Saturday, February 28, 2015
I hate to start with the cliche, “How can February be over already?”, but it’s what’s on my mind. Yes, it’s a short month, but still time is flying by, and this year, we actually have winter interspersed with a few days of January and February summer. Bouncing between 0 and 70 degrees takes its toll on our body temperature adjustments, and though I love all four seasons, I prefer to experience them throughout the year, rather than throughout one week in February.
I’ve been corresponding with some people on the American Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago Facebook page, and I see that some of these pilgrims are walking the Camino now, rather than during the warmer months of the year. Courage . . . but I am only beginning to plan for more outdoor training, walking short and then longer and longer stints on the Cathy Fromme Trail near my house, and perhaps a practice walk to Loveland every week or so.
I hope I’m not too cavalier this time around . . . I have no worries about what I will take with me. Everything I took last time is in a small space in my bedroom closet, and I go through in my mind those items I won’t be packing this year. Sleeping bag, headlamp, perhaps even my old boots, if my newer trail runners work out the way I hope they will. I have to shave off about eight pounds from the stack of belongings I will put in my Gregory Sage pack. I’m trying to weigh (no pun intended) the merits of taking my MacAir again this year, vs. buying an iPad with a keyboard and case. At first I thought the latter would be best, but after investigating a bit, and weighing (actually weighing) the items, I might be just as well off with the MacAir, which I already have, rather than the iPad and all its adaptations for my needs.
But I am confident I will make the right choices, take my time at the beginning of this planned path, the Camino del Norte, rather than the Camino Frances, and that I can accomplish my goal again . . . finishing the walk in one piece . . . no broken limbs. In the meantime I’m re-writing my Camino material, preparing for various publications in the future, and I will definitely let you know when you can look for something new from me.
I already appreciate all of you who follow this website, and know that as I begin the actual walk, you will have my back. That means a great deal to me.
March is upon us, and I will use the title of this next month to give my feet some orders . . . prepare for the long haul, consistently, carefully, joyously.