lessened.
This is probably my favorite, although I don't think the web-posting programs did a good job with the colors....
There you have it. Stay tuned. I'm getting in the mood to write again. There are musings to publish, news to share, things to be pondered upon, and stories to finish. If I get really ambitious, I'll find a couple of stories from my fiction-writing class and get them on here. Cheers all.