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Mona and David Matthews from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in a ‘mad’ moment, have decided to walk the 1400km, 870 mile coastal path of Wales! They will do this to raise money for cancer research and related support in Wales, Canada and the USA. David, who was raised in Wales, will celebrate his 70th birthday on the walk. The official start date will be, from Chepstow, SE Wales, on St David’s Day, 2014.
Please support the cause by donating and sharing this website with family, friends and colleagues!
May 2015 be as successful and rewarding to our MaD Walking friends as this deer’s venture into our Calgary garden!!
MaD WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
With great memories of our walk around the coast of Wales, THANK YOU for your support and following!
One of the questions we are frequently asked is ‘What was the highlight of your walk?’. While we will never forget all the wonders of the Welsh coast, its outstanding beauty, mystery and history, foremost in our hearts and minds are the people who provided us with such tremendous support, generosity and encouragement – the people we met in Wales and those who we ‘met’ through Facebook and our website. They walked with us to the finish! DIOLCH YN FAWR IAWN!
Dec.17th: SPIRIT TRAIL + PETROGLYPHS Temp about -10C, overcast. About 8km return hike from trailhead.
Dec.16th: DUTCH CREEK HOODOOS HIKE or TRACK SOUP! Temperature about -10C, overcast, remnants of snow only! Staying in Fairmont, BC for a few days…resting before the Christmas rush! Started using the expression ‘Track Soup’ back in the early ’70s when, on weekends, staff members from Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in the NWT, wannabe hunters, would venture out hunting sharp-tail and spruce grouse and ptarmigan…more often than not, with limited success. When asked of the hunt, we would, on those many fruitless days, answer with “It’s track soup again!”
Today on this hike, we saw none of the animals – bear, cougar, fox, badger, touted on the Hoodoos sign at the trailhead…”It’s track soup again!”
In the photos you will see the Hoodoos, the Columbia River valley, the Dutch Creek valley, and glimpses of Columbia Lake and…tracks…
[“The Hoodoos at Dutch Creek in Fairmont are a well know landmark to all travelers on the north south highway through the East Kootenays. According to the Ktunaxa Creation Story they are the ribs of a huge sea monster…they are are part of a terrace of glacial deposits and these cliffs were the result of the erosion of the terrace by Dutch Creek flood waters that separated the terrace at this point.’ ref:www.geocaching.com]
October 30th: Today, we made an early 1 1/2 hr ‘dash’ to Zion National Park to beat the rush! Zion is a very popular park and today was no different. However, getting there just after 8am made the difference. With temps about 9C [26C later in the afternoon] we were able to complete a morning 7 mile hike through some beautiful terrain. What colour and structure! Even ‘tame’ wild turkeys grazed quietly… Heading home tomorrow!