Ever thought of walking down to Monterey? Well, Rachel Kippen who has done it more than a dozen times will be sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for exploring one of the longest contiguous stretches of walkable sandy shoreline on the West Coast – a distance of over 40 miles.
In one journey, a bay hiker can pass State Park lands, agricultural fields, bustling harbors and fisherpeople, fragile sand dunes, popular tourist beaches, otherworldly empty expanses of coastline, and cross three rivers all while immersing oneself in the region’s wildlife and ecosystems. She says “Driving Highway One to Monterey will never be quite the same.”
Visitors have the opportunity to walk almost entirely uninterrupted from New Brighton State Beach to Del Monte Beach in Monterey. This coastline offers locations to beach camp or lodge and to view seasonal wildlife including sea birds, whales, snowy plovers, sea otters and more. Rachel will provide tips, encouragement and itinerary guidance for the treks which can be done solo, in groups, on day trips or weekends, or a 4-day jaunt.
Rachel Kippen is the Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey and was previously Director of Programs at Save Our Shores. She has also worked as a marine science educator, a kayak guide and a whale tour naturalist. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies. She grew up on two islands, one in the Puget Sound and the other in Hawai’i, so she spent her youth learning about the ocean by snorkeling, surfing, and paddling. Her travels have taken her to the waters of Yucatan, South Africa, Cuba, and Tonga.