The locals who reside amongst the magnificent hills of Orinda, California, are said to be some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Located East of Berkeley, the city of Orinda has become a popular place for nature enthusiasts and Bay Area hikers to visit. With several parks open to visitors, hundreds of acres of land are open for exploring, and each one has its own unique experience. With plenty of space on the trails, the Wilder Trail of Sibley Park, for example, welcomes pedestrians, dogs on leashes, horses, and bicycles. But beware, the path is rockier than most, and the summers are notorious for rattlesnakes.

Another remarkable feature of the city is the popularity of the sport, water polo. Miramonte High School, established in 1955, is well known for its water polo program. The in-depth program is said to be one of the best and most successful in the country. Aside from water polo, Miramonte High School has produced dozens of successful athletes. Alumni Heather Petri and Andrew McDonald both become Olympic medalists in water polo, whereas Carolyn Schuler and Karen Moe were gold medalists in swimming. Several others went on to participate in professional sports like baseball, soccer, and football.

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