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  • Time To Get Back To Creating Local Adventures!
    Monday, September 24, 2022 What a far flung adventure I have had the good fortune to experience! The long days of warm sunshine seem a memory now as my European trip comes to a close. The sunrise today wasn’t even until 7:27 – and there was a question as to whether it would make an […]
  • One More Country To Visit
    Saturday, September 24, 2022 The Pope is coming to town and I’m leaving on the next train!! The two events are not correlated, though it does seem auspicious!! My gracious hotel proprietor and baker extraordinaire, Lia, assured me it would only take twenty minutes to go by foot to the train station based on her […]
  • Haarlem, Netherlands
    Sunday, September 25, 2022 So here I am in Haarlem, Netherlands. Our New York Harlem actually derived its name from here when it was “New Amsterdam”, a Dutch colony. I have to admit, I am wearing thin on my energy levels and it took me a while to get out the door this morning! Also, […]
  • More Strolling In Assisi
    Friday, September 23, 2022 I started my day with another lovely breakfast of too much food lovingly prepared and provided by proprietors Lia and Carmine. And I enjoyed another HOT cappuccino, yum!! Then I was out onto the byways of inner city Assisi courtesy of Rick Steves, via a couple of his generously free website […]
  • The Living, Breathing Assisi of Yesterday and Today
    Thursday, September 22, 2022 So weird. Sandy and Lyn have gone on from here to walk the Via Francesca to Rome! I find myself quite envious (oh how quickly I forget how tired I was of the hills – Ha!). Most of our group left yesterday for extended exploration in Europe or for home. I’m […]
  • Fare Thee Well
    Wedneslday, September 21, 2022 The time has arrived for us to break bread together one last time and then to say our “goodbyes”. It’s always such a mixed bag of emotions, the chance for some alone time, yet the heartbreak of seeing comrades go their separate ways, hopefully to meet again someday, yet not knowing. […]
  • Walking Proudly Into Assisi!!
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Valfabbrica to Assisi!!! 13.4 kilometers, 8.3 miles It seems we left Florence in the heat of summer with its sweltering temperatures and high humidy, to enjoy the perfect walking temperatures of fall! And we are all loving the cool morning air!!  After breakfast (more of the same), we set out for a […]
  • We’re Almost There!!!
    Monday, September 18, 2022 Biscina to Valfabbrica 15 kilometers, 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 966  Elevation Loss: 1,747 We’re getting closer to Assisi!! Well, of course every day we have been getting closer, but we’re starting to feel it now! Breakfast was pastries, hard bread, jams and juices. Certainly not my opinion of a breakfast of […]
  • Walking On Mountain Tops!
    Sunday, September 18, 2022 Goubo to Biscina 22.7 kilometers, 14.1 miles This will be our last long day and then we have two shorter ones at ten and just over eight miles, on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. We are still up in the mountains so I won’t kid myself that they will be easy… Our […]
  • Medieval Gubbio
    Saturday, September 17, 2022 Pietralunga to Gubbio Breakfast was the usual fare of pastries, cereals, meats and cheeses, fruit, juices and coffee. The clouds were clearing and the temperature was perfect for walking. Yet there continued to be a severe storm warning and so we ultimately determined to set out somewhat cautiously by cutting our […]
  • Oh Well
    Thursday, September 15, 2022 Citerna to Città di Castilla   19.3 kilometers, 12 miles Elevation Gain: 2,067 Elevation Loss: 2,651 I The three of us staying at the secondary accommodations, (if you consider an estate with a pool that has an eye-popping view secondary!) were transported over to the other place at 8:45 for breakfast. […]
  • Where Are All The Cows??!?
