Camino del Norte: To Plan or Not to Plan, That Is the Question

Three weeks from today, we’ll be on an airplane, flying (direct!) from Seattle to Paris. Which means that right about now, I’m on that teetering seesaw between over-planning for the Camino del Norte and promising not to over-plan. I’ve got all of the gear: I’ve spent hours stalking REI Garage bargains, buying all of the … More Camino del Norte: To Plan or Not to Plan, That Is the Question

Camino Shoes: Take 4

I’ve reached that part of my Camino planning when I’m buying all the things and simultaneously promising that I’ll pack lighter this time. You’d think by now, prepping for my third visit to the Camino, I’d have everything I need. But a new hiking shirt (and matching Buff headband) seemed justified, and, well, those pants … More Camino Shoes: Take 4

The Surprising Story Behind the Sculpture on Alto del Perdón

Twelve kilometers after Pamplona, past the fields of grasses splashed with red poppies (or the fields of dry dirt, depending on the time of year), the crumbling monasteries, and the towering hay bales, and up a steep set of switchbacks, the Camino Frances arrives at Alto de Perdón, the Mount of Forgiveness.   I’ve stood … More The Surprising Story Behind the Sculpture on Alto del Perdón

Pilgrim Strong: An Interview with Author Steve Watkins

There are dozens of books written about people’s personal experience on the Camino. Today, a new one will be added to the list, and I’m particularly excited about it. This is Pilgrim Strong, by my friend (and tattoo buddy) Steve Watkins. Steve walked the Camino Frances (St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago) in the fall of … More Pilgrim Strong: An Interview with Author Steve Watkins