This past weekend I was back in
The area is southwestern pretty with outcroppings of huge stone boulders everywhere. It gives the appearance of being on a movie set in mars. Vegetation runs rampant amongst the boulders with lots of dead brush spewing deep green, rich vegetation from grotesquely disfigured opaque wood. Most of the low lying underbrush is prickly and undeniably harsh. Natural wildfires ravaged the area in 1995 and 2003, so I imagine that most of what is alive is recovering from dead vegetation. Life literally seeps from the grips of death. Native to the area are chaparral, wild lilac, white and black sages. And of course snakes, lizards, bobcats and an occasional mountain lion.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of the terrain and foolishly thought that it would be similar to Torrey Pines – compact dirt with a thin layer of what feels like beach sand ideal for running (heavenly, actually). Torrey Pines it is not.