Students experience the beauty of Monterey Bay on a sunset hike

Story and photos by Oscar Daniel Jimenez Iniguez 

Students had the chance to witness a Monterey Bay sunset on a scenic hike organized by  California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Recreation on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The hike went from campus to Fort Ord Beach and back. While on the hike, students got a chance to see Monterey Bay’s preserved coastal dunes while experiencing the natural environment the trail offered. 

When arriving at Fort Ord Beach students were met with crashing waves all along the coast and got to view sanderling birds narrowly avoiding the water as the waves went back-and-forth.

Despite the clouds preventing the sun from fully appearing, student outdoor leaders Violet Delgado and Anna Plover still felt like the event was a success and were grateful to share with students the surrounding CSUMB area.

“It’s a really great thing to get students out to the beach because it’s only a mile and a half walk. We want to encourage people and bring them out if they are not comfortable going on their own. It’s just a really great opportunity to have the beach and a place to hike right next to the school,” said Delgado. 

“Hiking is a good way to just destress and decompress at the end of the week along with being a good way to exercise. It’s a great way to get students to experience the beach and watch the sunset and build a community overall,” said Plover.

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