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 […]

Hadrian’s Wall: Keeping the Barbarians Out

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Great civilizations built walls to keep those “barbarians” out. “Just when you think you are at the world’s end, you see a smoke from East to West as far as the eye can turn, and then, under it, also as far as the eye can stretch, houses and temples, shops and theatres, barracks and granaries, […]

“Saddling” up on the Oregon Trail?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Great stories often inspire personal adventures. When Laurie and I watched the movie The Way about a man who hiked the Camino de Santiago across Spain, she said, “That’s how I want to start retirement.” In April of 2016 we started our life on the road with the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Recently we listened […]

An Unplanned Gem: Antelope Canyon

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

One of the best ways Dennis and I have found to discover an unexpected treasure is to listen to what people we meet say their best finds are.  A recent example of this was when Grace and Jake, the couple we hiked The Wave with, told us about their experience doing the Lower Antelope Canyon tour.  Originally, […]

Winning the Lottery: The Wave

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. Edward Abbey One hundred and two applicants–all vying for only thirty spots. It was the largest group of the year applying in person to be able to hike into the Coyote Buttes North wilderness—better known as “The Wave.” Even though it was a frigid […]

A Stop in Death Valley

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Anonymous “So, you brought this wet weather.” Outside, rain was falling on the driest and hottest National Park in the United States. When we told the ranger at the visitor’s center we were from Seattle, she blamed us.  Yeah, we’re used to it. When I was […]

An Unplanned Stop

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Every cloud has a silver lining John Milton Our world is full of so many great places that it’s impossible to experience them all in a lifetime. On Friday, we would have driven by one such great place—except that our Subaru broke down in Yreka, California, just over the border from Oregon.  We had it […]

North to Alaska—Finally

Laurie and I were born and raised in Washington State, the state closest to Alaska. But we’ve never made the trek up north to visit the 49th member of these United States. Something about cold and mosquitos kept it off the top of our list. But we’re currently on a ten day “scouting trip” up here […]

Faded Glory

Faded Glory

Saturday, April 30 Calzadilla de los Hermanillos, Spain We’ve been walking the Camino since April 9th and have passed through large towns like Pamplona and Burgos and towns with populations of 50. After so many days the smaller villages tend to blend together. But several have touched our hearts. In my case, none more so […]