Marianela at Asilomar Beach

Marianela takes a relaxing bike tour of the peaceful Asilomar State Beach in the city of Pacific Grove, CA

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Marianela explores the park with Paul Reps of Point Lobos State Reserve. 960 1280

  

Monterey Cypress

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This Monterey Cypress growing from a cliff offers a dramatic view. 960 1280

  

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marianela poses

Marianela poses in front of the enchanting 350-year-old Monterey Cypress. 960 1280

  

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spectacular coast

Marianela and Paul observe the coast’s spectacular beauty. 960 1280

  

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picture perfect

She can’t get over the picture-perfect view. 960 1280

  

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nature's masterpiece

Marianela calls the reserves “nature’s masterpiece.” 960 1280

  

crown jewel

crown jewel

Visitors are reminded to protect the “crown jewel” of the state park system. 960 1280

  

artists inspriation

artists inspriation

It’s easy to see why artists come here for inspiration. 960 1280

  

nature's guests

nature's guests

Marianela has never seen anything like it. “We are nature’s guests,” she says. 960 1280

  

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california coast

Marianela snaps a photo of the stunning California coast. 960 1280

  

california ground squirrel

california ground squirrel

They make a new friend -- the California Ground Squirrel. 960 1280

  

close and personal with nature

close and personal with nature

Marianela gets up close and personal with nature, getting a better look at the wildlife. 960 1280

  

birds gliding

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Two birds glide overhead. The Reserve protects over 250 species of animals. 960 1280

  

nettles

nettles

They check out these unique-looking nettles. 960 1280

  

sea lion point

sea lion point

Sea lions sunbathe on the rocks at Sea Lion Point. 960 1280

  

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beach volleyball

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Marianela receives some beach volleyball tips from coach Mark Hull. 960 1280

  

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california attitude

Marianela embraces the laid-back California attitude of Santa Cruz. 960 1280

  

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sand castles

Girls are having fun in the sun making sand castles. 960 1280

  

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volleyball practice

Marianela practices her beach volleyball skills. 960 1280

  

santa cruz boardwalk

santa cruz boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is the “Coney Island of California” complete with roller coasters. 960 1280

  

volleyball mecca

volleyball mecca

Santa Cruz is a beach volleyball mecca with over 15 courts. 960 1280

  

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marianela learns

Marianela’s ready to learn how to ‘set’ the volleyball. 960 1280

  

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These courts are frequented by both amateurs and experts alike. 960 1280

  

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volleyball game

After some practice, Marianela is ready to jump into a game with the locals. 960 1280

  

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Santa Cruz is the perfect setting for seaside fun. 960 1280

  

santa cruz coast

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One look at the picturesque Santa Cruz coast and you’ll see why Marianela fell in love with this beach. 960 1280

  

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Visitors take a pleasure cruise in their sailboats. 960 1280

  

Marianela at beach-volleyball-meca Santa Cruz
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Marianela at beach-volleyball-meca Santa Cruz

Marianela's first stop was to beach-volleyball-mecca Santa Cruz where she gets lessons from a master. 960 1280

  

Marianela plays "volley soccer"

Marianela plays "volley soccer"

After spending a day learning how to properly dink and pepper, a game of "volley soccer" breaks out on the beach. 960 1280

  

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Marianela gets up close and personal with nature with Paul Reps from Point Lomos State Natural Reserve. 960 1280

  

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Next up, she heads 10 miles west of Malibu to explore El Matador Beach. 960 1280

  

Marianela frolics on El Matador Beach

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Marianela strips down to frolic in the romantic alcoves and sea caves that El Matador has to offer. 960 1280

  

El Matador Beach

El Matador Beach

The beautiful views and scenery also make El Matador a popular photo-shoot location. 960 1280

  

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The only price you'll pay for a beautiful day at this beach? Trekking down a 150-foot flight of treacherous steps. 960 1280

  

Dockweiler Beach

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Marianela makes some friends on Dockweiler Beach, one of the only beaches in Southern California that allows bonfires. 960 1280

  

Surfrider Beach

Surfrider Beach

When it comes to California beaches, Marianela says the one that is an absolute must is Surfrider, one of the premiere surfing spots in the world located next to the Malibu pier. 960 1280

  

Surfrider Beach

Surfrider Beach

Having already surfed here before, Marianela learns how to stand-up paddleboard. 960 1280

  


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