Subject: Re: Torry Pines in San Diego
Amelia wrote:

>There has been some mention of Torry Pines in North County San Diego. I >remember when I was younger we used to go there and walk through cliff like >mazes and canyons to get to the beach. Is my memory wrong or is this the right >place?

This is the same place, Amelia. Any child who attended San Diego city schools in the 50's, 60's, and 70's looked forward to their classes' annual trip to Torrey Pines. The hikes through the narrow gullies (one nicknamed Fat Man's Misery) were a great escape from the classroom. I'll never forget the time our group of 50+ children came upon a rattlesnake in the middle of the path. No alternative but to turn the whole group around and return from whence we came. After all it was his home and we were just visitors.

Alas, most of these trails through the gullies have been closed for years. The repetitive tramping of so many human feet had drastically accelerated the erosive effects of weather on these sandstone bluffs. But there are still plenty of bluff top trails and the one trail to the beach still open. With the exception of one grove on Santa Rosa Island (of Channel Islands National Park) this is the only place in the world to see the Torrey Pine. An extreme example of species specialization. Plus, it's one of the most beautiful sites along the California coast.

John Rule San Diego, CA