A Rare Treat

This morning I gave myself a rare treat.  I took the day off from work because I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon.  Last night, I decided that I would drive to Torrey Pines State Reserve in the morning and go for a run.  I had to get up early anyway to drop kids off at school.  And, we had such beautiful weather yesterday.  It was almost summer-like.  I thought it would be nice to go to Torrey Pines.  Torrey Pines is about 10-15 minutes away from my home.  I was excited about my plan.

I was quickly disappointed when I woke up to wet weather outside.  It was not raining hard, but there was a mist and slight drizzle.  I was not going to let that put a damper on my plan to go to Torrey Pines.  I am glad I went.  It was still cloudy and overcast.  On the way over to the beach, I went through a patch of rain.  However, it stopped as soon as I pulled into the parking lot.  When I opened my car door, I was shocked by the cold breeze that met me.  I was wearing running shorts and a light windbreaker.  I parked in the lot at the bottom of the Torrey Pines hill.  In my younger days, I could run up the hill all the way.  But today, I made it about halfway before I had to walk a bit.  I continued my walk/run until I reached my favorite trail at the reserve.  The Guy Fleming Trail.  Here is some information about Guy Fleming if you were wondering who he was.  He was like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed.  He didn’t plant seeds like Johnny, but he helped preserve the Torrey Pine Tree.  Anyway, I was able to take some photos of my run around the Guy Fleming trail.

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I, especially, like this one of the Torrey Pine forming a canopy over the trail.  The view was spectacular this morning.

After I ran the loop, I ran further up the hill to the Visitor’s Center.  Then, I turned around and made the descent down Torrey Pines hill to my car.  I retrieved my water bottle and sat on a picnic table facing the ocean.  I only stayed a few minutes because it was pretty cold.  I wished I could have stayed longer.  I don’t get to Torrey Pines too often to run, so I was thankful for this treat I gave myself.