Torrey Pines is an area of beach and cliffs in San Diego.
It’s also home to the Torrey Pine, a tree found only here and one other place, named after a botanist’s friend in the 1800s. The scrubby pine grows out of the sandy soil and hangs on the edges of hills.
The Torrey Pine is not the most majestic of pines, not the most beautiful. It is distinctive, though. The stand of pines helped guide those at sea to the shore long before a lighthouse sat atop a San Diego point.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” We may wish we were more beautiful, had accomplished more, or any number of things. The Torrey Pine stands as a reminder to just be ourselves. You never know who is lost at sea, looking to you for inspiration.
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