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[Summer Guide] From archery to volleyball, your alphabetical primer on getting off your butt this summer

 

Archery
Archery
Camping
Camping

VOLLEYBALL
Sure, there are plenty of places along the beach with volleyball nets, but sand volleyball is muy caliente on the feet and a bit tiring. And if you’re out of shape or you suck, you’re going to get laughed at by all the fitter, more-athletic people around you. An alternative to the very crowded—and very ego-deflating—beach is to bring a net and find one of the county parks that have permanent volleyball poles. While three are located right on the beach (Newport Harbor in Irvine, Sunset Beach and Capistrano Beach), the majority are inland. If you’re thinking midday, consider Laguna Niguel Regional Park, as it’s only a couple of miles from the ocean. Since all the county’s regional parks close at 9 p.m., you’ll have no problem practicing your sets and spikes in a temperature-friendly park once the sun starts setting. Our preferred choice: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, which rests on 141 acres and was once the community of Olinda. Unlike many parks, which are surrounded by housing developments, this one sits right next to 14,000-acre Carbon Canyon State Park. www.ocparks.com.

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