Thanksgiving Day is typically the first big family get together where a bountiful and seemingly never ending supply of goodies kicks off the holiday season. We’ve all experienced the tryptophan nod on the sofa after feasting on multiple slices of turkey. So if you’re not into football and are wanting to avoid the inevitable coma, why not get out and about in La Jolla and stretch those leg muscles and drop those excessive calories like a bad habit? La Jolla is the idyllic seaside locale to delight in abundant sunshine, suck in fresh air, and partake in various forms of exercise – everything from coastal treks to meandering through outdoor art collections.
Take a Hike!
No, no, don’t stop reading. Did you know La Jolla is the backdrop of several stunning walking and jogging trails? The most notable ones are found within Torrey Pines State Reserve. The ever popular 3/4 mile Beach Trail is a great way to begin your after Thanksgiving meal. The trail twists and turns through trees, brush, and then down the cliffs to the Pacific shoreline. If you’re looking for a tad longer of a hike, give the Broken Hill Trail a go. This scenic 1.3 mile trail provides superb views of the Pacific Ocean and the serrated sandstone cliffs Torrey Pines is famous for.
Rent a Bike
Many people already own their own bike and are well-aware of the benefits of pedalling around to one’s content. In fact, bike riding is one of the more enjoyable activities to burn off some calories after a large meal. Why not take time this year and enjoy a laid-back bike ride through scenic La Jolla? Bike rentals are readily available at such places as California Bicycle and Bike and Kayak tours, Inc. Consequently, if you’re considering something a tad more well-thought-out, La Jolla Kayak offers a Soledad Slide Bike Tour thrice a day. Each tour is two hours in duration and originates on the crest of Mt. Soledad, then continues down and along La Jolla’s famous coastline.
Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to take a breather and revel in the incredible panorama, including Windansea Beach, Bird Rock, the charming seals at the Children’s Pool, and, of course, La Jolla Cove. In addition, La Jolla Kayak offers combination bike and kayak tours, which bring together the Soledad Slide Bike Tour and the original La Jolla Kayak Tour for a full half-day surf and turf escapade.
Walk Sunny Jim Cave
Sunny Jim Cave is one of the oldest and more exclusive spots in all of La Jolla. It is situated right below the Cave Store, which to this very day remains the longest-running business in the Village. Once you enter the store, you’ll move down exactly 145 steps to enter the one-and-only sea cave that is entirely accessible by land in California. You and your loved ones can make your way through a tunnel that dates back to 1902. This is when pioneer and German engineer Gustav Schultz began digging through multiple layers of dirt and rock with his bare hands. Ouch! FYI, way back when early people visited the cave, they were forced to descend hap-hazardously by rope until stairs were finally added a few years later. Entrance to Sunny Jim Came is a mere $5 per adult.
Walk the Stuart Collection at UCSD
The Stuart Collection is a collection of 18 public art installations peppered all over the UCSD campus. A mutual agreement established back in 1982 basically permits the all-inclusive university campus to be considered as sites for commissioned sculpture. Furthermore, the collection has continued to expand sine the agreement. With art ranging from a 23-foot high granite bear statue to a grove of talking trees, the impressive collection is at the same time hip, distinctive, and unquestionably on the list of just-gotta-see places in La Jolla. Visitors are able to print out a map on the Stuart Collection website that illustrates where each piece of art is located.