August 22, 2022

Costa Mesa, Ca.

Dear Family & Friends:

Tomorrow morning, I depart for Spain to begin my journey on the Camino de Santiago.

I am super excited to report that my three daughters (Lisa, Lori & Amy) and one of my  granddaughters (Elle) will be joining me for part of this Spiritual Pilgrimage. I will begin my walk in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, proceed across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela and continue to the lighthouse at the “end of the world” in the Atlantic Coast seaside town of Finisterre. The total distance is over 600 miles. On September 21, Lisa, Lori, Amy & Elle (Amy’s daughter) will join me in Astorga, Spain, which is 162 miles from Santiago de Compostela. Lisa and Lori will return home from Santiago de Compostela; and Amy and Elle will walk with me to the end of the world.

We are all in big-time training for this adventure. We have had several planning meetings at Lisa’s house. The first was a dinner meeting with dear friends, Sharon Macdonald and Craig Fisher, who have completed part of the Camino de Santiago. They gave us good advice over a wonderful Paella Spanish dinner prepared by Lisa. Last weekend,  Lisa and I attended a Walk and Shell Ceremony sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. Yesterday, we all met at Lisa’s house to go over the gear list and try to sort out the Spanish entry requirements.

As noted in my last post, I will be blogging the trip on my website. I will also post photos and videos on Facebook, assuming I can remember the Facebook lesson given to me by Lisa. Here is the link to my eight summits Facebook page:

My next post will be from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Dinner with Sharon & Craig

The Walk

The Shell Ceremony

Gear meeting (Elle was working)

Papa’s Pilgrims