There’s an article in The Guardian today about how the small towns of Spain were affected by COVID-19. Specifically, the writer explores Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a name familiar to most pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago. It’s worth a read. This is the home of “the chicken church” — the cathedral known … More Santo Domingo de la Calzada and COVID-19
One of the incredible, unexpected things that happened when I took my personal experience on the Camino and shared it with the world, is that other people started sharing their experiences and passions back with me. I’ve known and depended for years on the strong Camino community of former and future pilgrims, but in the … More “Don’t Overthink It” and Other Advice Shared With Hike the World
Need something to listen to on these long winter nights (especially for those of you in the Pacific Northwest, facing another week of being snowed in*)? My interview with Out There Podcast about walking a thousand miles on the Camino de Santiago released this week. Last December, a radio producer came to my apartment and held a … More New Podcast with Out There: On Being a Secular Pilgrim and a Non-Outdoorsy Hiker
When people ask me why I took a three-month sabbatical from my life in 2015 to walk the Camino de Santiago, I try to describe the sense of burnout and mental exhaustion I was feeling. Postmodern adulting had burned me to a crisp, destroyed my attention span, and left me far too attached to my … More Is Walking the Camino Going to be the Status Symbol of 2019?
The book is launched, the book tour is happening, and right now I’m just trying to keep up with it all. We started with a bang last week, when I had the gift of sharing the Camino with a crowd of 600 people at Ignite Seattle, “the largest open submission public speaking event in the Pacific Northwest.” … More How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering: My Ignite Seattle Talk
Wow, how the time flies! The official launch of Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago is still a week away, but it’s already hitting bookstore shelves here in the Seattle area, and the launch is in full swing. As you can probably imagine, this is a … More Talking about the Camino with Pilgrim Strong and Project Camino
A few years ago, if you’d asked me about pilgrimages, I would have had to dig back into history. The word pilgrimage seemed archaic, more appropriate for Chaucer than the twenty-first century, and carrying a backpack for days wasn’t my thing. After I fell in love with the Camino de Santiago, though, the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon* … More Is There a New American Pilgrimage Trail?
I’ve long been a fan of TEDTalks, the annual conference full of “ideas worth sharing,” presented by some of the most interesting people in the world on every imaginable topic. So I’m not sure how it’s taken me a whole month to discover that in TED2017, one of the speakers offered an ode to the Camino … More A TEDTalk About the Camino de Santiago
“I’ll push you.” Okay, when I say that, it’s usually a threat, not a promise. But I’m not Patrick Gray. Maybe you saw this profile on the TODAY show last week, about the two childhood best friends from Idaho who tackled the Camino Frances together. Two friends walking isn’t so unusual, but this is: one … More “I’ll Push You.” (Video)
It’s often said that the Camino begins as soon as you walk out your own door, wherever you are. According to the official statistics provided by the official Pilgrim’s Reception Office, in 2016: 91% completed the Camino on foot 8.5% by bike Then, in that final half a percent, there were four Irish guys who … More Camino By Sea (Video)