By Melina Sempill Watts

July 19, 2016

 Local Jocelyn Enevoldsen came home to a hero’s welcome at the Ventura Pier along with former U.C.S.B. Bren School of Environmental Science and Management classmates Morgan Visalli and logistical guru Alisan Amrhein, who left Oregon on foot this May and have been hiking and biking down the entire California Coastal Trail via the MoJo Coastwalk — a 1,200-mile trek.

 They’ve seen redwood forests, endured a nighttime skunk encounter and transitioned from camping and hiking on mountain trails overlooking the sea to miles of walking on sand shorelines. The three women hope to bring awareness and to encourage the completion of the California Coastal Trail (only two-thirds executed) and to support coastal resource preservation.

 “Growing up in Ventura was wonderful. Being so close to the ocean definitely inspired a passion within me to protect it because I spent so many wonderful times there,” Enevoldsen said. “That was the place I went for peace and tranquility all throughout my childhood. It’s important for me to give back, so that is why I went to UCSB to study marine biology.” 

For updates on these women as they complete the MoJo Coastwalk, go to http://mojocoastwalk.com.