Mount of Temptation After four great days in Jordan, it is time to cross the border into Israel. Israel takes the safety of their people and guest seriously; it is a very safe place to visit. At the border, we disembark the bus; our luggage goes through X-ray machines; some are opened and searched. No … Continue reading Israel, We Have Arrived!
Bites and Sips of Jordan – Let’s cook
sorry about the paper plate... I judge the greatness of a vacation by the happiness of my taste buds. Coming home five pounds heavier than I left indicates I had a marvelous time; indeed! I love me some middle eastern cuisine. The seasonings of choice of the Jordanian culture include thyme, sage and mint; you … Continue reading Bites and Sips of Jordan – Let’s cook
Low Points, Old Maps, and Luxury
Mojito Time- ahhh life is good! Jordan is rich in history, golden sand, and beautiful sunsets. I enjoyed every moment there and highly recommended it be added to your Bucket list. Petra was stunning; the history and age of the ancient rose-colored city were mind-boggling. Renewing my baptism vows at the site where Jesus was … Continue reading Low Points, Old Maps, and Luxury
Desert of Jordan – Lessons Learned, Beauty Found
Golden Landscape of Jordan The boundless golden landscape of Jordan is a unique thing of beauty, yet at the same time, the endless emptiness can lead one to a feeling of abandonment and emptiness. The vastness seems infinite, but Jordan is eight times smaller than Texas. This is the land where the Israelites wandered for … Continue reading Desert of Jordan – Lessons Learned, Beauty Found
Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Unpredictable weather can always dampen one's plans, and some of our adventures were washed away this day! The average rainfall for the desert of Jordan is roughly 4 inches a year. Unfortunately, during our visit to Jordan, the skies poured down on the Red Sea area, making the roads unsafe to travel, so there was … Continue reading Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Via Dolorosa (Latin for Sorrowful Way) also known as the Jesus Way of the Cross The Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, goes through the busy streets of the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1217 Saint Francis founded the Custody of the Holy Land; its mission is guarding and promoting devotion to the holy places … Continue reading Via Dolorosa
Petra – The Rose City
After several flights and busy airports, we arrived in Jordan, excitement was in the air, and our adventure awaited us. After a quick introduction to our guide, we board our bus for three hours to our first stop of, many in the next ten days. In the darkness, we entered the Valley of Moses; the … Continue reading Petra – The Rose City
Castrojeriz – Fromista
08/29/2018 The Group, beginning where yesterday ended Each and every day on the Camino comes with a new adventure. Day ten of Camino 2018 was full of beauty. Beauty of sharing, beauty of caring, beauty of fellow pilgrims, beauty of nature, and even the beauty of graffiti. After a restful night, day ten is full … Continue reading Castrojeriz – Fromista
Tardajos to Castrojeriz
08/28/2018 Ten months have passed, and I have yet to complete writing about the last three walking days of my Camino 2018. Those days were powerful, leaving me doubtful I could ever give them their due justice. I was but a bystander, blessed to be watching as God used faithful servants to reach out to those … Continue reading Tardajos to Castrojeriz
Paella and Sangria, a taste of Spain.
I am taking a day off from sharing my Camino adventures to discuss food. I love food; diet does not fit into my vocabulary. When the taste buds are happy, the tummy is happy; when the tummy is happy, I'm happy. After returning from my travel adventures, I traditionally prepare an authentic meal of the country … Continue reading Paella and Sangria, a taste of Spain.
Villafranca Montes de Oca to Agés
08/27/2018 Leaving behind the province of La Roja, we bus ahead to Villafranca Montes de Oca, located in the province of Burgos, Castile-León. We begin our walk at the foot of the Montes de Oca (Mountain of the Goose)—nothing like starting the morning climbing up up up. The first village, San Juan de Ortega, is seven miles … Continue reading Villafranca Montes de Oca to Agés
Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
8/26/2018 We begin today in Najera, roughly 18 miles down the road from Logrono, where we spent the night. The stages of the Camino, just as in life's stages, include choices. When planning our walk, the tour company and leader had to make choices that would allow us to fulfill our journey within the time … Continue reading Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada