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Women cross Malibu on awareness trek up the coast
This spring, Morgan Visalli and Jocelyn Enevoldsen and their logistics manager Alisan Amhrein embarked upon a gargantuan trek: the MoJo Coastwalk, a hike of all 1,200 miles of the California Coastal Trail to grow coastal awareness.
When the three women met at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California at Santa Barbara, they drew up the concept for their three-and-a-half-month journey.
Visalli and Enevoldsen, known as Mo and Jo, started off right above Crescent City this May and entered Malibu on Thursday, July 21.
When the Malibu Surfside News caught up with them at Trancas Creek, Visalli and Enevoldsen said they had walked 10-12 miles a day for 10 weeks. Their knowledge of California ecosystems and geography has grown as they move from one California coast to the next, one step at a time.
Because big sections of the trail don’t exist yet, they have had to do extensive bike-arounds to circumvent such sites as the Ventura County Naval Base at Port Hueneme. Places in Malibu, such as Nicholas Canyon Beach where the combination of cliffs and high tide made walking impossible, forced them to go back up to the Pacific Coast Highway to walk.
The day they came through Malibu, however, Broad Beach was not broad at all, so they had to trek back to the highway for a spell.
Back on the sand at the mouth of Trancas Creek, Visalli and Enevoldsen were eager to continue to the tide-pools past Point Dume. When asked how these regions are faring given their relatively recent protection via the Marine Protected Areas and Areas of Special Biological Significance status, Enevoldsen would not speculate.
In her work with the Coastal Conservancy, Enevoldsen was impressed by the restoration project at the Malibu Lagoon and intrigued by potential restoration projects at Trancas Lagoon and Topanga Lagoon.
Sometime after their journey ends, Visalli, Enevoldsen and Amhrein will create an app about the California Coastal Trail.
“We learn something new every day,” Visalli said.