This is the last installment of our San Diego adventures. Part 1 can be found here, and Part 2 can be found here.
This post is devoted to what may seem a small outing, but was probably Mr. Great's favorite part of our trip (unless it was La Jolla kayaking; tough choice!).
We went to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Because we wanted something fun and doable for little legs, we chose the Guy Fleming Trail. It's only 2/3 mile, and I would have loved to hike much, much more. But it was just right for our tired family that day. It's an easy, well-marked trail with interesting things to see around each bend.
We got to study torrey pine trees up close. They're the most endangered pine species in the United States, and the grow only in San Diego and one other place that I've now forgotten (some island maybe?). They have large, pretty pinecones and needles grouped in clumps of five.
The best part of this trail was the view of the ocean. It's spectacular. It put a big smile on my cute husband's face.
Our little family loves to hike, but we don't do it often enough. It's so important to get out and explore the world around us. It's so good for us.
Along our hike, we saw a few serious trail runners tackling the Torrey Pines trails. As we finished our loop, I told Mr. Great to take a lap. So he went for a run. He returned feeling like a million bucks.
This little guy, however, didn't think it was at all fair.
So the kids did a little trail running, too.
And then we were all happy.