My 39th Birthday  


Last Friday I turned 39! Can you believe it? I can’t. One year left of my 30’s! I thought I would be 21 forever. I really did. I guess because I got married, had my kids and a little house by the time I was 25. It all happened so fast. So I could either cry about it or embrace it. I chose to embrace it. I guess. Jk.

To celebrate my birthday, my family and I visited Torrey Pines State Reserve. This has been high on my list of places to visit so I’m happy we finally went. It is a beautiful natural reserve located along the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla, CA. You can visit their website here

Hiking and the ocean. What more could I ask for?


I was so amazed with the views, I tripped a couple of times not watching where I was walking but it was worth it. Sore ankle and all.


We started with Guy Fleming trail. It was fairly short simple (under 1 mile) with amazing views.


My daughter told me to point to the ocean.



Soaking it all in.

My son was happy to see this bench. He enjoys his breaks.

Once we finished the first trail, we took Perry grove trail which started with a steep 100 steps down entry.


It was my husband’s idea.


Once that looped around we took the steps back up and boy did that burn!


My dog would’ve went wild over this lizard but dogs are not allowed at this reserve. That’s probably a good thing.
My daughter helped me capture some of these lovely shots. She took photography this last year in High School and I think it shows.




I feel blessed to live in Southern California and within 1.5 hours of this place.

Once we were done with our hike, we headed to breakfast at the Broken Yolk Cafe in Del Mar where I enjoyed this amazing Acai bowl. But it didn’t stop there. I also ordered a delicious sweet potato and eggs but I could not finish it. I got a little carried away when I ordered.


I was so full from breakfast/lunch, I did not want much for dinner so we stopped at vons for a salad and sandwiches (for my family)

We made it to the beach just in time to catch the sunset.


My daughter the photographer.




We stood at the homewood suites by Hilton that night because I do not like driving back the same day. My kids love the free breakfast they have in the morning. Have you ever been?

Overall, it was a great birthday.  One day, I’ll go to Hawaii but for now I’ll enjoy local beauties like this.


Thanks for reading.

What places have you been or plan to visit this summer?







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