The Pilgrims, Arm in Arm, Arrive

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On this day, just two years ago, Francine and I ended the walking portion of our first Camino. This photo was taken that afternoon, as we walked into Santiago de Compostela. Next year: Santiago!

2016 Route Update

Pilgrim's Progress

After much back and forth, we decided to cut out as many of the extras as we can and just focus on the Camino. The current version of the plan (such as it is) looks like this: Fly out of…

One Year to Go

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One year from today, Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, Francine and I intend to board an airplane and set out on our second Camino. Because next year is a leap-year, that’s 366 days from today. Yesterday, I celebrated the tenth…

Walking the Loop

Francine at Snake Lake (2015-02-21 10.06.52)

A couple of months back, Francine and I took a short hike that absolutely winded us. Wiped us out. Clearly, we’re out of shape. So we’ve started our 2016 Camino training much the way we did for 2013: we’re beginning…

Mapping the Camino

Arrow

It’s a truism that one doesn’t need a map to walk the Camino. After all, there’s a yellow arrow painted or printed or engraved somewhere every twenty yards or so. If you haven’t seen one in a while, you’ve probably…

Confraternity

APOC patch

In theory, each pilgrim who completes the Camino de Santiago is a member of the Archconfraternity of Saint James the Apostle. Originally founded in 1499, the aims of the Archcontraternity are: Promote honour of St. James the Apostle and encourage…

450 Days

450 Days to Go

There’s a countdown app on my phone, silently counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until we leave for our second Camino. In this new year, we have a lot to do to get ready. Last week we tried…

Route for 2016?

Francine and I have been noodling about what our second Camino – our first full Camino together – will look like. First off, we’re going to take it slow. Our initial thought is to fly out of Seattle on Easter…

One Year Ago: the Way

The Cathedral in the early morning light

The way that can be walked is not the eternal Way. (Lao Tsu) Santiago de Compostela Feast of Saints Philip and James That last day was busy. After breakfast, we caught a taxi to the bus station to secure our…

One Year Ago: Santiago de Compostela

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(from my journal) Santiago de Compostela 02 May 2013 Praise God, at about 3pm we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. On the way into the city, we kept running into people we knew – people who had shared some portion…

One Year Ago: Nearing the End

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(from my journal) O Pedrouzo Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker The pilgrimage is nearly done. God willing, tomorrow we will be in Santiago! Today was an easy walk of 20km. We left ArzĂșa late, after visiting the lovely church…

One Year Ago: Through Tentacle City and into Cheesetown!

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(from my journal) ArzĂșa (a.k.a. “Cheesetown”) 30 April 2013 Today, a long, long walk. Francine was a champion – just exploding out of the gate, and again at the end of the day. By way of contrast, a strained muscle…