Welcome to “One Footestep at a Time,” my blog about walking the Camino de Santiago!
I made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela via the Camino Frances over the course of three trips, in 2013 and 2015.
Camino 1.0 began in St. Jean Pied-de-Port on June 5, 2013. I had great intentions of walking the entire 790 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela in one journey of thirty-some days. But not long before Burgos, as I walked into San Juan de Ortega, my ankle started to give out, possibly from tendinitis. After taking a bus through the Meseta, I ended up at the Parador in Leon, still in pain, and decided to return home to the Bay Area.
Once home, my ankle healed with rest, elevation and ice. I dreamed of returning to the Camino. At the end of the summer, I began to train again, and bought a plane ticket to Madrid for the month of October, 2013.
Camino 2.0 began in Leon, on October 5, at the Parador, where I’d left off, in June. I walked from Leon to Santiago de Compostela, arriving at the Cathedral on October 24.
But wait…there’s more!
Camino 3.0 began the week after Easter, 2015, and completed the “missing link” between Burgos and Leon that I’d skipped in 2013.
I wrote most of the posts on this blog via my iPhone, and they reflect the immediacy of being in the moment, and are a witness to the joy of walking the Camino. I also wrote some posts when I returned and had time to reflect on my experience as a pilgrim. Many of those are under the tab “Reflections.”
Since returning to “real life,” I’ve learned the following:
- Once you’ve walked the Camino, you’re always a Pilgrim. I will return to the Camino again.
- The experience of walking the Way of St. James continues to transform my life.
- There are many books about the Camino: memoirs, historical fiction, guidebooks, picture books. You can read my reviews on the Book Review page.
- In the past two years, I’ve led retreats for several Episcopal churches using my Camino experience as a metaphor for our spiritual journey of faith. I am available to speak to groups or lead retreats. Please leave a comment to contact me.
I’m an Episcopal Priest and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a trained Interim, which means I lead Episcopal churches while they are in the transition period between permanent clergy. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we are parents of three young adult children.
I welcome your comments and conversation.
Many Blessings on your journey, and Buen Camino!