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Return to Wonderland Trail, Mt Rainier 2017

Return to Wonderland Trail, Mt Rainier 2017

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.    John Muir August 9-12, 2017 Looking back on last year’s trip on the Wonderland Trail, I started my blog entry with this John Muir quote.  I feel [...]


Final Day of Costa Brava Running tour

Final Day of Costa Brava Running tour

October 26, 2016 After our final, satisfying Spanish breakfast buffet we three slightly-tired, trail-worn Americans and our fearless, shoeless, happy and inspiring leader Pablo hit the road for a half hour drive to start today where we left off yesterday at Port de la Selva (the eastern-most part of Spain. Today’s run would be one [...]


Dali, Inspiring landscapes, Eastern-most point of Spain

Dali, Inspiring landscapes, Eastern-most point of Spain

Oct 25, 2016 Cadaques to Port d’ el Selva Cadaques is a small, beautifully-preserved city on the northern coast of the Costa Brava area of Catalonia.  Tourism and specialty restaruants are important here.  It is also well-known for being the home and inspirational landscape to surrealist artist Salvador Dali and his muse and wife, Russian [...]


Double Run Day and back to the Coast

Double Run Day and back to the Coast

This morning we got a late start, which was pretty nice in that everything was laid-back and flexible. With running every day – even though I love love love it- it’s quite nice to sleep in, eat a leisurely breakfast and have time for it to digest before heading out. It is now only us [...]


Coastal trails, Paella, and another “Castle”

Coastal trails, Paella, and another "Castle"

Today was my most favorite day yet!  I think it has a little to do with getting into the flow of things.  I remember that when I did the Camino it took me a good week to get a routine down; with unpacking and re-packing each day, with the time change, with meals and navigating [...]


Running to the Sea!

Running to the Sea!

Oct 22, from Peratallada to Llafranc, a Costa Brava coastal city I awoke in Peratallada bundled in one of the coziest beds I’ve ever slept in, with large pillows surrounding me. It was barely light outside and almost 8am but was chilly and cloudy out. I met our group for a very light breakfast (the [...]


Peratallada, “carved stone” village

Peratallada, "carved stone" village

Oct 21, 2016 Today our group, again led by Pablo, ran about 25k (15.5 miles) from just outside of Girona into a town called Peratallada which means “carved stone”.  We saw remnants of a castle, many old stone walls, a moat, and a church, along with some highly ranked contemporary restaurants which suprised me!  Not [...]


Girona on foot

Girona on foot

Oct 20, 2016 Girona is one of the major Catalan cities, and has a complex and interesting history through stories and rulers of the Iberians (indigenous inhabitants), Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Charlemagne. Though all those changes various religions dominated and combined. In the 12th century the Jewish community flourished in Girona. All of these noteworthy [...]


Return to Spain; Oct 19, 2016

Return to Spain; Oct 19, 2016

Barcelona to Girona! October 19, 2016 After an unfortunate mechanical delay which required over 3 hours and an unplanned plane change in Newark (though with gritted teeth I reminded myself to be thankful that a malfunction is caught before the plane leaves the ground..), I was finally en route to Spain. The excitement has been building [...]


Wonderland Trail, Mt Rainier

Wonderland Trail, Mt Rainier

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.    John Muir  August 4-6, 2016 “Choose your own adventure”‘ Abram Dickerson tells our group of 10 runners who sit around the picnic table, eagerly listening to details [...]


Day 30, Oct 28: Finisterre back to Santiago and Home to Boulder

Day 30, Oct 28:  Finisterre back to Santiago and Home to Boulder

Some people do walk back to Santiago from Finisterre, or by way of Muxia where I had already been.  I felt fortunate to have had the time to walk out to the sea, but needed to bus back to Santiago to fly home on Thursday. I had a leisurely morning, with some breakfast and coffee [...]


Day 29, Oct 27: Muxia to Finisterre, 17.5mi

Day 29, Oct 27:  Muxia to Finisterre, 17.5mi

Last night I stayed in a “Pension” (accent on the o), which is basically renting a room in a house.  I think they are usually listed/advertised as such, and have some loose regulations of what they’ll provide, but I have also had people ask me in cities if I’m looking for a room to rent [...]


Day 28, Oct 26: Dumbria to Muxia, 12mi

Day 28, Oct 26:  Dumbria to Muxia, 12mi

Today was a planned shorter day, since I walked longer yesterday in the sunshine.  It rained a lot last night – I heard it – but I awoke to a partly cloudy/sunny morning.  I eased into the morning, no rush needed.  Bacchus, the only other pilgrim who stayed in the albergue last night, was getting [...]


