Scripps Coastal Preserve Knoll (3 photos)

So far I’ve always been to the beach portion of Scripps Coastal Preserve. It does also include a “knoll” part – a small pocket of undeveloped land just south and above of South Torrey Pines State Beach (aka Black’s Beach). A short loop called the “Biodiversity Trail” leads to the edge of the cliff through coastal chaparral.

On a mild Saturday afternoon in January, the place was pretty busy – it’s beautiful, but being surrounded by the prime coastal real estate of La Jolla Farms (what a joke that name is), and then seeing that this tiny little pocket of natural space is all that’s left of what once was entirely coastal chaparral habitat made my heart heavy. It was one of those moments where I couldn’t keep the dark & gloomy thought from creeping into my head that we humans have somehow mutated into a virus on our planet.

And even then, when so much is lost, people can’t respect the most simple rules: at the entrance, a signs limits the usage, like in many places along the coast. “No dogs” it says so we let Toni wait in the car – and then promptly saw two people walking their dogs there. “No picnic” and we saw people sitting on their blankets. “No access beyond this point, unstable cliffs!” – guess where everyone is standing. “No smoking” and some young folks just light up their spliff… sitting on their picnic blanket… at the edge of the cliffs, beyond the ‘unstable cliffs’ sign. Seriously? Nothing seems to matter anymore…

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