Relict Species: Torrey Pine

Relict, n: a remnant or survivor.Species, n: a distinct sort or kindTorrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)The Torrey Pine is North America's rarest pine tree, growing only on two bluffs in San Diego County, with a separate population growing on Santa Rosa Island of the Channel Islands. The geographic separation of the two populations suggests that the trees were once wide-spread, …

Torrey Pines State Reserve, Beach, and Extension

Perched across two bluffs separated by a lagoon stand the last groves of the rarest pine tree in North America, the Torrey Pine. The reserve that protects the remnants of these trees also protects a long strand of primeval beach, over which massive sandstone cliffs. Here, the visitor can catch one of the last glimpses …

a bookish mess

a place for books and such

Trail to Peak

Gear Reviews, Hiking, and Adventure Travel

the late bloomer hiker

Adventures in hiking...


Because life's too short to be an indoor cat.

Wanderstruck Studio

Adventure-Inspired Fine Art by Kris Grenier

Enchanted Seashells by Princess Rosebud

Beguiling pearls of wit, wisdom, and whimsy-with attitude

The Camping Post

Life Is Better Outside

Nobody Hikes in LA

Over 1,000 hikes in So Cal and beyond!

Bionicbaby's Weblog

Just another weblog

Rande's Coastal Real Estate Report

Just another site

Peakbagging and Pixels

Hiking and photography in the Southwestern U.S.