Welcome, fellow pilgrim!

This site recounts our pilgrimages on the Way of Saint James – the Camino de Santiago – in April and May of 2013, as well as the planning leading up to the pilgrimage. We walked the route known as the Camino Francés. Thom’s trek was some 780km from Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees, across the north of Spain.

Along the Way, he rendezvoused with his wife Francine in the great city of León.

Together, they walked the final two weeks to the tomb of Saint James in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

Then, in the spring of 2016, they did it again, both starting from the French mountain village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

A Man in a Hat

A Man in a Hat


Thom is a Catholic convert, an Oblate of the Order of Saint Benedict, and a writer.

He has a great love of liturgy, history, and his beautiful bride (not necessarily in that order).

He firmly believes that gentlemen should wear hats.

In addition to his day job at a Major Seattle Law Firm, he somehow finds the time to manage two micro-press publishers, volunteer extensively at his parish, read voraciously, and play games.

He’s currently working on a religious guide to the Camino.

Check out his blog, Mundus Tranquilare Hic.


An urban farmer with one of her flock.

An urban farmer with one of her flock


Francine is also a Benedictine Oblate, a writer, and the head of our little urban farm, known as Pistachio House.

She has numerous books in various stages of being written and edited and published under several nom de plume.

She has more hobbies and interests than you can count, including cooking, ukelele, knitting, board games, RPGs, miniature-painting, graphic design, baking, sewing, gardening, chicken whispering …

Thom and Francine live together with two cats, six chickens, and occasional relatives at Pistachio House.

Pray for us, and pray for all pilgrims upon the earth.

“The Church is an inn, where wayfarers returning to the eternal homeland are refreshed from their journey.”

(Saint Augustine)

At the 100km Milestone

At the 100km Milestone, 28 April 2013