Camino, Hiking, Travel, Via Francigena

The Camino Trail: Convertible Pants, and other Packing Tips

I recently had a conversation with another hiker about convertible pants. Yup, the ones with the horizontal zipper (or Velcro strip) allowing the pants to instantly become shorts. Attractive, right?  She said that they are a fashion faux pas and must NEVER be worn….not even on the Camino. I said that I would not do… Continue reading The Camino Trail: Convertible Pants, and other Packing Tips

Camino, Link Ups, Travel

Spanish Doors of the Camino

I love following the Thursday Doors Series. Still, I rarely contribute. The doors to which I have regular access seldom speak to me. That all changed during our recent trek on the Camino Trail. Actually, if Richard hadn’t given me his ‘ahem’ voice (quite a few times), we would still be lingering in Spain, with… Continue reading Spanish Doors of the Camino

Camino, Gratitude, Hiking, Retirement, Trying New Things

The End of Our Camino Experience: Arriving in Finisterre

Day 32 – Arriving in Finisterre – 17 km. As we walked our final kilometers to Finisterre, we became poignantly aware of all of the lasts that we were experiencing. Our last morning in an auberge (desperately trying not to wake those around us), our final glimpses of stunning Camino scenery, and the end of… Continue reading The End of Our Camino Experience: Arriving in Finisterre

Camino, Hiking, Retirement, Travel

The Camino Trail 2017 – Reaching Santiago…Then Heading to Muxia and Finisterre

Day 25- Reaching Santiago de Compostela- 25 km. Last week, I published my Camino post one day earlier than usual. I wanted to open this new entry with arriving in Santiago. Arriving here can be an indescribably moving experience, and the thought of it filled me with anticipation. Above, are photos of our two separate… Continue reading The Camino Trail 2017 – Reaching Santiago…Then Heading to Muxia and Finisterre

Camino, Hiking, Retirement, Travel

Postcards From The Camino Trail 2017: Week Four

Day 18: Herrerias to Fonfria – 20 km. .. I was a bit anxious about today’s hike. Our guidebook described the first eight kilometers as “it climbs steeply through the chestnut woods and offers no respite along the way”. After that, even our ‘non-judgemental’ map showed today’s walk to consist of relentless ups and downs.… Continue reading Postcards From The Camino Trail 2017: Week Four

Camino, Hiking, Retirement, Travel

Post Cards From The Camino Trail 2017 – Week Three

When I left you last, Richard and I had just arrived in Leon. Since the city offers so many cool things to see and do, we were contemplating staying an extra day. That night, we stayed in the Monastery (five euros each). Richard and I had decided to make it an early evening. We were… Continue reading Post Cards From The Camino Trail 2017 – Week Three

Camino, Hiking, Retirement, Travel, Trying New Things

Post Cards From The Camino Trail 2017 – Week Two

When I left you last, Richard and I were in Burgos (lingering in a restaurant that offered free WiFi). Burgos is home to the only cathedral in Spain that has independently been declared a World Heritage Site. So, we decided to have a peek inside. Two hours later, we were completely overwhelmed and had barely… Continue reading Post Cards From The Camino Trail 2017 – Week Two

Camino, Gratitude, Retirement

Post Cards from the Camino Trail 2017 – Week One

Our days on the Camino have been incredibly full, with reliable internet being rare and illusive. Once a week, whenever the internet gods are with me, I will attempt to post quick postcards of highlights for that week. Here’s a sneak peek from Week One. Getting There – July 19 & 20: We had a… Continue reading Post Cards from the Camino Trail 2017 – Week One

Camino, Guest Posts, Retirement

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday: 700 Kilometers on the Camino Trail

Richard and I now have our backpacks packed and are ready to set out for our 700 km Camino Trail walking adventure. For quite some time, I’ve had it in the back of my mind to write a post about our plans for this trek. I was delighted when Sue, from Sizzling Toward Sixty, gave… Continue reading Celebrating a Milestone Birthday: 700 Kilometers on the Camino Trail

Camino, Reflection

Top Ten Lessons Learned on the Camino Trail: Personal Reflections

I can go for days without any computer, tablet or phone connectivity. I can and I did. The world did not end. Who knew? I cannot plan everything. Even I (who previously thought that spontaneity was for slackers) have begun to realize that improvisation is often the most challenging and rewarding commitment of all. Music… Continue reading Top Ten Lessons Learned on the Camino Trail: Personal Reflections