Torrey Pines State Reserve

Today was pretty much perfect. It was 72-degrees, we were in shorts and as two Midwesterners that just came from snow and sub-30 (and sometimes sub-20) degree temperatures...our minds were blown. 

We had a discussion earlier today and we think if cities could be categorized or linked in relation, Denver and San Diego would be siblings. Colorado is my favorite place due to it's 300+ days of sunshine and nonstop outdoor activities. Southern California is a runner's paradise with year 'round races, perfect weather and water sports.

All of which is exactly why we travel because if we had to settle down today, it would be too hard to choose where to live when we love too many cities and too many people.

Anyway, we are staying just a few miles away from the beach and today we finally took advantage of it! We have taken care of everything on our end of the to-do list and now it's time to explore. 

First off, take a look at this gem we rolled up to on the way to Torrey Pines State Beach. This puppy came equipped with two great bumper stickers: "Speeding Kills Bears" and "Festivus for the Rest of Us."  Oh, and did you miss the snowman decoration on the back? Or the castle of bird cages on the roof? 

And here I thought Harry and Lloyd's "Shaggin' Wagon" was the best whip of our time. I was TOTALLY wrong. 

There is free parking along the beach or you can pay for parking as you enter Torrey Pines State Reserve. Guess what we did? Of course, we waited and scored a free spot. You, crazy?!

We took a relaxing 2-mile stroll up and down the beach and with easy access to the reserve hiked a small portion of the trails (don't worry we'll be back).

Seriously, this is what January feels like? I could get used to this.

This little guy is living the dream...

And this guy is a dream boat.

Our evening could not have been more lovely until Casey suggested having a picnic at our hotel and purchasing vino (cabernet he said) from a winery we visited during our time in Napa. I don't know when Casey became a wine drinker (seriously, this fella couldn't tell you two types of red wine and now he's requesting one?) or a hopeless romantic, but whatever has gotten into him...I love it.


-Hike Torrey Pines State Reserve, the trails are incredible. We only did a small section and I already can't wait to go back. 
-Easy access to the TP State Reserve Park from the beach (via a set of stairs) if you decide to take a sandy stroll before hiking. 
-Free admission to the park. 
-Pull over and sit idle until you're able to get a free parking spot, your short wait will be worth every penny saved. 


Anything red in moderation (usually merlot or cabernet)

Denver remains at the top of our list, but you never is full of surprises. The biggest thing we agree on is that we LOVE the Western U.S. 

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