About

Walking is good for the body, mind and soul.

While I was a student in South Africa I went backpacking with a hiking/mountaineering group called Exploratio. I bought a down sleeping bag, hiking boots, a rain suit and an outside frame backpack. I saw my first snow in July 1979 in the Drakensberg Mountains. It made the trip harder but also so much more memorable. I was fortunate enough that the leaders had mapped out the route in such a way that we even slept in caves! Consequently I hiked some more in the Drakensberg (Sept 1979, Dec 1981) as well as the Wolkeberge (1980, 1981) and the Wild Coast trail (1980). Only in hindsight do I now realize what a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was. I regret that I did not keep a journal then and I did not even bring a camera on my first four trips…

This picture was taken in 1981 during my 3rd trip to the Drakensberg

In October 2018 I walked 155 km of the Camino Frances pilgrimage. I started this blog during the preparation stages for the Camino.

Post – Camino my goal is to walk the whole length of the Bruce Trail in stages and also to use walking as an exercise to keep me healthy. I go on day hikes and take pictures on the Bruce Trail. Running along the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario from Niagara to Tobermory, the Bruce Trail spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over 400 km of associated side trails.

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I am a pilgrim on this journey called Life. “Let go and Let God” is my every day goal. Walking on water so to speak.

AJ, my son, is my hiking buddy. He has a disability and hiking is a great stress reliever. It also gives him the opportunity to be responsible, sociable and live a healthy lifestyle.

I identify with keeping our Earth a viable place to live for all people. I believe that taking responsibility for my own consumer habits is a good first step. I try to buy less in general, ride share and also use the least amount of plastic, water and electricity as possible.

 use it over
wear it out
make it do
or do without

P.S. Exposure to different cultures results in having a wider perspective. My outlook is therefore “Mixed Up”.

Sincerely, MixedUp Marge