Camino Training Hikes

Camino Training Hike: Sunset on Diaz Ridge

February 8, 2015
woman on wet trail wearing backpack

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia

Believe it or not, despite my love of nature and hiking, I cannot always find the motivation to get out there. I owe tonight’s hike to the inspiration of my fellow hikers who have been posting pictures of their walks to the Facebook group, “Where Did You Walk Today?” Just seeing their photos, whether they have been walking through the urban jungle or on suburban sidewalks, in snowy forests or rocky deserts, inspires me to get off the couch and head to the trails.

Tonight I headed up to Diaz Ridge in the Marin Headlands for a hike at dusk, where I knew I would have a view of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean and the valleys and foothills of Mt. Tamalpais. I decided to take my loaded backpack, which I had packed over a week ago to take to an REI talk about the Camino de Santiago, and I have to tell you, it felt great to be walking west with my purple “home” snugly riding on my hips and shoulders.

I won’t bore you again with the details of how I miss being on the Camino nor with it’s continued “call“, lol, but I will say that I am definitely looking forward to returning to Iberia this June, for two months,

Regarding blogging, it is quickly becoming apparent that if I want to consistently post to my blog, I will need to come up with a system that easily allows me to do so from the trail. I am considering purchasing an iPad Mini and then really spending time learning how to use Evernote.

Happy Hiking!

Company: Self
Route: Miwok Trail from Panoramic Highway
Distance: ? miles (/ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: ? feet (? meters)
Time: 45 minutes
Weather: Cool, breezy, cloudy (between rain storms)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Notes: Osprey Sirrus backpack loaded with everything except electronics

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jen Hofmann February 8, 2015 at 22:57

    Wow, what beautiful photos and what a gorgeous gift to yourself to get out there (though I can completely relate to the initial resistance). So glad you’re loving your pack and shoes. With those two and your big heart, you’ll go far.

    This peregrina is cheering for you! Buen Camino!

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