We went to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve which is just north of La Jolla Cove.
Coming from North County you have to take I-5 south to Gensee Avenue, and then north on Torrey Pines Rd. which is S21. In about half a mile you reach the Reserve and you find the cars parking in the free parking area. Of course there was not a spot empty, so we kept going north and passed Del Mar, then made a U-turn and came back south, and found a pay parking area in Del Mar so we parked there (2 hours for $3, not bad). Then we walked south to the Reserve and entered free (since we had no car to park), and climbed the hill there all the way to the top. The scene from the top is shown in the picture to the right. I used my RunKeeper app to track the path we took, and it showed we made a total of 3.4 miles, that took 1 hour and 12 minutes, average pace 21.09 minutes per mile, total calories burnt 480.
The summary of the activity is shown in the second picture to the right.
Notice that the total climb was 494 ft.
On the way back we took the Carmel Valley Rd, which took us to I-5 back home. The weather was nice and sunny but the humidity was kind of low (40%) although we were right at the ocean there. The humidity today is 35% in San Marcos, and the temperature this morning at 7 am in 47F which is cold according to San Diego standards. At this time of the year temperature of -15F is normal in other parts of the country, like Cedar Rapids,Iowa. No wonder many people drive from as far as Colorado to come here during the holidays and enjoy the weather of San Diego in the winter.
When living here, there is no reason to go any other place, and that is exactly what we are doing, not going to any other place during the holidays.