    Friday, September 16, 2022 Città di Castello to Pietralunga Projected stage: 29.8 km, 18.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,636 Elevation Loss:  1,736 The day dawned with a heavy mist as well as a forecast for more thunderstorms. Yesterday‘s torrential downpour caused severe damage in some places and resulted in mudslides and floods. Nine people lost their […]
  • Walking With Royalty
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Sansepolcro to Citerna Elevation Gain: 790 Elevation Loss: 546 14.3 kilometers, 8.9 miles Today was enjoyable on many levels – some beautiful scenery with a calm in the air under overcast skies, mostly flat walk through farms – probably it was just the groove of putting one foot in front of […]
  • Museo Del Diario -The Museum of Diaries
    Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Pieve Santo Stefano to Sansepolcro We had Breakfast at 7:00 this morning, Yay for early gathering! It was still a late start in our walking though as we headed out to the museum afterwards: http://www.archiviodiari.it “Pieve Santo Stefano sits in the upper Tiber river valley at the foot of the mountains, […]
  • Sun, Sights and Slips
    Monday, September 12, 2022 La Verna to Pieve Santo Stefano Elevation Gain: 719, Elevation Loss: 3013, 16.6 kilometers, 10.3 miles Today’s walk was billed on our “Ride With GPS” app, as a “moderate walk with views of the Upper Tiber Valley mostly descent, initially taking a path that coasts the beech tree woods that surrounds […]
  • Magical Forests and The Favorite Mountain Top Retreat of St Francis
    Sunday, September 11, 2022 Badia Prataglia to Santuario della Verna Elevation Gain: 1724, Elevation Loss: 1849 20.1 kilometers, 12.5 miles Today we actually transported by van to the beginning of our trailhead. We set out for what turned out to be my favorite day so far, truly a walk in the woods. More beech trees […]
  • Walking In The Sacred Forest
    Saturday, September 10, 2022, Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia Projected Elevation Gain: 2139, Elevation Loss: 949, 11 miles Today we walked through the forest, Sacre Foreste to be specific – ultimately ending in a lovely resort town. We walked uphill for a good couple of miles, but then our path gave us more trade offs of […]
  • This Is The Land Of “More Or Less”
    Friday, September 9, 2022 Stia to Camaldoli 16.6 km, 10.3 miles. Elevation gain: 2,982 feet. Elevation loss: 1,742 feet After gathering on the town square (which is actually a rectangle) for photos and to drop bags, we were off for day 4. As for dropping bags – there is a van available to us each […]
  • Green Tuscany
    Thursday, September 8, 2022 Consuma to Stia, projected 16.6 km, 10.3 miles, (actual 12.1 miles) Almost exclusively on paths and gravel roads we walked in “green Tuscany” and saw the first hints of breathtaking mountain views. Our final destination of Stia stands on the headwaters of the Arno amid forests of oak, birch and pine. […]
  • When In Rome, Eat The Friggin’ Pasta!
    Postassieve to Consuma Wednesday, September 7, 2022 For today’s outing, our itinerary briefly notes a constant uphill track that takes us from vineyards into the trees and for about the next five days, the forest will be our setting! Most of of us have been so looking forward to getting into the woods for the […]
  • Tuscany!
    Tuesday, September 6, 2022 From Sandy Brown’s, “Trekking The Way of St Francis”, “Standing at the edge of the Late Middle Ages, a time of the dominion of religion and the Church, Michelangelo and his fellow artists looked within Biblical stories for the classic and timeless beauty in their subjects. Their work gave rebirth to […]
  • Moving Day
    Monday, September 5, 2022 Today is bittersweet.  I am closer to starting my walk, for which I am very excited, but it’s the day of check out at this lovely boutique hotel that Bill previously stayed in and booked for me and which I have become very fond of – Residenza II Villano. It’s a beautiful and […]
  • Fiesole Today!
    Sunday, September o4, 2022 So, I hopped the #7 bus (knew to do this from my travel buddy, Rick Steves, of course!) at Piazza San Marco. There was an easy peasy ticket machine right there, too! The square was a bustle of traffic – pedestrian and motorized. I share this article from visitflorence.com, “Piazza San […]
  • Always Something More To See!
