Chard leaves tomorrow

July 3rd, 2008


Just a quick note before I head off to work.

Tomorrow I hit the road to Glasgow. My flight leaves at 1:00 pm and I arrive Saturday morning. I thought I should post a photo of the neighbor’s cat investigating Connies luggage. This photo was taken last year when Connie was preparing for the Coast to Coast walk.


Stuy checks out the luggage

Half of the walkers have arrived in Scotland

July 2nd, 2008

Connie called a while ago to let me know that she had arrived safely in Glasgow. She says she is tired (sleepy) and was getting ready to have dinner.

I am still at home getting final things packed, repacked, and last minute household chores done. I wonder what I will find that I have forgotten once I get there? Hopefully it will be something easily replaced or done without. It seems that no matter how many times one checks the list and revises the packing, there is always that one thing that we missed.

I leave the day after tomorrow, the Fourth of July and I can’t wait.

We appreciate everyone who has added their donation, no matter how small. As Connie said, every penny helps to save a these children. Even a donation of $10.00 is a great help to them. That’s just one movie ticket or a couple of Starbucks. Remember that you can still contribute now or even after the trip.

Thank you,


Connie departs today!

July 1st, 2008

I leave this afternoon for Scotland!

I wanted to share a little about my meeting with Patricia, who began cooking for the children in the settlements of Namibia and who founded Hope Initiatives. She was in Sonoma County as a guest of Food for Thought and Project Africa. At a gathering in Occidental, she shared a video and spoke for 20 minutes about the project, keeping us both spell bound and in tears as she described the miracles that have blossomed when there is adequate food. Children are able to go to pre-school. At the Bridging School seventy children, aged 10-18, are fed two meals a day when before they were too hungry to walk to school. There are cooking classes and support groups for HIV. There is still no electricity, they must use taxis to bring gas to run the fridges and freezer. Hope Initiatives has no car. In Kilamanjaro, water must be brought from 2 kilometers away. Now that the nutritional needs are on their way to being met, work can be done to meet psycho-social needs. Sexual abuse is a big concern and there is much stigma about HIV and AIDS in the country.

I was touched that Patricia had heard about my walk last year and she told me she had looked for the website to see my picture, no small thing when computers there are antiquated to our standards. A little goes so far there. I want all of you to know that each and every one of your contributions, large and small, means so much to Patricia and is so gratefully received.

Thank you for your support.

Only a week away!

June 26th, 2008

How time flies, Connie departs next Tuesday and I follow on Friday. It seemed like forever until this week and now we are almost on our way.

The weather in the Highlands has been unsettled the past month and we may be in for a bit of rain. Good thing we have lots of good outerwear thanks to Marmot and their generous support. I think that we are prepared for whatever Scotland dishes up while we are there.


Four weeks and counting!

June 4th, 2008

No walking last weekend but we did keep our exercise up. We also stayed consitent with the Scotland theme by going to a Scottish Country dance workshop and ball.
Next weekend we will have to do extra miles.
I waked today and plan on the same tomorrow. Connie still walks most days so I never quite catch up.

Return to the Walking for Project Africa 2008 website.

Posting from my PDA

May 24th, 2008

I have written a couple of days in my journal to post at one time as a test of how it might look on the walk. I expect to be unable to post some days but will continue to write every day.
Rain today makes it a good day to start packing. It is a ritual for me to pack and re-pack in the final weeks leading up to departure on any trip. It gets me in the mode of living out of my luggage.

Today is officially six weeks to go and counting. We will hike on Monday and I may ride on Saturday. Any exercise will help on the walk.

Test post

May 21st, 2008

I have tested posting from my PDA and it works great..

The only trouble is that I haven’t figured out how to post photo’s.

I have been walking as much as possible as our departure approaches. I tested new boots today and five miles on pavement was ok. The real test will be ten or more up and down. I am sure they will be fine. We are off in just over six weeks!

Return to the Walking for Project Africa 2008 website.

Willow Creek to Goat Rock

May 16th, 2008


Here are a few photo’s from a training hike on the Sonoma coast. This was with the “Over the hill hikers” on May 14

Another training hike at Point Reyes

April 20th, 2008

Last weekend we went on our third hike with Friends at Point Reyes. We covered about 13 miles and climbed to about 1300′ from our start at sea level. We saw grey whales from the beach on our lunch break and over all had a wonderful day. Here are some photos of the hike.

Bolinas Ridge Bolinas Ridge across the valley

Drake’s Bay from Mt Whittenburg Point Reyes Lighthouse across Drakes Bay

Point Reyes hikers 4.13.08 The Hikers training for Scotland

Resting on Sculptured Beach Lunch at Sculptured Beach

Whale! A whale!

Training continues

April 12th, 2008


We continue to get in shape for the upcoming walk in July. We have been walking every weekend at least one day and I walk to work (10 miles round trip) at least twice a week.

Last weekend we hiked in Willow Creek Preserve and along Bolinas Ridge trail in Marin County Ca. We have some friends who are walking the WHW in May and so hike with them as often as we can.

Here are some photos from our various walks.

Hiking to Drakes Head Tomales bay from Bolinas Ridge End of Bolinas Ridge hike.