BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Santo Domingo de la Calzada 3 September 2021 Yesterday I walked in to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Two years ago when I arrived I was limping with a bad blister on my right foot. I couldn’t believe that I had a blister as I’d been walking for almost 10 days and I thought IContinue reading “BE KIND TO YOURSELF”

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”

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”

DAY 9

I am beginning to see the walking, or maybe hobbling, wounded. Knee and ankle braces are appearing. Road rash is peeking out from beneath bandages. One woman has her wrist and one finger bandaged up. She took a bad fall back in Roncevalles, but she’s still moving. This morning we saw a man with hisContinue reading “DAY 9”

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 1…AND SO IT BEGINS

I don’t know if I’ll make it, But watch how good I fake it. It’s alright, alright, tonight, tonight Hot Chelle Rae, 2011 So none of the 10 plagues happened today and I did make it to our first stop Orisson. It was only 5.5 miles and I don’t have the exact elevation but myContinue reading “DAY 1…AND SO IT BEGINS”

AVOIR COURAGE, AVOIR COEUR

There are two sayings in French…ok, definitely a lot more than just two sayings, but I’m just contemplating these two… Avoir courage Avoir coeur Now you might think that the first saying means to be brave and the second to have heart, and you would be incorrect. The French in their linguistic logic have theContinue reading “AVOIR COURAGE, AVOIR COEUR”

CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

I have been preparing for the Camino for almost a year now. I have been working out, researching what to take on the Camino, packing, unpacking & repacking my pack, reading memoirs & guidebooks for the Camino, shopping & bothering sales clerks at REI, and I know there are still dozens of things I needContinue reading “CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL”

CHOOSE A PATH

I’ve been walking a lot around my town. Sometimes I walk to the library, sometimes to the grocery, sometimes through the metro park, ok and sometimes to the ice cream shop 🍦🍨🍦🍨😋 I know these roads like the back of my hand. I know how long it will take to reach my destination. I likeContinue reading “CHOOSE A PATH”

HOW MUCH STUFF DO I NEED?

I think I have pared my back pack down considerably. The last time I weighed it it was 14.96 pounds. Today it is 13.7 pounds. I took out some clothing and some small items that I discovered we had duplicated in our packs. I even took out my Bluetooth keyboard that I bought especially forContinue reading “HOW MUCH STUFF DO I NEED?”