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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Update-The Journey of a Thousand Miles

For those who haven't been following my blog...I'm training to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain...probably in 2016. The Camino de Santiago is a 400 mile pilgrimage from the French Pyranees to Santiago, Spain; following the footsteps of Saint James. I need to lose weight and get myself fit. To achieve this, I'm walking everywhere I can, as often as I can. Last weekend we went camping and of course, we hiked. Here are some photos from the trip.
We were above the rainbow on the North Cascade Highway above Diablo Dam. This is Diablo Lake, and yes, it really is that color! Look closely above the power lines to see a faint bit of the rainbow.

Forest primeval. We hiked outside of the town of Newhalem through this old forest. The trees remind me of the Ents in "Lord of the Rings." I wonder what they'd say if they could speak.

Hubby and Koda-having a little discussion on the suspension bridge in Newhalem.

 Kelly:  "Koda, you need to heel. You can't just try to pull me over this bridge." 
 Koda: "Sorry Dad,  I was just sooo excited. Did you see the squirrel on the other side?"

Since the end of summer and the beginning of the school year I have not been very punctual about my promised Sunday progress reports. This is partly because I pulled a hip muscle and had to lay off for a time, and partly because of my work schedule. Well, I'm happy to say that I am back on track! Here's how it looked last week.

Weight gain/loss: I've lost 4 pounds from my original weigh-in! Hooray! 31pounds to go!

Distance: Haven't measured my walking distance this week, but I've walked a ton. I'll start using the pedometer again this week. The great thing is, now I always consider walking before driving. If it's a trip to the library or downtown, I try to walk. And I'm absolutely addicted to our walks in the woods with Koda. I don't know who misses it more when we don't go; Koda or me!

Strategies: I am planning a breakfast-to-lunch walk in Bellingham. Probably next weekend. I'll start in Fairhaven and have a light breakfast. Then I'll walk to the north end of Bellingham for 4 hours, and have lunch somewhere at the end of the route. This is typical of people who walk the Camino de Santiago. They stay in hostels, rising at about 6 a.m. They have breakfast, then walk to the next small village and eat lunch. After this they walk again for several more hours to another village and have dinner at local inns. So I'm going to work on walking 4 hours chunks.

I'm also planning to start having Kelly drop me off in different locations when we are running errands. He can drive on to the destination, do the errand, then backtrack and pick me up on the way.

I've been doing some reading about the Camino de Santiago, and am becoming very excited about it...even though it'll be a few years before I walk it. The idea of spending nearly a month with only the thoughts of walking, eating, sleeping, and prayer is so intriguing!



jojo said...

I love your plan to get fit and I am so excited to hear why. What an amazing trip that will be. I get giddy just thinking about the history of it all.

I have had my picture taken on that same bridge in Newhalem! Beautiful place, love the trip up to Diablo too. Looks like you had some good weather for camping.

have a great week!

Anneliese said...

Good on you! It helps when you can walk where you can take in all that beauty too.

Linda O'Connell said...

What a wonderful goal and you are having such fun doing all of this walking. You have inspired me to get moving.

Amish Stories said...

Well done Deb and as always i really love your pictures. The water is so blue/green and id love to take a dip into it. And thank you very much for visiting and posting your well thought comments on my blog Debora which i enjoy reading!. Richard from Amish Stories.


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