Carlsbad State Beach to Del Mar

One of the things that has made the finish line seem more ‘real’ is the simple act of putting my walking clothes into the laundry bag at the end of each day, with the knowledge that I won’t be wearing them again on this journey. Spotlights This Week: Always: Hope Chapel Missions Charity Spotlight: Desire Street Ministries…

Oceanside to Carlsbad State Beach

I gained a couple of new Sole Sisters today – Cathy from our church, and her sister Carol (whose family is my final host home for this trek). Spotlights This Week: Always: Hope Chapel Missions Charity Spotlight: Desire Street Ministries Church Spotlight:Gold Beach Foursquare Church – Gold Beach, OR They were ‘christened’ by a cloudy, damp day…

Potpourri (14)

This is the last non-walking weekend before the end of my trek, so it will most likely also be the final Potpourri post! I’ve used these ‘off’ weekends to share some of the more unusual photos I’ve taken along the way – oddities that go a little beyond the beautiful scenery. Sometimes serious, sometimes more…

Camp Pendleton to Oceanside

My host family (our daughter-in-law’s parents) drove me for the second day in a row – today going to the north gate of Camp Pendleton USMC Base. My I.D. and papers were in order, but in this day and age of heightened security you never know. My hope was to be able to walk bike-less,…

San Clemente to Camp Pendleton

Today’s route was entirely on side roads that paralleled I-5. At the end of mile 1 I transitioned onto a bike path leading to the Trestles – a busy, well-known surfing area. And yes, it really was busy. The path was filled with surfers – walking, biking and skateboarding out to the beach trail. Spotlights…

Dana Point to San Clemente

Perfect weather, perfect scenery, perfect company… I walked today with Monica – our daughter-in-law’s brother’s wife’s mom. If that sounds confusing, we just call them our ‘extended’ in-laws.  We’ve seen each other often at family gatherings over the years, but we’d never had one-on-one time together and it was a joy! Spotlights This Week: Always: Hope…

Corona Del Mar to Dana Point

Yesterday I hopped on the bus in Dana Point under a drizzling rain, but it was all over by the time I reached Corona Del Mar to start the walk. A friend in Dana Point said it drizzled off and on all day, and I could often see it on the horizon – but not…