Tie the laces on your hiking shoes, head on over to Sedona, Arizona and grab Greg Stevenson’s trail guide. You are in for one of the world’s most spectacular trekking experiences.
Greg’s book describes 30 of the best trails in the area and Sue and I used it to find two eight-mile loops around red-rock wonders like the Courthouse, above. He includes the basics for a variety of paths and we found it the perfect companion for the Sedona Trails Map by Emmitt Barks Cartography. We discovered both in Greg’s Hike House outdoor store in Sedona.
I know how much work goes into writing a book and am grateful that Greg’s efforts will be our guide for several more adventures!
My wife Sue’s ink-and-watercolor paintings highlight each chapter of Camino Sunrise.
Why did I write an adventure memoir about the Camino de Santiago?
I wrote to touch readers’ hearts, tickle funny bones, and pique curiosity.
I wrote for people who have tried long-distance trekking and for those who are considering their first hiking adventure. I wrote for armchair adventurers as well.
I wrote for people who have struggled with self-doubt, childhood bullying, and poverty.
Many readers have shared their reactions to Camino Sunrise. Many wrote that my book resonated in several of the areas I mentioned above. They found a message of hope.
I would love to hear what you think.
Sue and I are honored to be featured on a podcast hosted by Australian radio producer Dan Mullins. Also a Camino veteran, he interviewed us from Sydney Saturday (Friday night our time). Check it out on My Camino–The Podcast. Dan, who is also a talented musician, has been doing the show for two years. Thank you, Dan!
Sue painted this Camino map for my book, Camino Sunrise, highlighting some of the eventful places from our walk across Spain. What places would you add?
How many places of worship grace the Camino de Santiago? I wonder if anyone has counted them. My wife Sue painted this one for my book.
When I put on my backpack in Pamplona on my first day walking the Camino de Santiago, I worried that it was too heavy for me to carry across Spain. I worried about undressing in front of strangers in coed dorms and bathrooms. I worried about trying to keep up with much younger trekkers. It turned out I had no idea I was carrying things far heavier.
About 25 people braved snowy conditions to attend my book talk at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon, last evening. They filled the loft area of our beloved downtown bookstore, where I shared adventure stories about my journey on the Camino de Santiago, read brief excerpts from Camino Sunrise, and related tales from my writing experience. I was nervous about my first book talk; the experience felt quite different from political science lectures and talks to my trekking classes. Thank you to Bloomsbury Books and to the hardy people who brought their enthusiasm for distance trekking and/or reading!