January 11, 2003

By Michael Strickland

America's Finest Climate

During my recent travels, I got to feel what a real winter felt like. Well, to be honest, skies were clear throughout my trip—but temperatures certainly felt wintry in many of the places I visited. Santa Fe, for instance, only warmed to a chilly 38 during the two days I was there. Patches of snow speckled the ground at both White Sands and the Very Large Array. And of course, at over 10,000 feet, Sandia Peak had a full covering of the white stuff.

Now, I'm back in Paradise, America's Finest City, San Diego, just a few miles from the beach. It's mid-January, and it's sunny and 70 degrees. Yes, this city has become overcrowded. Yes, the traffic's often as bad as L.A. But in so many ways, this is still the best place in the United States to live.

What am I going to do with this perfect day, just two days before I stick my nose back in the books for four more months? I'm going to get out in it, hike up to one of my favorite spots, Torrey Pines State Park. It's one of the most beautiful spots in this beautiful city. Miles of trails twist and wind along dramatic sandstone bluffs, overlooking the pristine beaches between Del Mar and La Jolla. Majestic groves of Torrey Pines and broad swaths of chaparral (and the occasional cactus) cover the breathtaking topography. Well-maintained trails include wooden decks and overlooks, where one can sit and look for migrating whales (which is what I intend to do today).

I'd like to write more, but time's a'wasting!


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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