We had a long stroll today, I have a new neighborhood mountain to climb, straight up Farm Hill Road. Tried it for the second time today, hoping to recreate the elevation changes of the other Camino Santiago. At this point, I am so delighted with my Emerald Hills version, I wish I had thought of it sooner!
I have a dear friend, Edie, who walked a California trek, the Camino Real, going from mission to mission, her first trek began in San Diego, and ended in Sonoma, I was able to walk one day with her as she passed through my county. There was a magic to our day together, she had been on the road for weeks, and was able to communicate the joy she found seeing this state from one end to another She hiked to celebrate her recovery from years of treatment for a particularly nasty form of cancer. And walking with her was just that, a celebration of strength. life, history, her story. She is well and strong to this day, and even walked through Mexico on a Camino Real, seeking missions there, and facing many different challenges along the way, and has written a book about her experience "The Mission Walker". Spoiler alert, she befriends, rides, leads, a donkey or two!
I have not found a donkey to ride on my adventure, so clearly I have more adventures ahead. August is just not going to let me pin a tail on him, so that possibility of easy access to one of the cutest critters around is off the table. I do know of a matched set of miniature donkeys, Willie and Wonka, who reside along one of my favorite trails, perhaps I will stop in on them, to add a certain gravitas to my voyage. And a great photo to add to this story.