March 29, 2020

The Road (Street) Less Traveled

It’s a strange (no pun intended) new world we live in…I peer out from the blinds acknowledging we have ceded our patio to the creatures which inhabit the hill–a family of California quail, a pair of squirrels, the dark eyed juncos and towhee birds that forage in the leaves which, left unattended, have turned to mulch. Through all this, the […]
October 5, 2021

Searching for Annie

“A Missing Person is not the same as a death. It cannot be grieved over and dealt with in the same way. Instead it becomes something lived with day by day.” (Ann Mulrooney, sculptor of the ‘Monument to Missing Persons’) A pair of familiar ladies on horseback greeted me as I struggled to find a suitable jogging pace on the […]
September 14, 2021

Bittersweet Milestone

9/11 It had been steadily building to a crescendo for weeks. The media was saturated with 9/11 Documentaries and Specials narrating the stories of the few who had survived “Ground Zero” and the ill-fated who has perished in New York City’s Twin Towers, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. All the pain, the sorrow, the helplessness dredged up yet […]
August 27, 2021

Back from Another Camino. Now what?

It’s been almost a month since the shuttle at LAX whisked us away after twelve plus hours in the air and three hours perspiring in a serpentine queue winding its way through Customs at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Aurora and I have decided to give up travel…at least for a few months. Although this second Camino, the Portuguese Coastal, was […]
July 24, 2021

The Final Push to Santiago (Day 6)

Eighteen miles on foot is a long way, especially in Galicia where the summer weather can be fickle. This would be the first time on our pilgrimage where it rained. Halfway through the final leg of the journey ‘Mother Nature’ reminded us who was in charge. While the rain storm was short in duration, our shoes and socks were soaking […]
July 23, 2021

Celtic Fairyland, a Michelin class Chef and the Women of Galicia(Day 5: Caldas de Reis to Padron)

Once again our friends at Follow The Camino had placed us at a wonderful lodging called Hotel Chef Rivera in Pádron, Galicia. Madame Pirriette from France and her husband, the renowned cook, José Antonio Rivera, aka Chef Rivera, run the place and as I gifted them a pair of my books they gifted us his cooking book in return. Their […]
July 22, 2021

5 Takeaways from our last 2 Days on the Portuguese Camino (Redondela to Pontevedra, Spain; Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis)

1. We’re seeing more and more pilgrims since the first day in Baiona when we counted only seven. Since the Coastal and Interior Caminos merged outside Redondela, we’ve observed a steady stream of pilgrims on the Camino. We’re actually seeing a few Americans although most pilgrims are from Spain, Portugal and other parts of Europe. BTW, today we witnessed some […]
July 21, 2021

Camino Works in Mysterious Ways

Yesterday a Spanish friend asked me if I had had a spiritual experience or awakening since returning to the Camino. And it caused me to reflect on spirituality during today’s challenging section from Redondela to Pontevedra, Spain. The trek was a mix of coastal scenery and arboreal fern forests coupled with a never ending series of hills. Exhausting. However, for […]
July 20, 2021

A Galicia Like No Other

The climb from the city of Vigo was challenging. Perspiring in the heavy humidity, we counted ourselves lucky for both the cloud cover and cooler temps. Soon we were on level ground passing through quiet neighborhoods and forests with expansive views of the harbor, mussel farms and the iconic Rande Bridge. En route to Redondela, we encountered more pilgrims than […]
July 17, 2021

5 Takeaways in Our Return to the Camino

We’ve never worked harder in our lives trying to make this second Camino work. In just 72 hours we, intrepid travelers, have experienced one challenge after another as we make our way through the Portuguese Camino during this new world of COVID. Yet, as we settled in at an outdoor restaurant in Oporto, Portugal and raised our glasses of Albariño […]
July 7, 2021

A Tragic Order of Knights

You can imagine my pleasant surprise to receive a Facebook message from someone I’ve admired from afar since my wife, Aurora, and I took our first steps from the French Basque village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port bound for Santiago de Compostela in 2018.  It was Samantha Wilson, a ubiquitous and prominent Camino presence whose CV alone should qualify her for a Princess of […]