Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli speak out for the California Coastal Trail.

In 2016 Morgan Visali and Jocelyn Enevoldsen, recent grads from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management walked the entire California coast from north to south. Congratulations to the “Mojo Coastwalk,” which generated lots of favorable publicity for the California Coastal Trail!

Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli speak out for the California Coastal Trail.
Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli speak out for the California Coastal Trail.

It was with great pleasure that I recently attended a talk the two young women gave in Santa Barbara: “Thru-Hiking the California Coastal Trail: Oregon to Mexico in 96 Days.” The two hiked the coastline on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the California Coastal Commission, the government body charged with protecting the California coast.

Mojo two shot“We were engaged every single second,” Jocelyn declared. Morgan and Jocelyn (the “Mo” and “Jo” of MoJo Coastwalk) told stories from their adventure, and raved about “the wildflowers, wildlife and insane views.” Jocelyn joked that they became “geology nerds” and the way she described Monterey shale formations, you would think she was describing a work of art.

Admittedly I’m one of their biggest fans. The high-energy women paid me a visit before the trip and I shared some of the highlights and challenges of my own walk up the coast (I journeyed south to north). I also had a chance to hike the California Coastal Trail with Mo and Jo one afternoon when they walked along the shores of my hometown, Santa Barbara.

The California Coastal Trail is deceptively simple. I mean, how hard can it be to walk along the beach and bluffs?

You’d be surprised!  Many beaches are dangerous, even impassable, at high tide. Most wearying are the many miles of road-walking when you can’t hike by the shore.

I tell the story of my long walk along the coast and through the coastal mountains while pioneering a route for the California Coastal Trail  in a recently published book Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 Miles on the California Coastal Trail.

Mo and Jo took extensive notes and shot video and contributed to an app that will be released soon that highlights 88 points of interest along the California Coastal Trail.

Leading the way on the California Coastal Trail. (L-R) Morgan Visalli, Jocelyn Enevoldsen, CCT supporter, John McKinney
Leading the way on the California Coastal Trail. (L-R) Morgan Visalli, Jocelyn Enevoldsen, CCT supporter, John McKinney

The coastal ambassadors were supported by modest funding from the State Coastal Conservancy and the California Coastal Trails Association, which advocates for public access to the coasty via the California Coastal Trail.

Morgan Visali and Jocelyn Enevoldsen are marvelous advocates for the California Coastal Trail and it would be great if a governmental body or nonprofit organization could support their efforts to spread the good word about the trail and work toward its completion. Learn more about their walk and ongoing efforts to publicize the California Coastal Trail at MojoCoastwalk. Go Mo and Jo!

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