Hawaii July 2019

2019 Favorites

Hello 2020. I’m grateful you’re here. I am already pumped for all that’s coming in 2020. It’s going to be an AMAZING year, I can feel it. But before we get too far into 2020, I want to  I want to take a minute to record some favorites from 2019. So here are some of …

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Day 2 on The Camino (Navarrete to Najera)

Navarrete to Najera. 18 kilometers, Day 2 on The Camino Or It rained and then the sun came out.  This post is our trip log from Navarrete to Najera. You can read more posts from this walk, or from other Camino trips.  Some nights of sleep are so bad that you are just relieved to wake …

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Day 1 on The Camino: Logrono to Navarrete

Logrono to Navarrete. At 12 kilometers, Day 1 on The Camino could also be titled: Let’s Ease Into This, Shall We? We didn’t wake up early in Logrono.  It was probably around 10am when we walked out of our little flat in Logrono and stepped onto the Camino.  We knew we were starting with a …

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Camino Beginnings (Logrono to Burgos)

Camino Beginnings or How You Know It’s Time to Go For A Long Walk in Spain  The Camino de Santiago. It’s one of my favorite trails in the world. Not necessarily because of its beauty (though it is beautiful), but (and I realize how cheesy this sounds) what I really love is the Spirit of the …

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Return to The Camino: Humility Walk

Today I am leaving to Return to the Camino, To go on something I’m calling Humility Walk Why? Because bombs are falling in Syria again. Because people of color are being disproportionately killed in the US. Because poor people are sitting in prison even though they are innocent, just because they can’t afford bail. Because …

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Snapshots of Michigan: Apple Picking + Sand Dunes

Michigan Fall Break So another Chino fall break highlight was heading to Michigan for our first time ever. (Check another state off of your list Simon!) We drove over on Saturday morning and after a quick picnic lunch (from Blackberry Market, of course), we went exploring. We hiked several trails where the forest floor turned …

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Snapshots of Starved Rock: Camping in Illinois

Camping at Starved Rock State Park We went camping at Starved Rock State Park a couple weeks ago for Simon’s fall break and I remembered that one of my favorite rooms with a view is this tent. It’s true. Seeing the trees RIGHT THERE when my eyes open is one of the surest ways I …

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Snapshots of Assisi, Italy

A Visit to The Home of The Beloved Saint Francis of Assisi What can I say about Assisi? I hardly know where to begin. Maybe it’s best to start with the ending. As I left the convent in Assisi, the same nun who welcomed me in, took hold of my face and kissed me twice, …

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Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy

Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy I WISH you could have heard me in the car when I got my first glimpses of Orvieto coming into view! “OH MY LORD, you have got to be kidding me!” I actually pulled the car over. (Because it’s just me and I can do that if I want.) The whole …

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Snapshots of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Snapshots of a A Walk to Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient hilltown in Italy reachable only by a pedestrian bridge. So 2500 years ago, some very ingenious folks (Etruscans) built this city on top of a hill. Hill towns are a common theme in my travels around Italy, but Civita is special because you can …

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Snapshots of Montefiascone, Italy

Snapshots of Montefiascone, a hilltop town in Italy overlooking Lago de Bolsena (Lake Bolsena). Here are a few highlights from my first days in Italy: Squeals of delight upon seeing dear friends. A room in a hilltop monastery with a view of the valley below. Wisteria-lined roads. The ancient town fortress of Montefiascone. Following cobblestone …

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Chino House Moments: Spring 2019

News from the Chino House Here are a few things I’ve been loving this month: wisteria and tulips playing with sourdough starter imagining a world without prisons walking with friends on Arkansas trails and around the lake eating dinner in the backyard at a table and chairs that someone gave to us teaching yoga at …