Hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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A resident of San Diego, California, Brian Borg is an avid hiker. When he’s not busy working, he often enjoys day hikes in various locations around San Diego County. One of the areas Brian Borg frequents for hikes is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Established in 1899, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve covers roughly 1,750 acres of land. Spanish sailors, who marked the area as Puna de los Arboles, or Wooded Point, on their maps, first recorded the area in the 1500s. These trees turned out to be the rare Torrey pine, a species of pine that only grows naturally along the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla and on Santa Rosa Island.

In addition to these rare pines, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve rewards guests with fantastic ocean views, unique desert landscapes, and cliffs. The area is also home to numerous species of diverse creatures and plants, along with several walking trails. There are six trails in total dotted around the reserve that allow guests plenty of opportunity to customize their hiking experience to suit their needs and abilities.

The trails found within the Reserve include the Guy Fleming, High Point, Parry Grove, Broken Hill, and Razor Point trails. These trails range from 100 yards in length to three-quarters of a mile and take guests through everything from wildflowers and ferns to sandstone canyons and sculptures. They are also suitable for guests capable of completing easy to moderate-level hikes.


The Early History of Blues Music

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Blues Music
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San Diego resident Brian Borg likes to play and listen to old blues music by artists like Blind Willie Johnson and Josh White. Blues listeners and artists like Brian Borg participate in a tradition dating back nearly 200 years, which spread to places like San Diego starting from the Mississippi Delta.

Blues originated among sharecroppers and slaves in the 19th century, as drum music, revivalist hymns, spirituals, and work songs mixed together to create a new genre about based on expressing emotion and the overcoming of trials and tribulations. Due to the geographic proximity to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, blues and jazz music influenced each other during the course of their creation. Blues, however, took much longer to spread.

Before World War II, blues usually involved solo performers traveling with only a guitar. The blues band sound evolved out of jug bands, jazz bands, and gospel choirs, adding jugs, washboards, harmonicas, and banjos, among other instruments. As blues continued to spread, it fragmented into a variety of genres, taking on elements of local music. Chicago blues, for instance, added an electric sound to traditional blues music, while boogie-woogie added ragtime elements such as piano accompaniment.

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