Hiking

Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

A beautiful day in May prompted a trip to Mystic Beach

A short drive out to the China Beach parking lot with Emily and the dogs on a busy May Long weekend and we were off to Mystic Beach. With a winding trail through the trees and over the roots for 2km its not the easiest hike. Multiple small stream crossings as well as a suspension bridge are part of the trail down to the beach. Continue reading →

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Skirt Mountain Sunrise

Skirt Mountain Sunrise

Next adventure on my Sunrise Series was to try to shoot from the top of a cliff on the side of Skirt Mountain, AKA Bear Mountain. Continue reading →

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 42

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 42

Camino del Norte

Day 42

Oct 14

Hola,
We decided to walk the whole 30km to Finisterre instead of breaking it into 2 short days. No rain along the way but a lot of wind. Hurricane Leslie is hitting Spain right now and we are certainly affected by the strong winds. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 40

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 40

Camino del Norte

Day 40

Oct 12

Hola folks,
Day 40 of our marathon and only a few more days of walking to go! Yippee!
It’s been a while since I last wrote anything – 
We are presently about half way to the Atlantic coast at Finisterre which is 90 km from Santiago. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 36

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 36

Camino del Norte

Day 36

Oct 8

Easy day today…20 km in the sunshine to the town of Pontevedra. We left Redondela around 7:00am and walked mostly on pavement..it was cold this morning until the sun gained some power…12C. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 35

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 35

Camino del Norte

Day 35

Oct 7

Hola,
Today we left Portugal at 6:00 (or 7:00 am Spanish time). We stayed the night in the Portuguese city of Valenca, toured the fortress there, bought a bbq chicken, bread and wine which we ate at the albergue. We walked across the bridge ( river Minho) and entered the Spanish city of Tui before sunrise. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 34

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 34

Camino del Norte

Day 34

Oct 6

Hola folks,
Tonight we are in the town of Valenca….right on the border with Spain. Tomorrow we will be walking in Spain again and the clock will move ahead 1 hour. 
Today we left the beach town of Vila Praia de Âncora before 6:00 am and walked along the seawall and Atlantic oceanfront in the dark for the first hour.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 31

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 31

Camino del Norte

Day 31

Oct 3

Hola,
It turns out that Portugal is one hour ahead of Spain so now sunrise is at 7:00 am or so. We got up in Porto at 5:00 am, had a yogurt and coffee/tea and were on the road through the city at 6:10 this morning. The streets are quiet at that time but the streetlights are shining and the walking is easy.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 30

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 30

Camino del Norte

Day 30

Oct 2

Hola,
Here we are in Porto, Portugal. We walked into Melide on our last day on the Primitivo. Melide is the town where the Primitivo and the Camino Frances join and the traffic increases dramatically. Since we walked this last 50 km last year we decided to catch the bus into Santiago.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 29

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 29

Camino del Norte

Day 29

Oct 1

Hola,
A most interesting day…yesterday. We left the big city of Lugo before sunrise as usual with a plan to walk 25 or 30 km to get close to the city of Melide. 
We had a few places to choose from, each with kitchen facilities advertised so we figured we would just buy some supplies along the way and prepare our own dinner. Donna was carrying 2 jars of Pesto, we had half a stick of bread and a little wedge of cheese and thought to buy some pasta etc.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 28

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 28

Camino del Norte

Day 28

Sept 30

Hola,
Today it was about the rocks.. I marvel at the sheer volume of rock construction we see as we walk. Miles and miles of stone fences…some built by the Romans before Christ. Rock walls, houses and churches. Slate roofs and huge blocks of stone piled perfectly to create wonderful architecture. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 26

Camino del Norte

Day 26/27

Sept 28,29

Hola,
Yesterday was a great day…we were in a wonderful new and still-under-construction albergue where we sat on the sundeck and enjoyed drinks and snacks with our friend Gregory from Budapest and Manuela from Argentina. We did our washing earlier and everything dried in the sunshine.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 24

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 24

Camino del Norte

Day 24/25

Sept 26,27

Lots of photos…
A couple of big days…. Yesterday we left the albergue in Berducedo…a nice enough place but something was missing…it had no soul… nowhere for people to congregate so it just felt impersonal. We had the pilgrim dinner there for 10€ and it again was much more than we could eat…plus the usual bottle of red. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 23

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 23

Camino del Norte

Day 23

Sept 25

We left this morning at 7:40… we are walking alone as our Dutch violin player and our Danish guy have decided to camp out on the mountain tonight. We see a romance blooming with those two as we have walked together since Irun…3 weeks ago and they have become very close. 
 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 22

Camino del Norte

Day 22

Sept 24

Last night we stayed in a tiny place called Campiello close to the town of Timeo. We walked 25km…..almost the whole day in the rain!
The previous night was a great experience in the little albergue in Bodenaya. We had a dinner with 16 others…the hospitalero asked everyone to give their name, home country and reason for walking. We had a young man from Moscow, a girl from Poland, a man from Budapest, a German, a girl from Mexico City, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and of course many Spaniards…everyone with a story… most looking for a change in their lives.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 21

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 21

Camino del Norte

Day 21

Sept 23

Hola,
Tonight we are in a wonderful Albergue in the tiny village of Bodenaya…near the equally lovely town of Salas. 
A short day today..19 km. Last night we stayed in the Monastery in a town whose name escapes me just now. We walked a short 20 something km from the big city of Oviedo to the old Monastery. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 19

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 19

Camino del Norte

Day 19

Sept 21

Hola all,
More of the same…our group is shrinking as we break off onto separate paths. Some stayed with the Camino Norte, some have used up their holiday time and must return to whatever is their real life. A few of us have turned away from the coast to follow the Camino Primitivo route to Santiago. There were sad farewells but also the prospect of new faces on the same path as we walk toward the mountains. 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 18

Camino del Norte

Day 18

Sept 20

Hola,
A quick note to you this morning. We are just leaving Siera and will walk the short distance to Oviedo today. There we plan to stay 2 nights before heading into the Primitivo. All is well here…we continue to walk some long days….today is only 18 km which suits me fine as my feet are still complaining. It’s hard to get going in the morning but within a half hour I am ok to keep up with our group. It’s a nice package…we are 6 or 8 persons and Donna is in charge.

 

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 16

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 16

Camino del Norte

Day 16

Sept 18

Hola folks,
Not so much new to report. Today we walked over 30 km with our core group of 6…..Donna reserved ahead for 8 beds here in Villaviciosa…6 for our group plus 2 extra for the others who seem to connect most nights. 
We have our two Dutch girls, one Danish guy plus a Korean gentleman from Seattle. Today we also walked with a German fellow who joined us yesterday.

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Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 14

Camino del Norte 2018 – Day 14

Camino del Norte

Day 14

Sept 16

Cloudy day today….nice for walking. Yesterday was more sunny so I sweat more….it’s better when it’s cloudy. A bit cool in the evening as we sit outdoors at our albergue. Today was another long day since the sleeping places are not so numerous. We walked almost 30km today.
 

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