    Saturday, September 3, 2022 My plan this Saturday: go back to some of the Hot Spots I have already visited and observe with a keener eye. Also being armed with more information after researching a bit more in the Rick Steves, “Florence and Tuscany” guidebook that I picked up off the bookshelf where I’m staying. […]
  • On A Clear Day, You Can See Forever!
    Friday, September 2, 2022 And even on a cloudy day the vistas here in Florence are quite breathtaking if you’re okay with climbing some hills! Yet as noted by someone in a review on Trip Advisor, “Walking in Florence is walking in an open air museum. Behind every corner there is a nice view, another […]
  • It’s A New And Wonderful Day!
    Thursday, September 1, 2022 I’m looking at the clock-it’s 7:00 pm right now… Do I go out? It’s only 10:0 0 am back home and I’m still adjusting…? I slept in today until 11 and felt pretty rested, but now I am tired. I made my way out to “wander“ after I unpacked and settled […]
  • Getting There
    August 31, 2022 San Francisco airport to Copenhagen was the longest leg of my August 30/31 journey at 10.5 hours. I was very happy that there was room for my backpack in the bin above me by the time I boarded. I watched nine of ten episodes of Rizzoli and Isles because based on sage […]
  • Pilgrimage
    August 30, 2021 I’m at it again! The Scandinavian Airlines waiting area seat at the San Francisco Airport hardly contains my equally pulsing anxiousness and excitement! I am bound for Copenhagen, then Amsterdam, on to Frankfurt and by 6:30 tomorrow night, Florence in Italy. The more than twenty-four hours between now and then is a […]
  • It’s a Wrap!
    August 17, 18 and 19, 2021 Well, I guess I ended up leaving y’all hanging by not blogging, with my last entry being when I feasted around Santiago de Compostela upon completion of my most recent pilgrimage along the Camino Norte… I was spent in every way and it was all I could do to […]
  • Eating Away The Day (Again)
    Monday, August 16, 2021 Another Rise and Shine at 7 am, and another persona dormida (sleeping) on the living room couch…. This time it was my roommate, our Energy Bunny who officially sprained her ankle the other day. She went to the hospital yesterday for x-rays and thankfully nothing was broken or torn. She had […]
  • Gastronomy in Santiago de Compostela
    Sunday, August 15, 2021 Well, gastronomy from my perspective…! So many choices, so little time…. Last night it became apparent around 10:00 pm that “the group” was going to dine late (much later). I noshed on a delicious chunk of pan (bread) I had purchased earlier. It was spread with peanut butter from a packet […]
  • Into Santiago de Compostela
    Saturday, August 14, 2021 Today we complete our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by walking a short day (under seven miles) into and through the small hamlets of San Marcos and Monte De Gozo, through the outskirts of our good sized culminating city and unto the Plaza del Obradoiro adjacent to La Catedral de Santiago […]
  • Last (and really Only) Long Day
    Friday, August 13, 2021 Our plan to hit the road at 6:00 am was moved up to 5:30 since everyone was Up And At ‘Em early. And then it was immediately thwarted when we realized that we were locked in and the front entrance door was programmed to open at 6:00 anyway. (And there was […]
  • 35 Kilometers to Santiago de Compostela!!!
    Thursday, August 12 Another late start at 8:30. I was ready to go at 6:30 so had a pleasant and quiet morning in the lovely albergue’s living room connecting with some friends and family by text and getting caught up with email and some blogs I follow. And I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise out the […]
  • Happy One Year Birthday, Grand Daughter, Gianna!!
    Wednesday, August 11 Today was a very disjointed day. Our comrade who went to the hospital last night was kept overnight while being tested (negatively) for the COVID virus, being administered an IV and given some meds. She was able to leave at 10:00 today with some prescriptions. She has a very interesting story to […]
  • Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls
    August 10, 2021 We walked from Parga through Bandoneed, Santo Leocadia, Laguna, Miraz, Pontella and Brana. That is when we had to segue off the Camino. It was 6 miles instead of the anticipated 3 and we were all spent… Then it was from Portocelo, Aldea de Arriba to Samede, Nodar and Regüela. For a […]
  • We Are Staying in a 6th-Century Village!!
