dear friends, j and b, walk in michigan
getting ready for the big walk.
they leave tomorrow –
i wish them both the best of luck on their journey
and look forward to their tales from along the way
knowing they will return somehow changed forever.
the portuguese way/caminho português
The Portuguese Way (Spanish: Camino Portugués, Portuguese: Caminho Português) is the name of the Way of St. James pilgrimage routes starting in Portugal. It begins at Porto or Lisbon. From Porto, pilgrims travel north before entering Spain and passing through Padron on the way to Santiago de Compostela.
The Portuguese way is 227 km long starting in Porto. The way from Porto was historically used by the local populations and by those who arrived in the local ports.
In the contemporary period, most pilgrims are foreigners, and of the total number reaching Galicia between January and October 2017, only 4.27% were Portuguese. Roughly 30,000 pilgrims per year walk this path.
Arrival of queen Elizabeth of Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, after finishing the Portuguese Way around 1325, after the death of her husband, Denis of Portugal.
“a path is a prior interpretation
of the best way to traverse a landscape.”
-rebecca solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
walking by the river
peace does not mean to be in a place
with no chaos, trouble, or hard realities to deal with.
peace means to be in the midst of all those things
and still remain mentally, emotionally, and physically centered.
huron river, ann arbor, michigan, usa – may 2018
here’s to the ones who
march, walk, talk, stand up, and take action
on behalf of what they believe in
today and every day
even when it’s inconvenient .
“a cause may be inconvenient, but it’s magnificent.
it’s like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.”
image credit: google images
what an incredible way to say goodbye to a year
walking across a frozen lake with special friends
while wrapped up for sub-zero temps
with twinkling snowflakes swirling down in silence
under the watchful eye of a beautiful moon
and waking up to see it all in a new light in the morning
as we welcome in the new year
“i always loved the idea that a photograph was a memory frozen in time.”
‘now autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods
and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.’
tonight will be my visit to the last ann arbor park
one day before my goal of halloween
it will be bittersweet to end this adventure
watch for my story this weekend.
“the best way to resolve any problem in the human world
is for all sides to sit down and talk.”
miller nature area, ann arbor, mi, usa
(110 parks down – 50ish to go)
i have at last found the perfect way
to measure my walks through the parks.
reindeer know what’s up.