A Slice of Small Town Italian Life

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Europe, Italy, The Camino, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

“The Creator made Italy by designs from Michelangelo.” Mark Twain Before this trip when we thought of Italy, the big cities came to mind: Rome, Venice, Florence. The most eye opening part of our journey has been experiencing small town Italy: villages with a population of 500 or so, with lineages to a time before […]

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 […]

Packing for a Walk Across Spain

This list is focused on hiking the Camino de Santiago. But other travelers might get good tips on how to travel light. When we walked the Camino de Santiago we knew that packing light was going to be key to our success. Every extra pound meant more stress on feet, and knees, and energy required. […]

A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | 5 Comments
A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Laurie and I were blessed to be able to journey across the northern breadth of Spain last April and May as we hiked the Camino de Santiago, a twelve hundred year old pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela in the Galacian region of Spain. We then completed the walk to […]

In Search of the Mythical Red Squirrel

September 29, 2016 Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England Among the many things the Isle of Wight is noted for are extensive hiking trails and a cute little redhead—the native red squirrel. Laurie and I decided that we would explore our home for the month of September by hiking the 67-mile-long coastal path that circumnavigates the isle, […]

The Happy Couples Room

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

May 11, 2016 Fonfria, Spain Some of the best experiences are born out of disappointment. We were about a week away from Santiago. I was in pain from tendinitis and both of us were nursing blisters. The guidebook we relied on recommended staying in the small village of O’Cebreiro which contains a 9th century church—the […]

Pilgrim Profiles

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Porto, Portugal We finished our Camino de Santiago trek in late May, but a busted keyboard meant I couldn’t tell all the stories I wanted to. I’m going to intersperse those stories with posts about our current travels. The Camino is rich in scenery, history, and new experiences. But the memories that really stand out […]

To the End of the Earth

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Pics from the final days of our trek and Finisterre, Spain–“The End of the Earth” and the end of our Camino

The Hobbit High Rise

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

Friday May 20, 2016 Santiago de Compostela, Spain Enjoying a break before we head out for a four day hike to Finisterre. Pics from our stay here and video of our “Hobbit High Rise” AirBnB rental.  

Santiago is Calling

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

O Pedrouzo, Spain.  Tuesday, May 17 Most of the days of our journey blend together, but tomorrow, the 40th, is special. We arrive in Santiago de Compestela. When I’m reunited with a working keyboard I have many stories to share. Until then enjoy this pictures. Or find me on Facebook to see our short video […]

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