Sabbatical Pilgrimage

On May 27, 2011, we will lock our front door and set off on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. We'll fly to Paris... Take a high speed train (TGV) to Bayonne, France... Change to a slower train that will take us to St. Jean Pied de Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- where our walk begins. On May 29, Sunday, we will set out on foot for our 500-mile walk across Northern Spain.

The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage trail. We join millions of pilgrims who have walked this path over the years.

Journey with us, as we post pictures and highlights of our adventure.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Journey Begins

The adventure begins today. How strange it was yesterday to finish up loose ends at work and shut down my computer for the last time in over 5 weeks. It was hard to get out the door, but once I left the building I was able to breathe new, fresh air into my lungs. We are blessed to have this opportunity.

The Going Away Party

Saint Anne's provided a wonderful, loving going away party for us on Saturday, May 21. The evening included a potluck dinner, a talent show, gift-giving and live music and dancing.  It was a very special evening. Worship services on Sunday were also special liturgies to bless us on our journey. Thank you to all who contributed to making those days special.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dry Run

On Saturday, May 14, Lydia and Mark made a practice run at Afton Alps. We walked for about 4 hours on hilly terrain in wet weather with packs fully loaded - about 25 pounds each.