THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

The camino does not seem crowded like I expected it would be. Normally about 400 pilgrims start out from St. Jean Pied de Port each day. Today I heard that it is 30-40. About half of those walking are Spanish followed by French/Americans, and then the rest of Europe. I often walk alone which IContinue reading “THE CAST OF CHARACTERS”

AN UPDATE

I have really been out of touch for several months now. The reason is because we have been doing a major renovation in our house. Our home isn’t huge (1700 sq ft) but no room will be untouched by this project. Like almost everything else in my life I try to view it through theContinue reading “AN UPDATE”

I HAVE RESERVATIONS

I have reservations. No, wait…I have no reservations. But I have reservations. OK, I have hotel & albergue reservations AND no reservations about the camino this year 😉 Last year at this time despite having had to cancel a trip to see Lady Gaga perform and a trip to Paris and England to visit myContinue reading “I HAVE RESERVATIONS”

GRIEF

There’s a story that I’ve told to friends about prayer and God and my youngest daughter. It goes something like this… After giving birth to my two older daughters I had a strong sense that our family was not quite complete. I wanted just one more child. And I had a bit of a deadline.Continue reading “GRIEF”

I’M GOING TO WALK THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

February 2019 I’m going to walk the Camino de Santiago and today I’m starting my blog about it. Actually I started this blog in my head about six month ago, but today I am finally putting words to paper (screen?). How did I decide to do this? Most people answer this question by saying theyContinue reading “I’M GOING TO WALK THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO”

DO YOU REMEMBER…?

Tonight over dinner we talked about the Camino. We played a game I call “Do you remember…? Do you remember the town where we had dinner with Wynn & Roberta? Do you remember the young man who fell and screamed a 4 letter word and how I ran to help him? Do you remember theContinue reading “DO YOU REMEMBER…?”

STONE STACKING 101

Lately I’ve been reading about how rock stacking or stone stacking is becoming more prevalent and how it is damaging to the environment. I’ve included a link to an article in The New Yorker which appeared in December 2018 on how our national parks are being harmed by this practice. I must confess that IContinue reading “STONE STACKING 101”

SIX DAYS TO SANTIAGO

Ok, it’s really only 5 days to the one year anniversary of my arrival in Santiago de Compostela. I had the idea to write this post yesterday and I liked the title and thought that it fit the topic. OK and I‘m a big fan of alliteration. It’s hard to explain how much the CaminoContinue reading “SIX DAYS TO SANTIAGO”

DAY 4 THE CAMINO WILL PROVIDE

“The Camino will provide” is one of the phrases most often heard especially when someone expresses a worry about something. I have two stories from today about how the Camino provides. Today we walked from Zubiri to Huarte, about 12 miles. We had planned to stop in a little town at about mile #6, butContinue reading “DAY 4 THE CAMINO WILL PROVIDE”

DAY 2 CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

Climb every mountain, Ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, ‘Till you find your dream. Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music Today was the second day for climbing mountains. The altitude gain was the same as yesterday, but at a lower grade. But make no mistake, it was up and it was continuously up.Continue reading “DAY 2 CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN”