We three
Sisters of the sea

Could think of nowhere else
That we would rather be
And so we hatched a plan
To hike where sea meets land
A thousand miles or more
While always by the shore
We walk to tell the tale
Of a half-built coastal trail
And how we all must care
For a coast that we all share
So come out and say hello
Walk a mile or share a meal
Where California’s gold
Meets Pacific Ocean teal

 


The three of us met during graduate school at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management in Santa Barbara, where we were pursuing our master’s degrees in Coastal Marine Resource Management. We were drawn to each other by our shared love of the sea and our desire to be in nature, and at school our friendship blossomed into a sisterhood. After grad school we were each awarded a California Sea Grant State Fellowship, which gave us the opportunity to work for a state or federal agency for one year to gain hands-on marine policy experience. Coming from science backgrounds, we were excited to expand our skills in the policy world. We split ways for the year. Morgan Visalli (Mo) stayed in Santa Barbara with NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Jocelyn Enevoldsen (Jo) worked at the California State Coastal Conservancy in Oakland; and Alisan Amrhein split her time between Los Alamitos and Bodega Bay while working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The idea for MoJo Coastwalk came about when Jo found out about the California Coastal Trail during her fellowship. When we first heard about the dream to build a trail along the entire California coastline we were instantly inspired, and knew it was time to put our knowledge and skills to work to find innovative ways to make this dream a reality. We knew that if we had never heard of the trail before, chances are many others didn’t know about it either, so we should help spread the word! We connected with the California Coastal Trail Association and applied for a grant to become trail ambassadors. As ambassadors, we would walk and bike the entire California Coastal Trail, while mapping our route, collecting trail information, and spreading the word about the trail all along the way! So MoJo Coastwalk came to be, with Mo and Jo as thru-hikers and Alisan as manager, support van driver and communications coordinator. We set off from the Oregon border on May 1st, 2016 and headed south to Mexico. 96 days and over 1,200 miles later, we made it to the Mexico border on August 4th. Read more about the journey in our blog!

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