2018 - Walking the Camino de Santiago...leaving our troubles behind!

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new". Mike and I are finally on our journey of what we hope to be our NEW and RENEWED life. And the best way to get past the old, which was life as we knew it before the Thomas Fire eight months ago, is to push our bodies and our limits onward and forward. We are very excited to start this new life by walking the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied-de-Port France, up over the Pyrenees and across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. We will then continue on foot to ‘The End of the Earth’ which is the towns of Finisterre and Muxia located on the Western Coast of Spain where we can dip our tired feet into the Atlantic and say “Oh yeah...We did it, WE REALLY DID IT!!”. We are planning about 580 miles (almost 1000km). And along the way, we will each leave a piece of our past - the ashes and a front door key from our Ventura home signifying that we have truly left our troubles behind! The past eight months have been interesting with a combination of good times and not so good times. Life has been much different than we could have ever imagined. But Mike and I have made the most of teeny tiny house living in our 27’ Airstream ‘Greta the Globetrotter’. We’ve learned that it’s okay to be ‘homeless’ as we really do have a roof over our head, just not a conventional house. We enjoy and have fun saying we are ‘Trailer Trash’, all in jest of course. Mike and I embrace the "living SMALL so we can dream and play BIG"! Living in an Airstream has also allowed us to easily plan for this next seven months abroad. It’s real simple to leave home when all you have up do is put your travel trailer in storage as the trailer also has all of our belongings inside! The hardest part was preparing to leave our horses Sam & Tessie. We have a wonderful friend and the Aliso Ranch Stable ranch hands watching over them so I’m not worried about them, I’m just already missing them...a lot! But life is short and the world is calling. Mike and I worked very hard to get our Spanish Residence Visas over the past few months (my previous blog dated 6/1/2018 explains the process) so we are taking full advantage of what this Residence Visa will allow us to do. Though the visas are valid for this first term for one year (then renewable for two years and so on) we will spend seven months on our first visit to Spain and surrounding countries so we can get back to California by Spring 2019 for time with and on the horses (oh and to see our human kids too!). We will go back to Spain in August 2019 to renew the visas and to continue our travels at that time to other countries and parts unknown. Basically do-rinse-repeat! Mike and I invite you to follow along on our Camino trek and the time abroad. WiFi will be spotty and a daily tired body and overloaded brain will make the postings few and far between but when I can, I will update you on our adventures. We really have no plans for the Camino and then beyond. Since we have all the time we may need, it’s nice to be able to just wake up, start our day by putting one foot in front of the other and repeat...over and over again. I know many great memories will be made as Mike and I go about our walk. As always, I love living life with my best friend and I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to experience this journey with Mike by my side. So here we go again... Hartmans Go, See & Do the Camino de Santiago...and beyond!
Planned Dates
2018-08-14 to 2018-09-29

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