I didn't take any photos of my living room preparations, or our "too heavily laden" packs, so I must jump the gun and show some of the first things we encountered on the trail. Lauren had a guide book with maps, but in actuality we followed the yellow arrows and the scallop shells that are pilgrim signs to alert us to the path as well as albergues and hostels.
EL CAMINO de SANTIAGO - PLANNING May 16th 2017 EL CAMINO de SANTIAGO
My living room was a morass of camping and hiking gear almost from the moment that my daughter, Lauren, agreed to go with me on this adventure; walking the French Way - 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago, Spain. I thought, with this early start, things would automatically divide themselves into equipment and clothing to carry in my back pa ... read more
Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Saint-Jean Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader am... ... read more
I am a very senior scuba diver and I am finishing up a five month scuba diving trip in SE Asia. I just finished my one hundredth dive since the start of the trip in April. I was certified in 1986 but didn't dive regularly until after my last child was born, when I was forty (I have seven). This is not my first trip to Asia; I dove in Palawan - Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, and have taken dive trips to Cozumel, Canada, Malta, Bonaire, Honduras and Bahama, and have done dives in the Black Sea - Bulgaria, and Epcot Center in Florida. I tell people we dive where ever there is a puddle.... full info