The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes area is a little-traveled patch of California that Huell Howser loved and "Wow-ed!" about. The PBS TV host visited the 18-mile coastal stretch from Pismo Beach to Point Sal several times, filmed it for his "California's Golden Coast" series and helped campaign for a museum on the site.
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center in Guadalupe became a reality in 1999, and now the center will pay tribute to one of its biggest fans with a memorial hike on Feb. 9. Howser, 67, died of prostate cancer Jan. 7.
"He organized fundraisers and gave some speeches," Lindsey Whitaker, education and administrative coordinator for the Dunes Center, said Tuesday. "We organized a member hike when he came to visit, so this will be a kind of flashback."
The center, a nonprofit organization that educates people about rare coastal dune habitat, sponsors the hike starting at 10 a.m. from the parking lot at Oso Flaco Lake Road in Nipomo off of California Highway 1 ($5 for parking).