Walking the Camino de Santiago

This walk is coming up in the top of my interest again lately. The Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James” is a network of pilgrim’s ways, or pilgrimages, which lead to the shrine of Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are many routes that pilgrims walk. I am interested in one of the most popular, the Frances, where one starts in France, and ends in Spain.

The Frances


Image from https://thecaminoprovides.com/routes/frances2017/


Albergues are hostels located in about every little town. Multi bunk rooms, you have a place to shower, sleep, perhaps cook a meal. This way you don’t have to carry a tent and camp gear, maybe not even a sleeping bag in the summer months. There are also private rooms available in most towns if you want to spend money for privacy.



Image from https://www.caminosantiagodecompostela.com/pilgrims-credential-el-camino-de-santiago/

Camino credential-passport. You need one of these for your walk. It establishes you as a pilgrim, where you are allowed to sleep in an albergue and qualify you for a (cheaper) pilgrim’s meal. You have to have your credential stamped at least daily to show that you have walked (or cycled) the route.


I became aware of the Camino de Santiago a few years ago during a random internet search that brought up the movie “The Way” with Martin Sheen from 2010.

In researching it, I was intrigued by having albergues and bars so close together, you don’t really have to carry food, water, gear on your walk.

At the Adventure Summit in Dayton earlier this year, a couple gave a lecture on their pilgrimage-to a packed house! It’s evident that people are interested in “The Way”.

Coleman presentation at Adventure Summit

Have you walked el Camino de Santiago? Would you go on a pilgrimage?




Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

The third week of November is proclaimed to be geography awareness week. How are you on geography? Is that state Vermont or New Hampshire?

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Check out these puzzles for fun!

Can you correctly identify where each state is? (I misplaced Kansas…)

Do you know where the European Countries are? I failed miserably at this! Oh sure, everyone knows where France, Spain, Ireland are located but how about Macedonia, Malta, Albania?

How well do you know South America? Try this “click on the right country” for your results!

Africa! It’s a big continent! Where is Kenya?  Complete this one!

Oh Canada! Identify all the provinces!

if you REALLY want to think, check out this one from Buzzfeed!



Ohiopyle is Just Fine in the Off Season!

Back from a week end in Ohiopyle Pennsylvania!


What kind of name is “Ohiopyle”?

Ohiopyle is derived from “ohiopehhla” meaning white frothy water.  This certainly is an apt name in this area!

Things to Do When not White Water Rafting

Laurel Highland Hiking Trail

OP has great white water rafting opportunities. But even in the off season, there are plenty of activities to pursue.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Laurel Highlands PA

The LHHT is 71 miles long. There are shelters along the way for over night stays. It is a simply beautiful trail. It is marked with yellow blazes-you can’t get lost-and concrete markers to tell you where you are (or how far you have to go!)

Beam Rocks Laurel Highland Trail


You can hike to waterfalls around OP. Cucumber Falls is the easiest, because you can drive to it, it’s just down the steps.

Cucumber Falls Ohiopyle


OP is a convenient town if you are on the Great Allegheny Passage. The bike trail is far less busy in the off season!



Happy Veterans Day!!

Happy Veterans Day to my two favorite veterans!

Veterans Day

My father served in the Navy in the 1950’s. He was a mechanic and worked on aircraft carriers. He was stationed in  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base,  Cuba.

Dad AirplaneDadNavy


My husband is a former paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division. He participated in the Grenada Intervention.



Take a moment out of your day to say “Thank you veterans”!

Art Journal Challenge Week 45 Dogs

Art Journal Challenge Dogs

artjournal challeng eweek 45 dogs


Whee! An easy art journal prompt for me DOGS! I first thought to post pics of all my dogs, but then I realized that was a bit of a cop out, this is supposed to be a mixed media challenge for me.

Art Journal Challenge Dogs

I had bought “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” book at the library book sell and cut some Snoopies out of it. I didn’t want the page to become all “Snoopy” instead of “dogs”. I started drawing a few cartoony dog pics.

Right hand side art journal challenge dogs

I didn’t like all the white space around the dogs, that’s when I started printing “dogs” in the various open spots.

My “dog” from Art Journal Challenge Week “Copy something famous” also made an appearance.

Art Journal Challenge Week 45 Dogs

This was fun for me!

Art Journal Week 43 and 44 Grenada Related

We were on the lovely isle of spice, Grenada, from October 21 through the 29th, so these two weeks were Grenada inspired.

back to the beach

Week 43

Kind of a bullet journal and travel journal mash up, I love making my lists!

Week 44 Watercolors on the Beach

I bought watercolor pencils for the express purpose of sitting on BBC Beach and paint the curve of the hillside. Yes, I know they are horrible but you know what? It was probably the best watercolor on that beach on those days!

Describe a Perfect Day


We would live in the San Juan Mountains just outside of Silverton, Colorado.

Outside of Silverton


My eight dogs crowd around me. It’s funny how they made that vaccine that makes dogs live 50 years. It’s astonishing how well they all get along.

three dogs


I check on the kitchen gardens, notice how well my organic tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs are doing. It looks like my husband can make us pizza in our hand built wood fired pizza oven this afternoon with fresh herbs and tomatoes. The pizza oven would look something like this:


Photo from http://www.homedesigninspired.com/28-outdoor-wood-fired-ovens-help-to-jazz-up-your-backyard-time/

I make a mental note to check on the mozzarella cheese I made yesterday-glad we got the goats who are peacefully chomping grass in their movable pen-we don’t have to mow with the goats around!

Pic from https://i.pinimg.com/originals/01/71/dc/0171dc9350bea0cfeb3205330e1c1e4c.jpg


I contemplate whether to trail run or bike this morning. Since they came up with the osteoarthritis cure, and my knee was replaced, I’m back to running as much as I want! I still enjoy biking. I know I have a 10 am conference call with my agent. I’m hoping my next book auction will bring as much as the first four books did-no 9-5 for me any longer!

The rest of the day is spent in our well ventilated mountain home. We hike with the dogs later. Around dinner time, we break open a bottle of wine from the vineyard we invested in years earlier. Who knew it would take off and be THE award winning wine, year after year? For our start up money invested, they pay us back  in wine. Win Win!


My husband and I both sleep the night through, despite the dogs jumping on and off the bed. We wake up and repeat this wonderful day again.

What’s your perfect day look like?