All posts by Dave C

My name is Dave and I travel, write, and pray, often. I love to share my world with others and be a part of others who share.

How to Mentally Prepare for the Camino

I am going to walk the Camino this fall and am looking forward to the time, the experience, the memories, and the relationships that will be formed.  So I am thinking about how to prepare for the journey on the way to Santiago.  When I think of preparing, I think of three different ways to ...

The 52nd Card

There I was, alone in a closet in Mom’s town home.  As a matter of fact I was alone in the house, late at night still searching.  Searching for any clues that were left to find.  It was less that two days since she passed ‘to the great beyond’, as my father liked to say.  ...

The Painted Ladies

The other day, I walked to the Painted Ladies, a well known landmark in San Francisco.  Painted Ladies is a generic term meaning any Victorian or Edwardian house painted in three or more colors. However, it is also is well associated with five prime examples in San Francisco near Alamo Square. Across the street from ...

What Tha?!?

I have been visiting Russ in San Jose, California for going on ten years now, and there is something that never ceases to amaze me. The landscape in the yards of old town San Jose bungalowsville is diverse and stunning. I walk by plants that would grow to a grand total of 1 foot in ...

Why do I Write?

Recently I have taken to writing for fun.  Something I never thought I would hear myself say.  I was terrified of english all throughout high school and college.  As a matter of fact, I only had one english teacher that I actually liked.  Thinking back I understand much better now why that was.  It was ...

Kid in a Candy Store

Well we finished up with the show after two days and I have to say it was like being a kid in a candy store. We saw endless shoes, backpacks, clothing, and assorted camping gear.  It was a great to see how the Eurpean market looked at this industry.  So I thought I would give ...

The Best for Last

The last day was one of the most scenic days of the tour as you can tell from the pics.  We went from Elisabetta to Courmayeur. We, as usual, went up and went down a goodly amount. The weather was perfect and we were feeling grateful that we had such good weather on our trip. ...

A Totally Different Country

Stage 4 was  Between Le Chapieux and Refugio Elisabetta. Another pass and another day of ups and downs. We passed into Italy and could tell almost immediately because it just got more animated. There saw more people on the trail, there was a very lively crowd at the refuge when we got there and in ...

Up and Down

Grant and I have discovered that there is not much when it comes to flat in the TMB. Today we started out at Refugio Nant Borant and hiked to a little hamlet of a town called Le Chapieux.  Along the way we crested Col de la Croix du Bonhomme which was about 2500m in elevation. ...

Blue Dot

We are on our way out of the alps and heading to the trade show but that will take a couple of days.  So in the mean time I thought I would break down our trip in the alps each day so you can get a flavor of the trip as it unfolded.  The first ...