I would like to one day walk the entire Wales Coastal Path route and see all its historical sites. If I could do so all in one go over a number of days, without having to go home and then ‘pick up’ as a designated check point, it would be the experience of a lifetime.
What would I need for this? I am not 100% sure. I would think the following:
- A fold away green poncho. I would wear this when it was raining or as a wind breaker.
- A scarf for warmth or to use as a makeshift sling if need be.
- A wide brimmed hat to keep the sun out of my eyes.
- A full length, light weight, waterproof coat to deal with the Welsh weather.
- A fleece for heat retention if the wind chill increases.
- Hard wearing jeans – but comfortable clothing really is the key.
- Suitable walking shoes or boots.
- A flask with water to drink so I do not become dehydrated. Another small flash with something a bit stronger in it too.
- Snacks – likely peanuts and biscuits for their high fat content to keep my energy levels up.
- A first aid kit with the various necessities and maybe also a small book about common issues and how to patch them up until I can get medical aid.
- A working mobile phone fully charged. Although no one would want to contact me so it would make no difference.
- Change in order to use pay phones should the mobile phone fail. Some money nonetheless for food etc.
- Perhaps a book or working knowledge of stop gaps where I can rest, possibly sleep safely and get food and drink. Not a map. Those restrict you and the coastal walk is basically ‘walk along the shoreline’ so it would be hard to get lost. If it became boring I just may set off in another direction entirely…
- A sturdy backpack in which to carry these items.
- A good camera to take photos on my journeys. Memories are important.
I have most of these items ready and waiting already on a chair in the living room except the backpack, first aid kit (except plasters/band aids) and knowledge of the route. I just may set off in another direction entirely anyway… Adventure awaits!
I guess what I am saying is that at heart, without realising it before, I have always been Snufkin from the Moomins. Snufkin is also known in the original Swedish version as Snusmumrik[en] or Mumrik[en] and in Finnish as Nuuskamuikkunen or Muikkunen. When my hair grows too long it begins to look like his and I did learn to play the harmonica too a few years ago. I don’t place much importance on possessions (except books) and would rather not have a set goal in my travels but just go wandering wherever life took me though I would return to certain places seasonally. I suppose that is what is important – having somewhere to return to where people will welcome you no matter how long you spend apart. Snufkin wandered but he always came back to Moomin Valley eventually.
On a side note this song from the 1972 version makes Snukfin sound like a Wild West badass… Like ‘The Man With No Name’ wandering into a desolate town.
This isn’t a serious post… I just considered the matter and realised it. I like the concept of being a wanderer. It’s a romantic notion but the reality is a far harsher matter altogether. This following song I always enjoyed though obviously it is taken out of context here. It is one of my all-time favourite songs.
Bonus points if you realised the connection of Clint Eastwood who played the ‘Man With No Name’ and who starred alongside Lee Marvin, who sang ‘I Was Born Under A Wandering Star’, in ‘Paint Your Wagon’! Although I don’t say it at the end of every post, I assure you, comments and likes are always welcome. If you would like to follow me that would also be welcome obviously!