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A gorgeous day out in Torrey Pines State Reserve

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One of the greatest attractions to traveling in California are the state parks, and some of the most wonderful views one can enjoy are in the parks bordering the ocean. Torrey Pines State Reserve is one such park, with a view to die for. The beauty of the park is in fact very difficult to capture on camera, because the vegetation is short and the ocean tends to dwarf the landscape from the background. But the reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor say it all.

The park is located off of cliffs that dip right into the lush waves of the blue ocean, which, on a sunny day (which is MOST of the time in Southern California) radiates a gorgeous shade of blue against the equally blue sky. It's a surfing hot spot here too, so one can be sure to be impressed by powerful waves. The rocky trails leading up to the edge of the cliffs are reminiscent of Arizona, for the reddish color of the ground and rocks. Small animals and lovely green plant life also offer colorful contrast to the blue sky and ocean. The picture to the left shows Torrey Pines at dusk on a rarely over-cast day - which, in itself, held a lot of eerie beauty. Hikers can take a trail to the beach below, where they can continue on an amazing beach walk, along the triumphant splashing of waves on one side, and sheer red rock cliff on the other side.

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