Torrey Pines State Reserve & Beach Hike: Magnificent Nature (Even a Drone)!

 

 

This morning I enjoyed a wonderful hike with my friend Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve. We walked up the hill from the parking lot. (Usually $12/day, but for locals like us, it pays to buy a “California Explorer” Annual Pass which gives access to California State Parks).

Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve
Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

A lone Torrey Pines tree at Torrey PInes State Reserve

Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We spotted a “Scrub Jay” blue bird

Scrub Jay  in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Scrub Jay in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 We both admired the beautiful Pacific Ocean views from atop the cliffs

Susan at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

We admired several rock formations

Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 And savored the gorgeous ocean views from atop the cliffs

Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean
Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean

 We finally made it to the view of Flat Rock!

Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We took the beach trail and observed several wild yellow, and orange flowers blooming.

 

 

The trail led us to gorgeous majestic views of the blue-green hued Pacific Ocean. Then we took the steps down to Torrey Pines State Beach below.

View of La Jolla at Torrey Pines State Reserve
View of Flat Rock & La Jolla in the Distance at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 Then lo and behold…all of a sudden, as we ventured down the steps to Torrey Pines State Beach, we spotted a DRONE in the sky!

JIm Gleason's Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach
JIm Gleason’s Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

 Here’s a short video of the drone landing!

 Which led us to meet “Droner” Jim Gleason, a freelance videographer, originally from San Diego but visiting from Austria with his wife Camille, who is a Scientist with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

Jim told us about his drone, a DJI Phantom 2 H3-3d combo which costs approximately $1000, along with his Go-Pro (approximately $300),

plus an installed video downlink system all through Aerial Media Pros.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

 Jim and Camille Gleason

Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach

 All in all, a fun morning hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey PInes State Beach!

Here’s a gallery of more photos from today!

Just “Fore” You! “Preview Day” (& more) at the 2015 “Farmers Insurance Open” at Torrey Pines, San Diego

Torrey Pines Fog and Trees; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Torrey Pines Fog and Trees; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

Torrey Pines Golf Course is magnificently perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is truly a gorgeous course. Just spectacular!

San Diego had a foggy start the morning of February 4, 2015, leading to a 2-plus hour delay (even for Tiger Woods’ tee time) for the prestigious PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Preview “Pro-Am” (Professional-Amateur) at Torrey Pines, which officially runs February 5-8.

Torrey Pines Golf Course Bird “Yellow Chested Chat”;
Farmers Open Fan Village

I was invited to attend a Small Business Summit at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines during the morning. As luck would have it, we received a comp ticket for the tournament, so I decided to venture out. It was a spectacular day! After walking nearly 10,000 steps I am hoping to return again this weekend for more!

I arrived a bit after noon and strolled a bit, had lunch at the concession stand and miraculously was just in time to catch Phil Mickelson finishing the 9th hole on the South course.

Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson;  Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson;  Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

Phil Mickelson was kind enough to grace the crowd with his autographs after he finished playing for the day.

Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson;  Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Anticipating Phil Mickelson's Autograph! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open: Anticipating Phil Mickelson’s Autograph! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open Torrey Pines, Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Farmers Open Torrey Pines, Phil Mickelson; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

Oh…if you attend the Farmers Insurance Open, please heed my advice: WEAR COMFY SHOES! Hydrate! Be respectful of the players. Keep noise to a minimum. Finally, have fun!