Five Leadership Lessons I Learned Walking the Camino de Santiago

My wife and I walked the Camino de Santiago five years ago. In late August of 2016, we walked 500 miles in 30 days across Spain. While walking, I had hours daily to think about a myriad of subjects. I … Continue reading

The Worst Day of My Life Was the First Day of the Camino de Santiago

There are seven predominant Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) routes in Spain. We chose the Camino Frances – starting in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France, during the last week of August 2016. My wife was giving thanksgiving for … Continue reading

How Do You Accomplish the Most Audacious Thing on Your Bucket List?

Some people have a bucket list – things they want to do, to accomplish before they die. Years ago, it was more closely associated with impending death – months away! Today, it is less morbid and encompasses the less challenging … Continue reading

On a Personal Note, It Started on a Wednesday 53 Years Ago

Wednesday evening, July 3rd, 1968, Marilyn Ann Huggins and I were married in Violet, Texas. Tomorrow it will be 635 weeks, 19,357 days, over 460,000 hours, 27.87 million minutes, or 1.67 billion seconds since we became man and wife. We … Continue reading

Walking The Camino de Santiago – The Inspiration and Planning

Five years ago, this week, my wife and I began walking in preparation to walk the Camino de Santiago. Most people consider the Camino de Santiago a pilgrimage. It was a part pilgrimage of sorts, but more of a journey … Continue reading

What Guides You to Your Destination?

On the Camino de Santiago there are yellow arrows/markers pointing out the correct path to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is relatively easy to stay on course. However, there are locations that the signs are easily overlooked; or, in some cases, not … Continue reading

Finally Became a Pilgrim

One Day 1, Marilyn and I never saw another pilgrim (hiker on the Camino de Santiago). We had chosen the lower route into Roncesvalles on Day 1.  The search for two missing United Kingdom hikers the month before on the … Continue reading

Would I Do It Again?

When I returned I expected lots of questions about the Camino de Santiago. People want to know why we did it, how hard it was, etc. One question that comes up more frequently that I expected was – Would you … Continue reading

It Started Out Well, But (Part 3)

We had been walking in the forest for the last several hours.  Every step was agonizing.  Our feet hurt, especially our ankles. I left Marilyn at a rest area along the highway and started walking to Roncesvalles.  After a hundred … Continue reading

It All Started Out Well, But (Part 2)

Just when we thought the Camino Frances was pretty easy, reality hit – hard! I didn’t know our progress at that point in time, but we seemed to be making about four kilometers an hour until we hit the mountain … Continue reading