    Monday, August 9, 2021 I know that we started in Baamonde, yet I really don’t know where we went today, or what towns we passed by. It seems like we only went through one very tiny little section of about five houses. I did see two signs identifying Sambriexo and Velouchada … We knew we […]
  • And Then There Were Three
    Sunday, August 8, 2021 After all the pilgrims we saw yesterday and with the uncertainty around bed availability and Covid protocols, we decided to get out the door even earlier today at 5:30 am and walked nearly two hours with our headlamps on. It was only three of us on foot today and the other […]
  • Where Did All The Pilgrims Come From??!!?
    Saturday, July 7, 2021 With the Covid protocol in place, we only had room in our albergue last night for our group plus two other pilgrims we have met along the way – an Italian and a Czech. Super nice guys and we will probably see them along the way if not at our next […]
  • Cows, Cows and More Cows!! (Vacas Grande)
    Friday, July 6, 2021 Not sure how I missed the memo that we were not leaving today until 8 am, but I did. I thought launch time was 7:00 and since I was kind of awake at 6:15, I went ahead and did my normal “Get Out of Dodge” routine and scooped up my sleep […]
  • Into The Mountains
    August 5, 2021 The city of Ribadeo which we left from today, was founded by Fernando II in 1183 but taken by the French knight Pierre de Vaillanes and not fully integrated into the larger region until the 19th century. We had a view right out our window of “The house – Tower Sierra Pambley”, […]
  • My Feet Hurt!
    August 4, 2021 Today was a hard day, projected to be about 14 miles, but with a couple of group errors and some extra walking around in our destination town of Ribadeo, my Heart App recorded 19.1 miles by bedtime. We walked for 8 miles through corn fields and cow pastures. We virtually saw no […]
  • The Road Less Traveled
    August 3, 2021 Last night’s albergue was spacious and had a sunny courtyard replete with lawn chairs! And we actually ended up having five other pilgrims there, yet we got a large room to ourselves. Super nice people, of course (from Italy, The Netherlands & Madrid) but mostly, we have not seen very many pilgrims! […]
  • Village to Village, Repeat!
    August 2, 2021 So the whole location, location, location thing… The other end of that stick is we’re in a popular place for evening/early morning action being in an alley with several restaurants. We are also on the fifth floor with a window out to the roof where the seagulls like to hang out!! Somehow […]
  • Walk to a Coastal town (?) – Sure!!
    Sunday, August 1, 2021 Rounding our last descending hill into Luarca was unexpected, jaw dropping and sigh inducing!!!! The majestic beach lay before us with maritime activity and the lush green hillside was topped with a church surrounded by an ancient wall and dotted with homes of age and character! As we progressed into town, […]
  • Day One of Camino Norte
    Saturday, July 31 Our group easily made it up and out of the albergue by 6:15!! Brrrr – a little chillier than Madrid at 54° – but no rain! We walked back through town, had a group photo in the dusk and bade the Primitivo perigrinos farewell and Buen Camino. Our Norte route group continued […]
  • Asturias
    Friday, July 30, 2021 Today I walked the 110 steps down from our 5th floor Airbnb for the last time as we headed out at 8:15 for our 2 1/2 mile walk to the bus stop. We enjoyed most of the way through the shade of a beautiful park, which was wonderful since it was […]
  • Making Memories in Madrid
    Thursday, July 29, 2021 Day dawned early as I just could not sleep! I added a cool poem I ran across to our group chat and lo and behold, it exposed another non sleeper! Things get going slow in Spain so mostly we plotted and planned for a bit and ultimately three of us headed […]
  • Are We There Yet?
    Our longest travel day is behind us! Actually, I guess that’s relative because every day on a pilgrimage is a travel day in some way! Usually toward a destination, yet often to a realization internally or an emotional “Ah ha”. We survived the nine hour American Airlines flight with great service, included food, continual mask […]
  • And We’re Off!
