Welcome to our Camino website. We hope you will find here some useful information and engaging stories.
The Camino is a thousand-mile long, thousand-year-old route that historically carried pilgrims on foot from all over Europe to the shrine of St. James in northwestern Spain. A more complete description is found HERE.
We first heard of the Camino in 2007 and never imagined ourselves walking it. But we did walk it, in 2008. To our surprise, the Camino called to us . . . again and again . . . nine times between 2008 and 2019. In June 2022, we took our 10th Camino walk. See our blog for day-by-day narratives and photos.
We have been retired since 2006. Russ had a career in public sector, biology-centered science and Peg's career was in university public relations. Read more about who we are HERE.
Because we enjoy sharing the Camino experience and meeting others who are considering walking it, we have taught short courses on Camino practicalities through the Community Education program at a local college . We gathered the information provided here on the website for those classes. You can also find here blogs about our various walks.
In February 2020, we gave our most recent Camino presentation, in Gainesville, FL at the Senior Recreation Center as part of the Prime Time series. We titled it "Walking the Camino: Dream Adventure or Impossible Dream!"
As it turned out, this was only weeks before the pandemic caused us to begin "stay-at-home." We had a preview of the pandemic's arrival at the talk. Two attendees told how they were scheduled to participate in a guided tour to China, including the then not-well-known-to-Americans city of Wuhan. Their trip had just been cancelled because of an outbreak of an unusual virus in Wuhan.
The All of Our Caminos section includes the walks ordered from beginning to end, rather than from end to beginning as a regular blog does. If you are interested in a particular section of the Camino, this may be an easy way to find our posts about walking that section. Additionally, we include in All of Our Caminos our blog entries from our time as hospitaleros in El Burgo Ranero.
Our novel is a story of the Camino―its beauty, its power, and its people. And, it’s the story of long-time friends―their fears, regrets, and longings as they look to the future and possible retirement.
The book is available in print from Amazon, which also has an e-book, Kindle version.
For more about the story and to see Reader Comments, click on Second Wind.
With questions or comments, or to engage in discussion, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to talking with you.