If you have read other posts and blogs I’ve written, you know our family is REALLY involved with the Camino and that our son and his family are even moving there in January of 2020 to serve people walking the Camino. This might seem ironic when you know the details of our first walk back in 2007.
We were clueless in many ways when we set out 12 years ago to walk the Camino. But wow, the fun, the hard lessons, knowing God in new ways, and seeing Him at work up close and personal made it all worthwhile.
Walkers and cyclists alike face challenges as pilgrims, and sharing the same path can be daunting for both. Author Hunter Van Wagenen shares a walker's humorous perspective on encountering Camino cyclists.
In 2007 Wick, our son Hunter, and I walked the Camino Francés beginning in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France. It was autumn and we often saw these small lavender flowers which are unique in their ability to produce a flower directly from the ground, with no visible stems and leaves. I've never seen anything like it!
WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THIS GUIDEBOOK-- Only about half of the peregrinos (pilgrims) who begin in St. Jean Pied-de-Port actually complete their walk to Santiago. I was one of those who didn’t make it on my first attempt in 2007 due to a stress fracture in my foot, which could have been avoided had I known then what I know now. All of the info I wish I had before my first Camino is in this book.
Have you had the experience of telling someone back home about an adventure you’ve just had, like walking the Camino, and watched as their eyes glazed over for lack of interest? Don’t take it personally, there is scientific research explaining why that happens.
When future peregrinos (pilgrims) ask us about the Camino, they seem to be intrigued by how many times we have walked. (Seven or eight Camino walks since 2007.) If you have the opportunity to walk someday, we think you’ll understand why we are drawn to it. But after Wick’s heart surgery, would we be able to walk again?