    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 I am one of a group of eleven bound to walk a portion of the centuries old pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. To “walk across Spain”, as I like to say! This is my fifth “Camino” and fourth opportunity to join the Wayfinding Academy of Portland, Oregon – an awesome, two […]
  • Generous Grace
    Soooo – Hello!! Long time no blog!!! It’s not that I haven’t had an abundance of life events to report, that’s for sure! And its not like I haven’t had some extra “free time” on my hands with the Covid-19 Pandemic of this last year… If anything, I was maybe trekking outside more (if you […]
  • America’s Comeback City, (Detroit Part 2)
    As I said in my last blog, I enjoyed such a variety of fun and local sights in and around Ferndale and Detroit, Michigan on a visit to see my cousin and to check another Major League Baseball stadium off my list, that I decided to create a “Part 2” to my sharing! On Friday […]
  • Michigan – The “Mitten State”, (Detroit, Part One)
    I discovered in a recent trip to visit my cousin in Ferndale, a very close suburb to Detroit, that since Michigan is shaped like a mitten, the locals identify their city by throwing up their hand to show what part of the “mitten” they live in!  And also to show where they plan to go […]
  • Into The Great Wide Open, Under Them Skies Of Blue
    September 7, 2019 Tom Petty surely didn’t have hiking in the Pacific Northwest in mind when he penned those words, yet I can’t help but sing them to myself when I reach a vista point or clearing after trudging up, Up and UP!!! Last month Handsome Hubby and I took a ferry from Edmonds to […]
  • Twin Falls Hike
    September 6, 2019 Twin Falls Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail in the Snoqualmie Mountain region located near North Bend, Washington, that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate.   My new women’s trekking group headed out early for a Friday morning commune with nature – and oh yeah, […]
  • Hello, It’s Me!
    September 5, 2019 It has been a while! I suppose taking a break from sharing is a real part of one’s personal “Camino”… And even though I’m pretty sure that most of my peeps are not interested in my retirement gallivanting about, I thought I’d post another blog about what I’ve been up to this […]
  • Last Night In Barcelona…
    April 25, 2019 This is Part Two of today’s lingering in what has become a favorite city of mine, Barcelona. The Norwegian Airlines inflight magazine noted some Barcelona eateries and I decided to check one out – El Nacional located at the heart of Passeig de Gràcia. Their website touts it as “the first restaurant […]
  • When In Barcelona…
    April 25, 2019 Today I was extremely fatigued and just wanted to “do nothing”, but dang, I’m in Barcelona, y’all!! So, this ends up being a long blog with lots of internet fact sharing. Grab yourself a café con leche (or vino tinto/vino blanco) and come walk with me! (I only took a few photos […]
  • A Walk In The Park – Park Güell
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Today I set out on “the green line” to one of the more popular attractions in Barcelona – Park Güell. Without a necessary reservation to go into the areas of notoriety, I felt that even a stroll around its grounds would be a great way to enjoy this sunny morning. Had […]
  • Love Is In The Air!!
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 First of all – Happy Birthday Camiga, Laura Peña!!!  I miss you tons already! I have been fortunate countless times now to be in the countries I have visited on holidays! Today I bussed to the Santiago de Compostela airport with Laura, flew to Barcelona, and then bussed to Plaça de […]
  • Santiago de Compostela
    Monday, April 22, 2019 I totally stole this from the website, ultreyatours.com. It’s good information that I thought would be difficult to summarize, and I was just tired! “Santiago de Compostela is often referred to as a large village built around a beautiful Cathedral. When walking around the Old walled town and arriving into any […]
  • Easter Sunday in Spain
    Sunday, April 21, 2019 What an auspicious day to be in this vibrant city of pilgrims, tourists, Spaniards and Catholics and all Christians! In Spain, Easter is celebrated is for the entire week before Easter Sunday – “Semana Santa” or “Holy Week,” is full of processionals with giant Catholic floats, musical bands and hooded brotherhood […]
  • Santiago de Compostela Here We Come!!
