City of the Saint

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. Francis of Assisi The city of Saint Francis teased us. From more than two hours, away we could see the basilica, prominent at the west end of the city. But we were excited—fifteen days after hiking out of Florence the hometown […]

Francis and the Wolf

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy | No Comments

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah What a neat achievement that would be… Lyrics from the movie Doctor Doolittle St Francis is often remembered for his love of animals. He’s the patron saint of animals, there […]

A Magical Stop

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy | 2 Comments

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” Neil Gaiman Last Sunday we had one of our toughest days of hiking, ever. But the ending was…magical. We left at about 8:00 am because we knew it was going to be hot and the guidebook classified the […]

Walking the Italian Hill Country

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy, Travel Update | 6 Comments

In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be. Pietros Maneos We’ve left behind the big city of Florence and walked into a different Italy, the Italy of small towns in the mountains connected by quiet forest paths and roads. An Italy where mushroom hunters prowl the forest paths and bring […]

A Trek Across Italy

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Backpacking, Europe, Italy | 5 Comments

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Francis of Assisi Yesterday we set out on a month long walk across Italy from Florence to Assisi to Rome. Our objective is not only to experience the beauty and history of this country, but to seek a higher purpose for […]

Hadrian: King of the North?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in England, Hiking, United Kingdom | 4 Comments

“The Night’s Watch is the only thing standing between the realm and what lies beyond.” Maester Aemon to Tyrion Lannister On our third day, we finally began to see segments of what remained of one of the great achievements of Roman engineering, Hadrian’s Wall. As we walked I noted how it stretched across vast landscapes. […]