It’s Not Camino Weather Yet

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.

About Woodswoman

Writer, educator, psychotherapist, woodswoman. Crave solitude and just walked the Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Long-term partner, Neil. Three grown kids, one traveling the world for a couple of years (see, and two in other countries . . . Thailand and Texas! One Golden Retrievers and two cats. Avid reader, looking for 10 more hours in each of my days.
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15 Responses to It’s Not Camino Weather Yet

  1. islisa says:

    So excited for you to continue the journey…..Very inspiring!!

  2. Mary says:

    Great post, Joannah. Love that you are planning to do the Camino again, and know you’ll make it–all bones intact. How exciting! Way to go!

  3. annieh61 says:

    Following you (again) with interest. Love your style.

  4. Go you! Saludos from San Miguel de Allende and with much affection, admiration and good wishes.


    From: Woodswoman Walking Reply-To: Woodswoman Walking Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:52 PM To: Patricia Harris Subject: [New post] It¹s Not Camino Weather Yet

    > > Woodswoman posted: “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 ” >

  5. kadamslpc says:

    Virtually walking with you again, Joannah! Buen Camino, and … a casual walk to Loveland once a week or so?!? That puts a day on the Camino trail in perspective for me.

    • Woodswoman says:

      I’ll need that perspective as well, Kay, so I can be prepared to get back on the “horse”. Actually, from my house to Loveland might be too short a day for what will be typical on the Camino, but I will start there . . .

  6. Denny says:

    El Camino del Norte.
    I will read that with interest as that is the route that intrigued me after biking along the Camino Frances trail last year.
    Buen Camino!

  7. Viviana says:

    Very good! Molto brava!

    • Woodswoman says:

      Thanks, Viviana! I am thinking about coming to Tuscany when I’m finished walking this time . . . just for a few days . . . my second home! More later, but that visit is just a wish at this point. However, as you know, wishes DO come true! Let’s see if I can say another way: Vorrei venire a Toscano doppo Il Camino! Is that close?

  8. Kathryn Duncan says:

    I love that you so honestly and willingly share your experiences leading up to this and during. I’ll follow with love and deep interest!

  9. Woodswoman says:

    Thank you, Kate! You mean a lot to me . . . always have1

  10. Julia Ambrose says:

    Will certainly enjoy following your trek on the Camino del Norte! Hooray for you! Buen camino!

  11. Deborah says:

    We walked from Sarria to Santiago at the end of January. The weather wasn’t great – rain and pelting snow – but the solitude on the Camino was wonderful.

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