We Love Del Norte

We Love Del Norte

Greetings Earthlings! MoJo Coastwalk has officially launched! We are en route on the California Coastal Trail. We hit the trail on Sunday May 1, 2016 with perfect sunny weather in Del Norte County. The sand was radiating warmth, the waves were crashing into bright white foam, and we were ready to get some miles behind … Continued
First days in Humboldt County

First days in Humboldt County

We started our 6th day on the California Coastal Trail on the north side of the Klamath River, where Oregos, a helpful Yurok spirit, is embodied as a large rock at the rivermouth. Oregos and her sister, another stalwart rock on the south side, help to guide the salmon up the Klamath to the Yurok … Continued
Hangin’ in Humboldt on the CCT

Hangin’ in Humboldt on the CCT

We woke up in our boat-in campsite feeling like we were in the jungle. Hummingbirds zoomed through the clearing above our tent, chirping and buzzing overhead. The morning fog accumulated in dew drops on the leafy walls around us. We packed up and took a last look around the lush little spot we had made … Continued
MoJo’s Trek along California’s Lost Coast

MoJo’s Trek along California’s Lost Coast

The Lost Coast—6 days to walk 64 miles of the wildest and most dramatic coastline in California, traversing black sand beaches, blooming wildflower flats, dense temperate rainforests, and steep mountain ridges that drop into the crashing sea below. The trail fords over two dozen year-round streams that cascade down steep-walled canyons, meeting the ocean at … Continued
MoJo in Mendo

MoJo in Mendo

We crossed from Humboldt in to Mendocino County while hiking the Lost Coast in Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Emerging from the backcountry at Usal Beach on the 21st day of our expedition, we were greeted by large male Roosevelt Elk grazing at the Usal Beach campground. Heading south from Usal, we were excited to hike … Continued
Stoked on Sonoma

Stoked on Sonoma

As we crossed over the Gualala River, beautiful Sonoma County greeted us with breathtaking views, best described by our favorite coast adventurer, J Smeaton Chase in 1911. The view was almost impossibly perfect…To the west I caught glimpses of dazzling sea; and southward I looked down upon the coast I had travelled during that and … Continued
From the Headlands to the Bay

From the Headlands to the Bay

We’ve made it into our fifth county along the California Coastal Trail! Marin County encompasses the spectacular Tomales Bay, famous for its oysters and gorgeous panoramas. We canoed across Tomales Bay over the San Andreas Fault to our boat-in campsite at Marshall Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. The canoe ride was a windy journey … Continued
MoJo in San Mateo

MoJo in San Mateo

We zoomed through San Francisco in a whirlwind of family, friends, fantastic trails, and fabulous fun. The City and County of SF share the same geographical boundaries, so in the blink of an eye, all 11 miles of SF County’s coastline had flown by, and we were entering our 6th county—San Mateo! One of the … Continued
Santa Cruzin’ the CCT

Santa Cruzin’ the CCT

We cruised into Santa Cruz County just in time to meet a big south swell hitting the coast! The whole community was buzzing with palpable excitement, as ocean lovers from all walks of life emerged to enjoy the waves. We were jones-ing for a surf, despite the dumping close-out waves, so we paddled out and … Continued
MoJo in Monterey

MoJo in Monterey

We received a wonderfully warm welcome into Monterey County from the folks at the REI store in Marina. They listened to our stinky skunk tale and could tell—and smell—that we were legit. They hooked us up with a new tent to call home, so that we could continue our journey south down the coast. Thank … Continued
Big Sur on the CCT

Big Sur on the CCT

Summertime was in full swing as MoJo hit the Big Sur coast—or rather, it hit us—with a wave of heat and humanity! Boom! We reached Big Sur, a wild and rugged stretch of Central California coastline at the end of June, exactly as the summer season and the tourist season were hitting their full stride. … Continued
San Luis Obispo on the CCT

San Luis Obispo on the CCT

After the strenuous miles of mountainous Big Sur, we were happy when the San Luis Obispo coastline flattened out into a broad, open marine terrace. We eagerly got off the highway and hiked along the bluffs, where we encountered spectacular blooms of wildflowers and succulents. We tried to navigate the rough cowpaths meandering across the … Continued