Most people I know hate rainy days. I absolutely love them. They’re so rare around here and when they finally happen they awaken me. They cheer me up. They make me want to run outside and jump in every puddle.
Today I got up early, went outside and I felt it, gently and softly land on my skin, as the coolness of the wind surrounded me. I inhaled that fresh, crisp and clean, earthy scent deeply into my lungs. That incredible smell of new rain. I grabbed my camera, got in my car and I heard it loudly, musically, as I drove to the cliffs, splashing soothingly on the roof. And even though people say you shouldn’t, I tasted it’s fresh mild taste from my upper lip when I got there. I let the droplets soak my clothing and the muddy ground dirty my shoes. I listened for thunder, one of my most favorite sounds, and kept an eye out for lightening and rainbows.
Rainbows…the ultimate adventure in life is full of color, full of beauty and full of love.
Windy and so beautiful
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego is a wide stretch of land surrounded by La Jolla and Del Mar. It’s one of my most favorite hikes in San Diego and you’ll see me here at least once a month. It offers 8 miles of trails and an amazing view of the ocean. Parking can be hard to find but come early and enjoy lesser crowds. Start by hiking up the road to the little visitors center and from there follow the many trails to various viewpoints and end up taking the “more than 100 steps” down to the beach. If you come during low tide, you can climb up onto Flat Rock for not only a great view but also to see all the shallow tide pools on the rock teeming with life and flourishing plants.
South of Flat Rock is San Diego’s unofficial nude beach, called Black’s Beach, if you’re into that sort of thing… Although I was told this practice is now banned on part of the beach by boundary signs.