Pearl Harbor

Joseph and I made it to Honolulu on Friday (7/27) to begin our "Father/Son" trip to Hawai'i! We stayed at Waikiki beach. On my birthday (7/28) we toured Pearl Harbor. It was a very solemn experience. Having long studied the events leading up to, the day 12/7/41, and what followed... it was moving to see …

Notre Dame

We (Joseph, my parents and I) toured Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after Amy and Kendal left for the states. It is a magnificent facility! A space sacred by reputation and design. The impact of the French Revolution was dreadful for this church. For some years, the church was not under Catholic control and was …

Sharks!

Before arriving in Paris, I went scuba diving with Joseph and Kendal... and sharks at the aquarium in Barcelona. WOW! None of us (nor Victoria from England who randomly joined our group) had ever been scuba diving. After suiting up, we were given a quick lesson on how to use the gear. Then we swam …

Sagrada Familia

After connecting with family in Santiago de Compostela, we flew to Barcelona for a couple of days. We began our visit with a tour of Sagrada Familia. Construction began in the mid-1800s. The construction should be complete by 2026. It is difficult to capture the scale of this sacred space, which is a goal of …

Transition is Tough

I had been warned. The transition out of pilgrim life can be surprising and difficult. It is true. Our celebration lunch was a wonderful prelude to an amazing post-Camino party! Our Camino family of 40 some pilgrims booked out an entire restaurant. It was a bittersweet beautiful bash! My wonderful family met me in Santiago …