I am walking….

I have been packing my pack and weeding out what I need and what I don’t. It feels like I have weighed my pack 100 times, pulled everything out and sorted it again, and then reweighed it a 100 more times. I take out a shirt. I add a pair of pants. I check the weather for the month of April. Will I need my fleece or my down coat? Do I have room for warm fuzzy socks? Take the socks, ditch the extra shirt!  

When you are going to tote this pack for over 500 miles you want to make every item you carry count.

I head to Portugal in a few days to walk the Portuguese Camino which starts in Lisbon and meanders its way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain along the center of the country.

I have to admit that I am a bit nervous. It seems daunting to trust that you will find hostels (albergues) where you need them, to trust that you will find the trail makers to keep you on the path, and to just carry what you need on your back. But, I also know that once you start, somehow it unfolds just as it should. Almost two years ago, I walked the French Camino and was no less nervous.

These Camino routes have been walked for centuries and as you start on that path, you somehow can feel that the path you take will lead you to where you want to go: that this path will unfold just as it should.

 I have to trust. I have to breathe.  

 Pilgrims have come to walk these paths for many reasons. To find answers to questions, to find spirit, to let go of grief and pain and so many more reasons, just as varied as each pilgrim that places a foot on the path.

I’ve pondered many reasons why I feel drawn to walk this path as a pilgrim, but haven’t exactly sorted it all out yet for this pilgrimage. But I trust that the real reason will reveal itself just as the path will unfold in its own way. The way will find me of that, I am sure.

Listen. Be. Reflect.

I have listed a few books about the many reasons to walk- health, connection, to find spirit- so that you too might ponder ways that walking has enriched your existence on this earth.

If you would like to follow my journey, you can find me at: https://www.facebook.com/janpr57

Buen Camino

Book List For Children and Tweens

We Walk Through the Forest

by Lisa Ferland and Yana Popova | Aug 24, 2020

I Walk with Vanessa: A Picture Book Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

by Kerascoët  | Apr 24, 2018

A Walk Through the Woods

by Louise Greig and Helen Musselwhite | Mar 20, 2018

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?

by Editors of Storey Publishing | Nov 27, 2018

Pond Walk

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace  | Jan 21, 2014

A Walk in the Woods (Dover Nature Coloring Book)

Part of: Dover Coloring Book (70 books)  | by Dot Barlowe | Jan 27, 2003

I Took the Moon for a Walk

by Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay | Sep 1, 2008

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Linda Sue Park  | Nov 15, 2010

For Adults:

52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, One Week at a Time

by Annabel Streets  | Feb 22, 2022

WALK: Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles per Hour

by Jonathon Stalls  | Aug 16, 2022

Walking with Glenn Berkenkamp: 35 Wellness Walks to Expand Awareness, Increase Vitality, and Reduce Stress

by Glenn Berkenkamp  | Aug 18, 2020

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