Category Archives: Del Mar

Bliss Path

Yesterday, I had woken up remembering my dream from the night. In my dream, I had gone into a dark temple which was empty except for the Priest who I could not see. I sat down in this circular space and crossed my legs and the Priest started the chant, “Ommm”. I joined along with the chant “Ommmm”. It sounded empty and dull at first. Soon after there was another voice joining in and gradually the chant multiplied and before I knew it the room was full of people chanting and forming dance circles.

This was the right frame of mind to start off my day and serendipity led me to this trail that I had no idea existed. I found the San Dieguito River Trail by chance, I had planned on going to Del Mar dog beach but the tide was so unusually high that there was not much of a beach for the pooch to run around. So we ventured down the road to look over the marsh that was now a large body of water on the east side of the road. I crossed over the road to that side and saw a walking path and took the road less taken. Apparently, many people are also not aware of this trail because it was virtually empty save for the three to four people I came across in the 3 miles that I walked this trail.

Not long after I started walking you come upon the train tracks for the Coaster and so the trail does not officially start until after the train tracks. I cannot endorse crossing the train tracks, there is little warning of an oncoming train and they are fast so best to start after the train tracks. There is parking, I believe just where the path starts, you can consult the map I linked here or find parking just outside of the Del Mar Public Works building.

Continuing on this path were landscaped trails, benches, tranquility, peace and all kinds of different varieties of birds that crossed my path. There are signs posted allowing fishing in certain areas as well. The fog tempered any glare from the sun and made me feel that I was up in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps walking along the Deschutes or some other river trail in a cooler climate.

There are informative signs posted along the trail and I learned that this is a newer portion of the Coast to Crest trail and work began on this portion in May 2016. There was a walkway that also goes down into the middle of the marsh but it was closed at this time for construction to protect the wetland habitat.

sd-river-path-sign

As I crossed Jimmy Durante Blvd. to get to the other side of the trail, I passed what looked to be a new brewery being constructed. That will make for a nice riverside summer stop for a local brew and relaxing views.

new-brew

Along this stretch of the trail, it looked more landscaped and more signs were posted listing volunteers and the history and biology of the area. One engraved plaque on a stone really caught my eye though..

love-sign

It is hard to read from the photo, but it says, “This Riverpath made possible in part through the generous donation of land by Mary Lou Jefferson in memory of her husband Philip Jefferson”. I thought what a loving tribute to her husband to share this beautiful space with others in memory of her husband. So fitting for Valentine’s Day coming  around the corner. Evidently, many volunteers and donors put a lot of work into making this path a reality.

At this point, the trail or path seems to end at an overlook, former site of the  ‘Grand Avenue Bridge’. The Del Mar Sandpiper, a local paper, provides some interesting information on the origins of this former bridge, which is now a wetlands overlook deck.

old-grand-ave-bridge

I look forward to the completion of this ambitious Coast to Crest trail project. For more information on that, the San Dieguito River Park website has a plethora of info by clicking on the hyperlink under Coast to Crest trail project.

After my dream, I truly found my bliss on this path and that my friends in these crazy times is much-needed. Namaste.

 

 

 

Ruff Life at Del Mar Dog Beach

About a mile north of Torrey Pines Reserve and just west of the Del Mar racetrack is Dog Beach. Probably the plushest real estate devoted to dogs, I think I can safely say, in the world. This fine morning, the beach was relatively empty except for a small pack of dogs and their owners and a pick-up volleyball game setting up further back on the sand.

At a cool 58 degrees at high tide, the setting is just right for some introspection and stress relief. Looking around at the panoramic vistas makes you feel awe-inspired and allows space for some self reflection. Now, I guess a lot of people get that feeling when they go to church or synagogue or temple or what-have-you, but in a setting like this, this is my church.

There is a small little pathway that heads up to bluff overlooking the entrance to the Pacific Ocean with a very small little open space to circle around the cliff. You can see down to La Jolla looking south and up north to Encinitas in the other direction and right onto the green at the racetrack looking east and clear past to the mountain range, especially on a day like today. Watch your step up on the bluff, a lot of weather lately has made the cliff even more eroded back from where the chain rope fence borders, so keep your eyes open as you walk around.

Watch the surfers paddling out, the dogs chasing each other and reveling in the sun and surf, the probably self-made, yet craggy looking multi-millionaires who actually have the time to spend a morning at the beach bumming around (not me), and you feel like a small speck on this part of the planet; yet like you could do anything you set your mind to.

Dogs are confined to the beach area and cannot go up the path to the bluff. If you have a dog and bring them with you, it is good neighbour behavior to pick up after them. Watch your step though because some owners do not. If you park just north of the beach you will have to pay, so try to come from the south and park on the side of the street, if you come early enough it shouldn’t be a problem. Happy tails!043 044 046 047 048 049 056 057 058 060 063 067