On the Camino de Santiago—or any other long-distance trek—bragging rights belong to the person who has the least. I understood this in principle before I left for my six-week, 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino Frances in the spring of 2018; but after my very first day—24 kilometers (about 15 miles) climbing over the Pyrenees—I understood it … Continue reading How I packed for 500 miles–and what I learned along the Way
Wondering what to carry for a Camino? At the bottom of this post is a list of what I packed for my 500-mile trek on the Camino Frances. It was originally in a spreadsheet; I've used them for decades in my work, so it came naturally to weigh each item I was intending to carry … Continue reading Camino Packing List
Having the freedom of six weeks to walk 500 miles the Camino de Santiago was a gift and a privilege, an opportunity to re-set the habits and priorities in my life. One of those priorities was to slow down, to not be in such a hurry. I had been aware for more than a decade … Continue reading I’m not in a hurry
In May of 2018 I finished walking the 500-mile Camino Frances. it took me five weeks to walk, but I was gone from home for a total of six weeks. It was the longest I had been away from my home and family since I had gotten married, nearly 38 years earlier. As the title … Continue reading What I learned from Walking the Camino de Santiago
Last year I walked the Camino Frances, 500 miles (800 kilometers) in a pair of hiking shoes. Or, I should say, in a couple of pairs, since my Keenes gave out halfway and were replaced by a pair of Columbias. I walked it in early spring (late March to early May) and it was occasionally … Continue reading Trekking in Sandals
Last year I walked the Camino Frances, the 500 miles pilgrimage route from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was a life-changing experience, something I'd dreamed of doing for 20 years. I had no intention of writing a book about it, but while I was there my inner life opened up and... out … Continue reading What’s it like to write a book?
when we are lost we may just discover something that we didn't know we were looking for.