What a day. Started with a 14 miles walk to the Mission San Fernando Rey De Espana. A nice well restored grounds with a museum. After our visit we enjoyed a few street tacos. We walked a total of 25 today. Tomorrow we are trying for 20 miles.
One week into this trek and my feet are improving due to new shoes. David pushed me to get a new pair. And they are great. Happy feet are a blessing.
David & Dave at Mission San Gabriel Archangel
We started our day with a 4 mile walk.
At the mission we were meet by Terri Huerta, Director of Development & communication. She spend easily an hour giving us a tour of the closed mission. The mission is closed due renovation. What a informative and in-depth history of the mission. Spotted a grape vine that was planted in 1779.
Walking on we went through South Pasadena. My youngest daughter was born there. My CA kid.
The houses in this area are unreal. One bridged a creek. One build a pool using the creek. One house looked like the house in Steve Martin’s movie Father of the Bride.
Even enjoyed a Tommy Burger. My fav
While walking someone drove by and yelled, “Buen Camino”.
It’s was a walk in LA. I’m finding it hard to write my day. It’s was nice in that I’m walking on a trip that is going to be very rewarding in the future. The current walk is just that and nothing more.
We started with a short walk and a meet up with my friend Tom Phelan. Haven’t seen him in way too long. It was good to see him. He’s walking a bunch. He looks great and he invited us down as soon as it’s safe to travel again.
It was a bit sad to walk through the Disney area without tourist. All the empty hotels, not one in the restaurants, and just sadness.
Found our first real dirt path. Think happy feet. Meet a lady & daughter on the trail. She walked the Camino Frances in 2002(3?). She expressed how much easier it must be with all our technology. Yes, it’s easier but we end up carrying way too much. Your base Yin & Yang.
Next couple we meet at a lake shared lots of interesting stories. He was a PCT angle sharing food hikers. Too cool. I hope our chat helped him commit to finding a walk that’s right for them.
Dinner was at Jerry (a Mission host). I need to finish this part tomorrow. Sleepy tonight.
It was a very long day. A 20 miler. We started our day in Dana Point. Breakfast at one of my favorite restaurant with way too much character.
We walked for the most part along PCH. Way to many pasta rockets & noise. Beach views are worth the walk.
A friend asked me to contrast the Camino francais and the California mission walk. the best answer is to say there is no comparison. The Camino Francis is a community of pilgrims walking to a cathedral with a complete and full infrastructure to support them. An example is the hostiles or cafes every 3 km, support services but lots of happy pilgrims.
This is California mission walk. We will walk to the 21 missions in California. It’s an over 800 mile walk and it will take David and I about 50 days to complete. We are the only walkers – no other happy pilgrims. Most look at us like a new type of home. Happy welcoming faces are hard to find. Not sure it covid related. We are walking through LA. I mean it’s LA. Not some small remote village in the country.
I’m not here seeking spiritual comfort. I just walking and enjoying the Missions as I can.
Hello, once again I’m heading on a pilgrimage. Thursday June 25th I fly to San Diego to walk the California Mission Walk. I’ll be covering over 700 miles visiting 21 mission. Most guide books call this pilgrimage to take 56 days. I’m think 50 is a better number.
I’ll be posting my itinerary here shortly. I’m still in the packing stage of this effort. Had to get a new tent (we’ll be camping as we can), pad, and few other minor items.
Oh, yes, this time I’m walking with a friend, David Lem. He and his wife have completed the Camino Frances. David last year walked around Lake Tahoe. Too cool. I’m trying to add that one to my list of trips one day.
Stay tuned. A plus is that I know a few folks alone the way. Hope they can walk a bit with him.