Day 27, Oct 25: Negreira to Dumbria, 27.5mi

Day 27, Oct 25:  Negreira to Dumbria, 27.5mi

The time changed here in Spain last night!  Unexpectedly, to me.  My watch was an hour off when I awoke  (the time on my phone read correctly).  I changed my watch and didn’t think much of it.  It was lighter, though, which made getting up and going out much easier.  There was some fog, but [...]


Day 26, Oct 24: Santiago to Negreira, 13mi

Day 26, Oct 24:  Santiago to Negreira, 13mi

It was strangely hard for me to leave today.  I let myself sleep in because of 2 nights in a row staying up so late (experiencing the late-night food scene!), and today I don’t have that far to walk to my first destination on the way to the coast.  But, I really felt like I [...]


Day 25, Oct 23: A day in Santiago!

Day 25, Oct 23:  A day in Santiago!

I slept in today after going to bed around 1am.  It was so nice to have my comfy hotel room.  I went downstairs to the cafe attached to the hotel and purchased a big slab of pumpkin break (er, cake; let’s be honest), brought it back up to my room and made tea.  (Please can I [...]


Day 24, Oct 22: Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago de Compostela, 12mi

Day 24, Oct 22:  Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago de Compostela, 12mi

I had lots of dreams last night; starting to think about re-entry to my real life.  Ahhh, not yet!! Took my time this morning, going to get breakfast and read a little before heading out. Only 12 miles and will be in Santiago.  I am excited to see this big destination, but kind of want [...]


Day 23, Oct 21: Ribadiso to Pedrouzo Arca, 14mi

Day 23, Oct 21:  Ribadiso to Pedrouzo Arca, 14mi

Walked about 30 minutes from my albergue that was on the outskirts of a slightly bigger town called Pedrouzo Arca, or Arca, and found a cafe where I could order a real breakfast and do some journalling.  Not in a  hurry, and it feels nice to take this time, especiallly as I get closer and [...]


Day 22, Oct 20: Palas de Rei to Ribadiso, 15.3mi

Day 22, Oct 20:  Palas de Rei to Ribadiso, 15.3mi

Today dawned chilly with some wind, but sunny.  Anything was better than the incessent rain of yesterday; I felt very glad to have that behind me and the forecast is clear and sunny for the next several days.  I was also thankful to have had that tough experience.  We always grow more when we are [...]


Day 21, Oct 19: Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 15mi

Day 21, Oct 19:  Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 15mi

Humble Pie Day.  I shared with you  my thoughts of “Come what may, I will be.”  And how much peace that brought me, especially regarding trying to control my weather circumstances. Today it rained.  ALL day.  I woke up in my cozy albergue, having slept pretty well on a top bunk with about 15 other [...]


Day 20, Oct 18: Calvor to Portomarin, 16.3mi

Day 20, Oct 18:  Calvor to Portomarin, 16.3mi

This morning I began my walk with a 27-year-old gal from China named Yow Yow who lives and works in Portugal.  I met her yesterday; we both were walking into the late afternoon to get to Calvor.  We didn’t really walk together yesterday, but this morning we did.  She speaks pretty good English, which is [...]


Day 19, Oct 17: La Faba to Calvor, 23mi

Day 19, Oct 17:  La Faba to Calvor, 23mi

I left La Faba in some light rain, and it became harder and windier as we climbed up through the hills to the next tiny, quaint town called O’Cebreiro (prounounced:  Oh-thay-bray-AIR-oh).  The Iglesia (church) de Santa Maria Real is one of the earliest surviving buildings on the Camino de Santiago, dating from the 9th century. [...]


Day 18, Oct 16: Cacabelos to La Faba, 19mi

Day 18, Oct 16:  Cacabelos to La Faba, 19mi

Today I started slowly due to a sore right foot where my arch tightened up yesterday evening.  I wasnt too concerned, but needed to warm it up this morning so I didn’t do my usual “morning pace” which is pretty quick.   It was a gorgeous, peaceful vineyard walk with hilly views.  It was quite chilly [...]


Day 17, Oct 15: Foncebadon to Cacabelos, 25.75mi

Day 17, Oct 15:  Foncebadon to Cacabelos, 25.75mi

No one was in a rush to leave this small Foncebadon albergue today, so I got up about 7:30.  For the first time I didn’t really sleep that well.  My bed was right by the door which led out to the bathrooms.  Any time anyone got up to use it, the automatic hall light would go [...]