Puente la Reina to Estella

08/23/2018 The morning brings us back to the same parking lot where we ended our walk yesterday. We head to Estella, roughly fourteen miles away. The map indicates it's another day of rolling hills. The first part of today's trail into Mañeru appears a bit steep, so I decided to have the bus take me … Continue reading Puente la Reina to Estella

Cizur Menor to Puente la Reina

08/22/2108 The group chose to forgo our formal tour of Pamplona last night and walked around with our wonderful Marly guides instead.  The Camino goes through the historical city, and guide arrows are abundant. There is so much more to the city than just the running of the bulls. A history buff would be in heaven in this impressively … Continue reading Cizur Menor to Puente la Reina

Roncesvalles to Zubiri

08/21/2018 The lobby of Casa de Beneficiados, our hotel in Roncesvalles. Late evening is the time of day that the Spaniards thrive.  One is hard-pressed to find a place to eat before 8 pm. Traditionally dinner is an event that includes sobremesa, a time after eating before getting up from the table. It is a time for … Continue reading Roncesvalles to Zubiri

SJPP to Roncesvalles

08/20/2018 Orrison I did not rest well this night, and morning came too soon.  Perhaps it was because of the excitement of fulfilling a long-anticipated bucket list. As soon as the alarm went off, I dragged myself out of bed, dressed, slathered my feet in Vaseline, slipped on my toe socks, laced my trail runners … Continue reading SJPP to Roncesvalles

Basque Country

08/19/2018 Rose, early on day two, breakfast was still an hour or more away, so Roomie and I decided to venture out looking for coffee. It was a lovely brisk morning in San Sebastián; the sun was rising over the bay, and partygoers were finishing the night's festivities. With no coffee to be found, we … Continue reading Basque Country

On Your Mark, Get Set, Spain is a Go!

08 /17/ 2018 - 08 /18 /2018 The journey to Spain began on August 18th, 2018, spent the night in Dallas to catch an 11 am flight. I traveled from Dallas to Chicago to Madrid, ending in San Sebastián, Spain, at 1 pm on August 19th. It was a day that sometimes never seemed to … Continue reading On Your Mark, Get Set, Spain is a Go!

Coincidence or Gods Will

It's been a week yesterday since I walked my last steps on the Camino.  My clothes are clean and put up, my backpack dirt has been soaked away, and my shoes are dust free.  My mind is at peace, body relaxed, and I'm already trying to organize my next Camino adventure.  Who would have thought ten days of … Continue reading Coincidence or Gods Will

Blessings of the Camino

How I miss rising in the morning with my only agenda being to slather my feet in Vaseline, slide on my toe socks, tie my trail runners, then put one foot in front of the other mile after mile.   You just can’t beat the act of walking long distances, becoming one with nature, and opening your … Continue reading Blessings of the Camino

What do you represent

Occasionally a visiting priest celebrates mass at our parish. My favorite is the brown bag priest. "Father Brown Bag" has been retired for over 11 years but has not lost his touch; he is still one of the most captivating speakers I have ever heard. His shtick is the contents in the brown paper bag … Continue reading What do you represent