The Camino de Santiago is a 8,000 year old pilgrimage route across the northern part of Spain that dates back beyond Christianity and other religions. It’s history includes the Romans, the Moors (Muslims), and the Christians. A spiritual path so old it defies imagination. I walked this 500 mile path back in 2012 and am gearing up for another trek along it this fall.
There is an expression that I learned on my last walk and it is that the Camino begins the day you return from your trip. Walking the Camino is the way to begin again in life. I love the metaphor of the journey and the depth that it can take. So in essence I have come full circle. I am preparing for another walk, I am beginning the Camino again.
Last time, I was at a transition point between jobs. I was leaving my five year position at the outdoor backpacking company called Gossamer Gear and I was launching into the unknown. What was I to do after that sweet gig? Little did I know what was in store for me. Since then I have married again, I have become a grandfather, I have helped launch a woodworking cooperative shop called ToolMarks, and I have trained as a health coach.
Yet there is more to come, and I don’t have a clue as to what it will be. I have many ideas at this point but it is time to start winding them down and drop into explorer mode and see what the world has to offer. I am planning to write often to stay connected and to share what I have to offer. I hope to serve you in some small way by giving you a seat in this wide world we live in. The preparation for the pilgrimage has begun. Please join me, and let’s walk this road together.