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TorreyPines Contact High

Have you noticed that just before you start to feel happy, you were doing something you might call a "natural behavior?" That's a behavior you do because it's programmed into you by your genes. It includes everything from babymaking to burping.

It's too bad we spend so much of our time ignoring our happiness-urges. Every now and then, it's nice to hang out with living things that do exactly what they want all the time. That would include almost every other living thing on earth.

This Sunday, we'll get to know some of the happy residents at Torrey Pines State Reserve - mostly plants and a few birds. We'll understand what it feels like to be them. From then on, you'll be able to get into that frame of mind and recreate the contact high any time you want.

This tour is one of the regular ones I do as a volunteer for Torrey Pines State Reserve. It starts at 2 pm behind the museum/lodge/ranger station, overlooking the lagoon. Anyone who works in the park can direct you there.

Admission to the park is free - but they charge $10 to park a car. You may want to carpool and/or look for free parking in the municipal golf course parking lot south of the park. If you park there, give yourself an extra half-hour to walk to our meeting spot.

Hiking boots, water, a hat, and a windbreaker are good things to bring. Although we'll never get more than a mile from our starting point, we'll be out 2-3 hours.

The park doesn't allow dogs or food on the trails. I'll check my e-mail an hour before meeting time and answer any messages. Arrive early. If you're late, you might not be able to find us.

More information, including directions, is at

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