T-25 days and I have knee pain

First thing, I received my Pilgrim’s Passport in the mail! Also called the “Credential” it’s the piece of paper that I need to get stamped at every place I stay in order to prove I have walked the distance. Actually, I even need it to get in to each of the places I’m going to stay. It’s what proves I am a pilgrim. Most people pick theirs up where they start, but since I’m beginning in a small town in the middle of two typical staring points, I ordered mine from American Pilgrims on the Camino. On the …

Hawaii is Great

So we got back from Hawaii, I succumbed to a cold after doing an all-nighter with 3 planes, a van and a long car ride, slept the better part of 2 days, and then went to a Hawaiian themed dance party at a local joint last night! There was a great band and we had so much fun!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hawaii was really a great start to my trip for many reasons, one being that living with my Mother in a small, somewhat isolated cabin reminded me how used to living alone I have gotten. My Mom …

George Orwell and Food

So I’m reading a book called ‘Poor Economics’ by Banerjee and Duflo about how and why people in poverty make the decisions that they do. I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile and am so glad I now have the time because I think it’s fascinating. I’m in the first chapter which looks at food and nutrition in relation to the impacts it can make on lives and income. Anyway, there was a quoted passage from a book George Orwell (of Animal Farm fame) wrote about the typical working class life in England in …

Hana and Hula

After a few days of laying low, hiking, pulling weeks and afternoons at the beach, we’ve had a lot of excitement the last couple of days! On Thursday we drove the “road to Hana” which is the only way around the Haleakala volcano to the far western coast and a place called Hana. First of all the road is famous for its 400+ narrow switchbacks and 50+ one lane bridges. You can but t-shirts with slogan “I survived the road to Hana” but it isn’t really that bad. And the backside of the volcano is …

West Maui

Today we went to the west side of the island, to the older volcano that has eroded a lot more and is just spectacular. We went to iao needle, a famous formation, and the walking up the valley along the stream. Our friend says that the haleakala crater that we visited a few days ago, and the valley today are the two holiest places on the island, and you can feel the different energies. The Haleakala crater feels very airy, arid, and harsh while the valley is very lush and feels more full. The iao …