Category Archives: hiking in spain

Teenagers take our beds!

O Biduedo to Sarria

The day started with confidence as we assured ourselves that we we will have no problem obtaining beds at the the Monastery of San Xulián de Samo, an active Benedictine monastery in Samos, Galicia, Spain. Upon striking up a conversation with a teenage pilgrim, we discover that the group of 100 or so teenagers passing by are taking ALL of the beds in Samos and more. Plan B is immediately put into action and we start hiking to Sarria. The plus side of Plan B is having son-in-law Tony join us in Sarria today rather than meeting up with him tomorrow.

“Life is 10% of what you experience and 90% of how you respond to it.”  Dorothy M. Neddermeyer 

2022 Camino Day 5: How Tough Can it Be? Up and over the mountain…

Fourth video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Day 5 Camino de Santiago

2022 Camino Day 3 & 4: Double the Prize.

2022 Camino Frances days 3 & 4

2022 Camino Frances Day 2: Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Second video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Day two we meet the friendliest Texan in El Acebo…

2022 Camino Frances Travel & Day One: Getting there is half the battle.

First video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Travels with Randy & Joyce: Travel days plus hiking day #1

Camino Finisterre: The End of the World

Here is the link to my YouTube playlist which consists of three videos culminating our Camino experience as we tackled the Camino Finisterre. Buen Camino!

This was my first experience editing with Final Cut Pro and I see many YouTube tutorials in my future. Experience with Imovie was helpful but I have a long ways to go to be considered proficient in Final Cut Pro. Audio voice-overs were recorded with a H1N1 recorder.

The tiny, lightweight DJI Pocket 2 is a great travel camera. I brought along the ND filters but didn’t use them as I stuck to auto settings since the lens wouldn’t go in the case when I shut the camera off with a filter on. The filters were also too fiddly when switching back and forth for quick shots and I was afraid of losing or damaging them. Oh well, another time.

Much to my dismay, the filters seem to have been lost in transit so I guess there won’t be another time. Oh, well… things happen.

Hope Around the Globe

This young Korean man was photographed walking the Camino de Santiago for world peace.

This will forever be one of my favorite images as I continue to have hope for future generations.

Walking for Fun

Whatever life may send your way – make the best of it. Don’t waste your time and energy worrying about it. Instead, find a way to do something about it. ~Les Brown

Here I am at St. Jean Pied de Port, near the border of France and Spain, ready to hike the Camino Frances across northern Spain! Too bad Spain is going into another lock down and won’t let me in with my USA passport. Darn Covid! Disappointing, to say the least, but all is not lost. I can virtually walk the Camino Frances thanks to the website walking4fun.com. Sign up, log your steps and trace your progress on one of 26 trails spanning 12,488 miles! Explore your trek through maps, photos and videos. Before you know it, you’ll have walked hundreds of miles and still be itching to get in a few more to see that view around the next bend in the trail! Signing up is easy and free!

Here is my route and current location. Looks like I’d better hop on the treadmill or get outside if I ever want to complete the trail!

I wonder if virtual blisters are a thing?

Take a Hike

Hiking through a tunnel along the Camino de Santiago. Image by Joyce Meyer. Edited in Topaz.

Winter arrived way too early in Minnesota this year and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. I guess I’ll just have to rely on one of the many lessons learned while hiking… embrace the suck.

Got a Minute?

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time Stephen Wright

Joan, Randy & Joyce ~ Porto, Portugal to Santiago, Spain