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 Today we walked from Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela, another “short” day at 16.7 km or 10.4 miles. Also a special treat to weary bodies, our trek was along bucolic country roads, there were very few big hills, and no other peregrinos”! We have heard that the Francés route is extremely […]
  • On The Road Again
    Friday, April 19, 2019 Today seemed like a “walk in the park” from Bandeira to Outeiro!!! We had a few hills, as is usually the case, but mostly we were walking through the eucalyptus scented forests and farm land. We were all thrilled that we only had 10 miles to cover. It’s all about perspective […]
  • Coming Into The Home Stretch!
    Thursday, April 18 Today we walked from A Laxe to Bandeira, 17.1 km, 10.6 miles and stayed in the government albergue. Today was s Delightful day! We heard the rain pounding on the roof ALL NIGHT, yet true to the forecast, it stopped at 5:00 a.m. so that our 7:15 departure was a dry one. […]
  • Get Up And Do It Again
    Wednesday, April 17 Today we walked from Monasterio de Oseira to A Laxe, 29 km, 18 miles. We set out to walk 12 yet, it didn’t work out that way and tomorrow we will have less!! Several have injuries though and general fatigue has set in. Our group tries to stay together as a general […]
  • It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night
    Tuesday, April 16 Ourense to Monasterio de Oseira, 30.8 km, 19.1 miles. Alarms off at 5:45!!! We walked a mile to the rail station and had breakfast. Then we proceeded to encounter and conquer a KILLER HILL – steep, steep, steep and at least a mile plus!!!! All of our previous incredibly crazy elevation gain […]
  • We Are (a bigger) Family!
    Monday, April 15 Xunquiera de Ambia to Ourense, 23 km, 14.3 miles. Even though we knew we had a short day, we were still out the door by 7:00. Unfortunately it took us forty-five minutes to figure our way out of town… There is never a day without hills though today was mostly flat – […]
  • A Change in Tempo
    Sunday, April 14 Laza to Xunquiera de Ambia, 32.7 km, 20.3 miles, stay Albergue de Peregrinos de Xunquiera de Ambia.   Being on another route means no more Alma from Mexico – who became part of our family until she stepped up her game with “super fast Spanish dude”, (though we still saw her often). […]
  • Shall We Try Another “Way”?
    Saturday April 13, 2019 Si, si, si!  Today we walked to a bus station a mile from our albergue, took a bus to the Bilbao airport and traveled by rental car 5 1/2 hours to Laza.  Now we are on the Camino Sanabras for a couple of days until we reach Ourense, where we will […]
  • Slip Sliding Away
    Thursday and Friday, April 11 & 12, 2019 (6th & 7th day’s of walking) Thursday morning we stayed for breakfast at the Monastery with our kindly hospitalier serving us white bread toast with jam (Breakfast of Champions – NOT!)!  We then walked out  from Markina-Xemein at about 7:30 – along highway and river, through pastures and […]
  • Norte Forté
    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Day 4 of walking Today’s morning was glorious!! We had a beautiful, several mile stroll along the beach promenade as a brilliant sun rose over the horizon. At one point we had to climb over the walkway barricade to go around some construction and then climb back over! In the meantime […]
  • Oh The Rain
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Day 5 of walking Thankfully we tiptoed out of our albergue at 6:30 a.m., had a quick breakfast across the square and were able to get two hours in before the rain started.  We had a higher elevation gain than yesterday and it was another grueling day.  The rain was mild […]
  • Vistas
    Monday, April 7 Today we walked from  San Sebastián to Zarautz, through Barrio Igeldo and the cute port town of Orio, 20.4 km, (12.67 miles). The vistas were phenomenal, though we did get rained on parts of the day. “Orio has long been an important pilgrimage stop; Ferdinand and Isabella declared in 1484 that pilgrims […]
  • Zocalo Festival and a Couple of Dining Options in Zihuatanejo
    Every Sunday night in Zihuatanejo at La Cancha (the basketball court) ensues the Zocalo Festival and hundreds of adultos and niños come out as familias to enjoy entertainment, street food, socializing and to give one another support and encouragement. Truly a feast – for the senses!! Before the main event happens, the little ones play […]
  • Let’s Go To The Beach!!!
