As of 2020, I’ve walked six caminos and volunteered twice along the route. Links to posts are below. Enjoy!
I walked the Camino de Santiago (for the first time) from May 11- June 17, 2012. A few days before I left, I solidified plans to blog about my experiences for bustedhalo.com, so some of the links below will take you to the posts I wrote for their site. Others are ones I wrote on this site.
Before the Camino:
- The Camino – How I first heard about the Camino and the tale of buying my pack (two years before I left!)
- 10,000 steps – Starting to practice for the Camino
- Another Serendipity Story – How I got the last of the Frequent Flyer miles I needed for my flight to Spain
- On Walking – Preparing for the Camino
- A Test Run – How A Trip to Italy prepared me for the Camino
- This Pilgrim’s Path – Why I was doing the Camino
- Packing List: Sunscreen, Hiking Shoes, Rocks?
- And She’s Off….Again – Getting there
On the Camino:
- Best Yet – First Days
- Everyone Walks Their Own Camino
- “God: Is this the Right Way?” – On following your intuition
- Unloading My Fears, Lightening My Pack
- Sights and Sounds
- My Day-by-Day Spiritual Journey – an update
- A Down Day
- Learning to Walk – on learning to use hiking poles
- Camino: By the Numbers
- Lessons Learned along the Camino
- The Hidden Benefit of a Late Start
- The Way: The Movie vs. the Pilgrimage
- Being on an Ancient Pilgrimage in a Digital Age – on blogging from the Camino
- A Birth, A Death, and A Christening – Arrival in Santiago
Upon my return, I was told by Busted Halo that, up until that point, mine was the most popular short-term blog they’d ever had. And so it was that I wrote for an additional year for them about bring the lessons of the Camino into my life back in the U.S. Those can be found here.
After my first journey along the Camino, I was hooked. I walked the Camino Portugués in 2014, and walked the Camino Francés again in 2015–this time as the coordinator and walking companion for my 73-year-old friend, Lois.
- Paying It Forward
- Judgement Days–Or Lack Thereof — On trying to let go of judging others
- Lightening the Load — On trying to let go of how others might judge me
In 2017, I walked the Via Podiensis in France — from Le Puy-en-Velay to Figeac.
- Le Puy-en-Velay — my first day in the wonderful city
- Sightseeing in Le Puy-en-Velay — Why I spent two nights in Le Puy-en-Velay
- How Not to Lose Weight on the Via Podiensis — Oh, French food!
- Leaving Le Puy-en-Velay — The traditions of beginning a Camino in Le Puy
- The Difficulties of Day 3 (x3) — Some things never change . . .
- A Girl’s Best Friend — about my canine companion
- Camino Camaraderie — As they say, “The Camino Provides”
- Pay Me Later. Much Later. — Hospitality is a little different along this route.
- Conques and the “Furtive Transfer” — truth is often better than fiction
I ended my 2017 walk early due to the extreme summer temperatures (which I was told are unusual). Then, I headed to San Antón in Castrojeriz, Spain, be a hospitalera (volunteer) at a hostel along the Camino Francés.
In 2019, I was so very lucky to have a week of walking with my father (from Cizur Mayor, just outside Pamplona, to Santo Domingo de la Calzada). But before I met him I walked another week along the Via Podiensis into St. Jean-Pied-de-Port where I was a volunteer for a week in the Pilgrim Office there. Some say volunteering on the Camino is even better than walking it. I can certainly understand that sentiment. But walking it with your dad? Priceless.
Pre-Camino with Dad
During the Camino with Dad
Camino questions? I can be reached at email@example.com (I prefer to answer questions by phone, so send your number, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.).