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Camino de Santiago: Arrival

Camino de Santiago: Arrival in St Jean Pied-de-Port   I stepped off the bus after its arrival in St Jean Pied-de-Port and immediately walked up into a small park that overlooked the road. I found an empty bench above the vineyard covered hills and sat down to breathe in the presence of this place I’ve …

Camino de Santiago, Spain, Long Walks

Back to the Camino

Well friends, It’s that time again. I’m headed back to the Camino de Santiago. My hope is to walk 266 miles (428 kilometers) of the Camino this time around. My sister will help me get started in the Pyrenees, then I’ll walk for a week by myself. And Lord willing, when I get to the last …

OT Camping with dad

Trail Angels

Trail Angels and Trail Magic on Backcountry Hikes This summer when we were hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail in the hot June sun, we came across two trail angels waiting at a spot in the road where the trail crossed Skyline Drive, the road that runs the length of Shenandoah National Park. . …

Shenandoah National Park, Hiking Appalachian Trail

Snapshots of Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park A little over two years ago, (before the pandemic was even a whisper) Taido and I drove to Pennsylvania to attend the wedding of a dear friend. On the way there, we took a slight detour to take in the sights of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It was early April …

Graveyard Walking, Magnolia lilliflora petals, Chippiannock Cemetary

The Same Walk Every Day: Graveyard Walking

Every time we move, it takes me a minute to find my walk. My every day walk. Last year it was walking the campus of Augustana College. We moved a few miles away from the college in August, and I tried out several neighborhood walks. Sometime in October, I found Chippiannock Cemetery, and since then, I …

Lemon Trees in Tuscany

Smells Lost and Found

Learning to Smell Again after losing my sense of taste and smell from Covid. It’s been three months since my Covid test came back positive. In an attempt to write about the experience of having Coronavirus, I have been reviewing my journals. And dear goodness, there were some dark moments in there. I don’t think …

Castle Bluff, 2020 Favorites, Winter

2020 Favorites

2020 Favorites Happy New Year from Castle Bluff! We are staying at a cabin in the woods where the mood outside is matching all my feels about the year we just finished. I am happy to join in the collective sigh of relief that 2020 is officially over. For the final month of 2020, I …

Snapshots of Burgos, Spain

Ouachita Trail, Here We Come.

Well friends, the end of 2020 is within sight. I daresay it’s been a year we will never forget, even if we want to. But before this year is over, I am hoping to squeeze in a little (socially-distanced) adventure AND bring some light and love to the world in the process. So I am …

Autumn at Augie

Seeking the Sacred

Longer Walks For Seeking The Sacred Over the last few weeks, I have been going for longer and longer walks. Four times a week, I’m crossing the five mile mark, which is long for me friends. It’s partly because I am training for a long walk (Yes, I have bravely put something on the calendar …

camino love, camino de santiago

A Camino Love Letter

Maybe you were “supposed” to be somewhere else right now, but instead you are at working from home or doing school from home, or you are doing a job where you have to wear a mask all the time. Probably, in some way, your life has changed drastically over the last several months. Something is …

what is possible, trail, journey

What is possible?

Come dream with me about what is possible. Near the beginning of the summer, I wrote this post about imagining something new.    I wrote it publicly, but actually I think that it was for me.    Those words have been the oars that have moved me slowly and quietly over the waves of the …