    Sunday, April 7, 2019 Distance: 8 miles on the Camino, 10 miles around town We did end up having one other perigrina with us last night, Alma from Mexico City. No need to worry about making morning noise however as our our hotelier has a policy of turning on the lights at 6:45. Our day’s […]
  • Walking, Walking, Walking!
    Saturday, April 6, Day 1 Walking Today’s the day!! A group of five pilgrims from our Wayfinding Academy team set out early to walk from Pamplona along the Camino Francés. They will have two others join them in a couple of days. My familia had a longer morning before getting our walk on as we […]
  • Let’s Go!
    April 5, 2019 So, it’s true – I’ve decided to walk another portion of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in SpaIn beginning on April 6th!! Oh man – that’s Tomorrow !!! It was just a short while ago I found there were spaces available to travel along on Wayfinding Academy’s 2019 “Learn and Explore” […]
  • Sunday Switcheroo
    February 10, 2019 We arose ahead of our sun and relished the coolness of predawn and the gradual transition out of twilight as we trekked up La Ropa Road to meet our Canadian friends, Marge and Ted. They arrived yesterday afternoon and we decided to spend a little time with them in a morning walk […]
  • Of Pangas and Sailing Ships
    February 9, 2019 Friday we took a little panga over to Playa Las Gatas – a field trip we take at least a couple of times while we are in Zihuatanejo.  Some folks get to LasGatas by climbing over the rocks that separate it from Playa la Ropa, yet most people just pay 40 pesos […]
  • Book Report Break
    February 8, 2019 Today I share with you a book report!!  Knowing my love of walking, this most enjoyable read was shared with me by a dear friend and I was able to check the publication out from my local library.  I love to read as much as I thrill to walk – instilled in […]
  • Holy Pasole!
    February 7, 2019 Man – it just keeps snowing back home (not the usual winter weather in Seattle environs) and each day here in our Mexican February home-away-from-home continues to dawn with the promise of golden sunshine, blue skies and almost sizzling temperatures in the high 80’s. And we like getting our walk on before […]
  • Does “Walking With Purpose” Equate To Meaning?
    February 6, 2016 It could have been middle of the night for all the blackness our overhead sky held this morning when Hubby arose to go fishing at 6:00 a.m. (or what we like to call, “0 dark-thirty”). If I don’t join him, I walk with him to the dock and eventually, when snack supplies […]
  • Zihuatanejo Sailfest
    February 5, 2019 “Vacation” manifests for me in many ways. I know some of you are probably thinking, “yeah, like you’re always on it!” Okay, that’s fair! What can I say – it’s a priority!! For the most part I like to stay physically and culturally active and a primary goal is to discover and […]
  • How Does It Feel?!
    February 4, 2019 Today is a National holiday In Mexico – Constitution Day. The 1917 Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Queretaro during the Mexican Revolution, approved by the Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917, with Venustiano Carranza serving as the first president. We love our cozy, charming casa with character!! What a stupendous home […]
  • Super Bowl Sunday Fiesta!
    February 3, 2019 Today we bid a lingering adios to The Inn at Manzanillo Bay, our amigos and to Tranquilo Troncones. It’s on to Zihuanteno – what we have always considered a “sleepy little fishing village” yet in comparison – a happening place! In fact, we had to make a “reservation” to watch the Super […]
  • Put Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care!
    February 2, 2019 Our mornings unfold slowly around here. There are always a couple of surfers that either come from our bungalows or have permission to access the wave action through our premises. By the time the cloak of darkness lifts and skies leave behind their twilight shades, said surfers have completed their morning runs […]
  • Put Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care!
