Has your backpack ever become your pillow? In the Tuscan countryside, while walking the Way of St. Francis, a tough hill and warm sun put me on my back for a restorative nap. My 260-mile trek to the Vatican will be one of four European distance walks featured in my second book, coming soon.
Looking for inspiration for your book, short story, poem?
Or maybe just a place to let go?
West of Coos Bay, Oregon, park in the day-use lot at Sunset Bay State Park. Take the trail toward Cape Arago, along the clifftops, about four miles with a few modest dips and climbs. You will hear the sea lions before you see them. Keep an eye out for the lighthouse.
I hope you remembered lunch to enjoy on an ocean-view bench at Cape Arago.
On the way back, treat yourself to a easy detour through the gardens at Shore Acres. Don’t miss the rose garden. Not a bad place to eat the candy bar you saved from lunch.
This is about as good as it gets in Oregon. Or anywhere.
Our fall 2019 trek on England’s South West Coast Path left us wanting more. While we (and our backpacks) await our chance to find our next adventure, Sue walks the hills around our home in Ashland, Oregon, and I bicycle on nearby quiet roads and bike paths.
Then I work on my second book, to be published (I hope) by the end of 2020. Here is a sneak preview (working title is Trippin’ Through My Sixties):
A guy (that’s me) retiring at age 60 revives the rebellious rumblings of his teen years in the 1960s. He and his wife set out to make their post-working years an adventure by moving out of state, making new friends, and walking the long-distance trails of Europe. There are four parts: Scotland’s West Highland Way, the Alps’ Tour du Mont Blanc, Italy’s Way of St. Francis, and England’s South West Coast Path. Each trek challenged us with more adventure than we thought possible.
My first book, Camino Sunrise, an adventure memoir about our first trek, continues to find new readers in several countries. I am so grateful for its success and for the many readers who send emails or write reviews.
Send along a note (See Contact in the Menu) if you want to be among the first to know when the new book is out. Meanwhile, my best wishes for your good health.