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Camino de Santiago Day 1: Arrival in Sarria

Camino de Santiago Day 1: Arrival in Sarria As promised, I am continuing the logging of my Camino journey through this blog. I am now back at home and thoroughly enjoying re-living my Camino memories through writing about them. Since the arrival of a long-awaited group of ladies in Sarria marked the beginning of a …

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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 …