    February 2, 2019 Our mornings unfold slowly around here. There are always a couple of surfers that either come from our bungalows or have permission to access the wave action through our premises. By the time the cloak of darkness lifts and skies leave behind their twilight shades, said surfers have completed their morning runs […]
  • Does Anybody Know What Time It Is – Does Anybody Really Care?
    February 1, 2019 For the past four years our Troncones casa where we commence our Mexican vacation each February has been The Inn at Manzanilla Bay. The style is invitingly rustic with vaulted timber ceilings and exposed beams, thatched roofs, and colorful casitas – each with their own outside terrace. The entire estate is surrounded […]
  • Birdwatching Mertz Style
    January 31, 2019 Thursday had us up before dawn for a jungle adventure with birder extraordinaire, Wil, and his extremely knowledgeable partner in all things, Belem.  For nearly two hours we meandered trails strewn with boulders, grasses and red dirt, a myriad of indigenous flowers, including the original native pepper plant of all peppers as […]
  • Make it Happen!
    January 30, 2019 We drew out our awakening this morning (aka “slept in”) and even though we are retired, it was pure luxury – stretching limb by limb and slowly opening one eye and then the other, ocean waves crashing their serenade just outside our door… I am (philosophically) prepared for the challenge to stay […]
  • Troncones Tuesday
    January 29, 2019 3:00 am alarm – check. Two taped and tagged boxes of six bottles each Washington State wine ready to go – check Two carry-ons with vacation/warm weather wear – check Backpack of finger puppets, licorice, CBD chews, Fran’s chocolates, vacuum packed Billfish baked chocolate chip cookies, Chex Party Mix, and rosemary pesto […]
  • Sunday Stroll in our Sovereign’s Sanctuary of Serenity
    January 27, 2019 Sunday dawned foggy and chilly – a 36 degrees BRRR!  All week Kirkland, Washington ushered in the morning with turn-the-heater-on temps, yet the sunshine has been of a blinding brilliance offsetting the frigidness and contributing to our decision to go for a local hike today.  As always, once we got going it […]
  • Islands and Inlets
    January 15, 2019 Part One: On somewhat of a whim, Hubby and I decided to make a midweek jaunt on a ferry into our Washington State San Juan Islands. The Draw – a wine tasting hosted by “Stan The Man” of the bountiful King’s Market in Friday Harbor and presented by Scott Murphy of Unique […]
  • Being Tourists In Our Own Town(s)
    Autumn, 2018 Our good friend, Dennis, has been bartender at The Space Needle for 34 years!!!  He invited Hubby and me to join him and some other friends for a tour in November (yes, “last year”) and as it was a splendid day, the views were astounding!!   The Space Needle observation tower was built […]
  • Vibrant Vancouver
    January 1, 2019 So as a culmination to a year that had me away from home an incredible amount of the time – much of it out of the country, it was only fitting to conclude 2018 outside of the United States!  Handsome Hubby and I decided to make the two and a half hour […]
  • A Quick Few Days In Houston, Texas
      October 22, 2018 I am a HUGE Major League Baseball MANIAC!!  I don’t have a nostalgic story about going to games with my grandfather or of painful, interminable years as a loyal fan of a losing team (like my Chicago friends).  I don’t have any relatives that play Major League baseball nor has going […]
  • A Celebration of Farming and Food at Carnation Farms!
    November 3-4, 2018 “At Carnation Farms, we celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect health, the environment, and local economies.  We are here to develop and inspire the next generation of food citizens and grow new farmers.” Man, did we have a BLAST […]
  • Glory And Splendor
    “They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5 NIV  October 21, 2018 Ahhhh, the Stunningly Beautiful, Intoxicating Pacific Northwest on a crisp and Stellar Autumn day!!! Billfish and I opted outside to the woods today for an invigorating, Sunday hike in our alluring […]
  • Spanish winery plants flag in Washington
    I am 100% sharing word for word an article from the Washington Wine Report.  I am doing so to highlight this fabulous news for those of us who live here, and also to bring attention to this development for other wine lovers!   Honestly as well, I am sharing this article as support for thoughts […]
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