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Buen Camino: Pilgrimage or Pub Crawl?

This doesn’t do the story justice but writing on the road is complicated. Internet isn’t always available or is slow and I write after a day of hard walking. Then, there is the beer. I’ve just finished day 14 on the Camino, am in an auberge in CastroJeriz called Orion. It rained hard with a cold wind all morning on the trail. I am still warming up. I lost the Germans again but we seem to reconnect somewhere.  

I’ve had trouble with a muscle spasm in my upper back – in trying to figure that out I went to a physical therapist in Burgos plus bought a new pack. I’ve about decided the issue is walking too fast, so I slowed down to my natural pace, hence losing Michael and Erwin (aka the Germans). My natural pace is slower than most so people pass me all day but we seem to arrive about the same time. The PT did massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, and gave me 4 exercises, all for €40. I did much better today or I’m used to the pain, one or the other.  Otherwise I’m holding up just fine. 

I turned 65 on Monday. There are people of all ages well higher – I met Mary Katherine, a 76 year old French woman, yesterday at the Hen Fountain At Hornillos yesterday on her umpteenth Camino. I also had a long conversation yesterday with Alessandro, Italian pastry chef, 28 years old. 

Erwin just sent a message in German via Facebook so I will see if I can locate the bar they are in. 


The Old Fort Story

If you love old frontier forts, our very own Fort Martin Scott is telling their story this weekend.  Friday is school day, with 800 kids expected, and Saturday is Celebrate Texas at Fort Martin Scott.  See my current story on here:

A picture is worth 1,000 words

My latest post on Texas Hill Country about the traffic problem at The Rock. This is not a new problem and the solutions aren’t easy. I was introduced to Troy Kneese, a local high school student with a drone, and he took these great photos for me last Saturday at 9:00 AM.  A picture is worth a thousand words, eh?

V-K What’s it all about?


I’ve been writing a lot lately – this piece is intended to shame you into going to the VK to see what its all about.  I’ll admit that I haven’t been inside in years.  The crowd inside while I visited were all tourists.  See what you are missing out on.

I wrote another E Rock story. When is enough, enough?

I was invited by Joe Houde to write a brief essay on Enchanted Rock for the Hill Country Visitor Magazine.   I always strive to write a different story from any you have read.  Give it a look, it is under 500 words and the first story in the magaine.

Did I succeed?

Secret Country Drives

I visited some of the most beautiful places in the Texas Hill Country on Monday, and we were the only people there.

I wrote an article on fashion. Yeah, me.

I never thought I would write a story about fashion, but this one jumped out at me.  Last Sunday I was walking around the Texas Wine Revolution event with a glass of 100% Texas Rose wine saying, “Do you mind if I take a picture of your boots?”  By the way, rose isn’t what it used to be, and it is wonderful.