A Tale of Two Monas

Posted by on Apr 15, 2022 in Travel Update | No Comments

When we travel we like to research the history and culture of our destination to get the best from our time. While preparing for our 2019 hike across Italy (The Way of Saint Francis) we read a biography that has continued to pay dividends. Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci gave us a new appreciation and understanding for […]

The Inner Journey Continues

Posted by on Mar 30, 2022 in The Camino | 4 Comments

God, COVID, and Putin-head willing, we set off on a new adventure in April. Six years ago we were inspired by the movie The Way to hike the Camino de Santiago across Spain. Laurie wanted an experience that separated our work lives from our new, retired ones. We sold our house, put our remaining belongings […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Duck and a Lizard Walk Into a Bar

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Tall Tales, The Camino | One Comment

Tuesday, May 10. Las Herrerias, Spain No, it’s not the opening line to a joke. And for us, it happens several times a day. But first, a little context. In Spain what they label as a bar is really a combination of a café and social center—that also serves alcoholic beverages. It is also of […]

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