May 16, 2015
by David Ryan
A little over a week ago I finished walking the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in the far northwest corner of Spain. For me it was a wonderful experience of spending 28 days walking through a beautiful landscape that was always changing; meeting people from over thirty countries; becoming friends with many of them and forming a “Camino” family that gained and lost members as the walk progressed; and finally participating in a shared experience with many many others.
Everyone walking the Camino will have their own Camino experience and reason for doing it. Some will do it for religious or spiritual reasons; others will do it to have some space to think about what they want to do with their life; and many others will do it just to go on a long walk. All of their reasons are good.
Regardless of why someone may start the Camino, it would be very difficult for someone not to develop some sense awareness or spiritual awakening when they have spent a month or more walking every day, day after day, all day long, through fields, hills, mountains, and communities while listening to birds and spotting animals throughout the day.
Over the next few blog posts I hope to share with you some of the aspects of what makes the Camino so special. In this blog post I would like to show some of the landscape that you will pass on your way to Santiago. In other posts I’ll address what it’s like to be a Peregrino on the Camino, how every day was special, stairways along the Camino, and many other topics. Continue Reading →
April 5, 2015
by David Ryan
I will be flying to Europe early tomorrow morning to walk the Camino de Santiago. I won’t have time to write another blog post until I get back around May 10. If all goes as I hope, I should have plenty of material for several blog posts when I return. In the meantime there are several older posts in this blog that might interest you. Just select a category or enter a topic in the search block to see what you find.
If you’re not familiar with the Camino, it is a network of routes that leads to the cathedral at Santiago de Compestella in the far northwest corner of Spain. The route that I will be following is 450 miles long and begins in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. People have been following the Camino for over a thousand years, and in the past few years it has become very popular.
March 24, 2015
by David Ryan
A little less than a year ago Stephen Ausherman, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque, asked me to go on a walk with him. He wanted to test one of the thirty city walks he was developing for the upcoming Wilderness Press book, Walking Albuquerque. (Wilderness Press has published several Walking “…” books for different cities across the country.)
Last year’s walk was in downtown Albuquerque and it was fantastic. The book, Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City’s historic neighborhoods, ditch trails, urban nature, and public art, came out a little over two weeks ago, and I bought my copy on the first day it was available.
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