» torrey pines
We started above the cliffs and hiked a 3.2 mile loop, stopping at Razor Point, Yucca Point, and Broken Hill.

The view north from Yucca Point.

Trail along the cliffs.

Razor Point from afar.

Sea foam.

Yucca's at Yucca Point.

Canyon of the Swifts.

The view south from Yucca Point.

Intricate erosion.

The edge of the continent.

Left: Megan on the edge of Broken Hill. Right: The ocean below.

Canyon layers.


A Yucca plant, and Me on a cliff (Photo by Megan).

Pacific Coast Highway as it passes Torrey Pines Beach.

» la jolla
La Jolla Cove is always a nice place for a walk. You can see seals, pelicans, waves crashing into rocks, and a large sea cave.

La Jolla Cove walkway.

Views from the walkway.

One of the coves.

Palm tree silhouettes.

The breakwater at Children's Pool aka Seal Beach.

» mount soledad
Mount Soledad reaches an elevation of 822 feet and offers a great 360 degree view from the top. You can see downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Scripps Pier, and the distant Torrey Pines. There is a monument and parking lot at the top.

Downtown San Diego.

Sunset over Mission Bay and Point Loma.

Looking north over La Jolla.

At sunset.

Downtown La Jolla.

Sky at sunset (Photo by Megan).

» birch aquarium
There are all sorts of crazy things in the ocean.

Sea Dragons, some of the most interesting creatures I have ever seen.

Views from the tide pool patio.

» swami's beach, encinitas
Swami's beach is north of La Jolla and a good spot to check out tide pools when the tide is low, as it was when we were there. Sea creatures are good at hiding and I think the exposed tide pools get picked over/destroyed by people over time so we didn't see a whole lot of sea life, just brittle stars, sea anemones, and some saw a baby octopus.

Tide pools.

Left: Me along the tide pools (Photo by Megan). Right: Cliffs.

Waiting for a wave.


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San Diego, California
December 18 - 31, 2012
Photos from Torrey Pines and Encinitas.
La Jolla, California
June 9 - 20, 2011
Photos from the coastline around La Jolla.
Cabrillo National Monument, California
May 28, 2009
Enjoying the great views from Point Loma. Not a lot of (good) photos though.
San Diego, California
August 7 - 12, 2008
Not many photos, we mostly hung out at the beach.
La Jolla, California
December 23 - 30, 2007
Hiking around Torrey Pines, enjoying the views from Mount Soledad, and walking along La Jolla Cove.
San Diego, California
December 25 - 29, 2006
Pictures from Torrey Pines, La Jolla beaches, and Iron Mountain.
Santa Catalina Island & San Diego, California
July 20 - 26, 2006
Sailing around Santa Catalina Island and hiking around Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego.
Santa Catalina Island, California
May 6, 2006
Hiking to Lone Tree Point on Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Los Angeles.
Southern California
August 25 - 30, 2005
Hiking in the Laguna Mountains, and kayaking La Jolla Shores.
Southern California
February 10 - 15, 2005
Pictures from multiple trips, including Torrey Pines, Big Bear, Anza-Borrego Desert, and Santa Barbara.
Around California
August 11 - 26, 2012
From San Diego to Yosemite to Lake Tahoe.
San Diego, California
December 21 - 31, 2009
A few photos from the beach.
Joshua Tree, California
December 22 - 31, 2008
A quick trip through Joshua Tree National Park and a few other places near San Diego.
San Diego, California
March 27 - April 1, 2008
Wandering the beaches of La Jolla, checking out the Anza-Borrego Desert, and doing a quick hike near Iron Mountain.
Torrey Pines, California
January 20, 2007
A few pictures from an evening walk along the beach in Torrey Pines State Park.
Big Sur, California
July 22, 2006
Driving up the California coast from San Diego to Monterey, checking out Morro Bay, San Simeon, McWay Falls, Big Sur, and Point Lobos.
San Diego, California
May 4 - 8, 2006
Hiking around the San Diego area: Torrey Pines, La Jolla Cove, San Diego Gliderport, and some inland canyons.
Southern California
November 10 - 14, 2005
Hiking in the Anza-Borrego Desert, exploring Anacapa Island in Channel Islands National Park, and climbing Iron Mountain.
Southern California
May 2005
Hiking to Cedar Falls, up Woodson Mountain, and through La Jolla Valley.
Torrey Pines, California
My favorite photos from Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego.