Adventures of an empty nester mom

Sixty four, sweets, sunrises

In 64 more days, my Camino de Santiago begins. My training, prep, shopping expeditions will prove invaluable when I lace up my boots and step off onto the street.

Countdown shows: 64 more days

Last night I attended a presentation about gear for the Camino de Santiago at a local hiking store. I gleaned a few tips and tricks from the presenter:

1. carry only 10% of your body weight,

2. carry what YOU want,

3. choose shoes based on distance, the weight of the pack, and my/your specific feet,

4. wear a base layer + a mid-layer + an outer layer of clothes, and

5. check the trekking poles in a box on the flight over.

It seemed to be a push for purchases in the store, so I complied and bought a BUFF (scarf-like fabric w/ many uses) and a second pair of toe-sock liners. They did have cookies! (alas not Gluten Free 😔)

Camino themed cookies


I look forward to the conversations with other International pilgrims and my partners on this journey, as well as the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets we’ll experience along the way. Today’s sunrise in St. Charles, over the Missouri River, was a beautiful omen to the trek.

Sunrise over the Missouri River


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By AlohaDenise

I adore my family and friends, meeting new people, travel, food (Gluten-Free please), and belly-laughing. My mantra is HAVE FUN EVERY DAY. I've lived in five US states and two foreign countries. I am grateful, blessed and adventurous. I like to do NDBs (never done before.) I enjoy sharing my creative Empty Nester life.

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