“The Best Laid Plans o’ Mice and Men Gang Aft Agley”
The poem by Robert Burns very likely sums up the year for many of us. In Hong Kong COVID restrictions, which are now only just easing, put a damper on the plans of many people. A blisteringly hot summer with some of the highest temperatures ever recorded in the territory meant that attempting any serious hiking was out of the question. Sadly, some people were not deterred by the conditions and paid the price. Please see here and here.
Just this morning, (26th December) there was the news of a father and son who have gone missing in the Sai Kung area. A subsequent report revealed that they had been found. Sadly, the father was unconscious and certified dead at the hospital. The son who has intellectual disabilities was unable to call for help.
However, the year was not all doom and gloom. In the company of my very supportive wife, Airyn, and my son, James, and his lovely wife, Cat, we managed to complete some interesting challenges.
I am always grateful for my friends and readers to make contributions and the first post of 2022 was Mui Wo to Pui – A Photo Essay by my friend David Muir.
In this contribution, David relates his journey by bicycle from Mui Wo to Pui O along with photos of the scenery. David also sent us his report on hiking the Dragon’s Back, which is part of the Hong Kong Trail.
Hiking in Canada
The next contribution of note was sent to me by my old friend, Allen Lai, from Canada. Impressed by my efforts to walk five kilometres a day, he decided to emulate my efforts. What is significant about his efforts was the fact that it was minus 17 degrees in his locality. You can read more about this in Hiking With Allen in Toronto.
The Wilson Trail Section 8 Part One
The first hike of real significance for me was Section 8 of the Wilson Trail. I was so fortunate in that I was able to do this route in the company of Airyn, James, and Cat.
This route was strenuous in places but great fun. It was followed by Yum Cha in Tai Wo Plaza.
A Day Camp at the Waterfront Park
Taking advantage of the beautiful weather in April, Airyn and I decided to have a day camp at the Tai Po Waterfront Park. You can read more about it here. We packed up our brand-new foldable tent, bought more in the way of munchies than we could eat, and set off for the park.
I can thoroughly recommend this area for a visit, even if you don’t plan to do a day camp. The Waterfront Park is well maintained and with the easing of COVID restrictions will be even more fun.
Spider Walks – Two Contributions from Sasha Haldane
An old friend from my scuba diving days, Sasha is a keen photographer and her interest and love of insect life will be evident in her photos. You can see Part Two of her contributions here.
A Contribution from Tiffany
I was very grateful to receive this contribution from my friend, Tiffany. In the company of her friend, Tiffany visited the Fan Sin Temple and the Wun Yiu Exhibition Centre before continuing on to Tai Wo over section eight of the Wilson trail.
Her post may be seen here.
Allen Lai – My friend, Rock Climbing Mentor, and traveler extraordinaire
No mention of contributions would be complete without mentioning Allen’s excellent travelogues. His contributions have been a major plus to Stewart Goes Walkies. To mention just a few, his first travelogue was My Travels in Turkey, which was published in four parts. Allen went on to entertain us with his travels through Europe, an Alaskan Voyage, his visit to the Holy Land, and others.
To say that I am grateful, doesn’t do justice. Thank you, Allen.
David St. Maur Sheil
No appreciation of contributors would be complete without mentioning David St. Maur Sheil. David is a close neighbour in the Lam Tsuen valley and has a strong interest in the history and geology of the valley.
Whilst David has not actually contributed any posts, he has suggested ideas for routes which I subsequently followed and was able to produce photos and information about the She Shan River. You can see the post here.
David is an artist who uses natural pigments collected and hand-ground from the local soil. Samples of his artwork may be seen on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/david.smsheil. You may also find his work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/david_sheil_studio/
My Personal Highlight
I have written a great deal about the New Territories Cycle Track and my intention to walk the entire 70 kilometres. In October, in the company of Airyn and James, I was able to complete the penultimate section from Sheung Shui to Yuen Long, which was just under 18 kilometres. You can read about Sheung Shui to Yuen Long – A Kinabalu Moment, here.
Obviously, it would not be possible to mention all of the posts uploaded in 2022. However, I wish to sincerely thank all the people who have contributed to Stewart Goes Walkies. I am also grateful for the messages of support I have received.
November was a bit of a disaster when Airyn and I tested positive for COVID and while it was a bit of a setback I am looking forward to getting out with friends and family in 2023. Please stay tuned.
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