Isaiah's Travel and Family Blog

The Journey of the Blog

I started this blog in 2015 when I took an extended road trip across the USA with my faithful dog, El Guapo, who would eagerly go with me anywhere.  I continued to write about some of my other global travels, but the real journey is not so much the places you go, but the people who go with you.  I met my wife Kim on an international trip to Costa Rica that I organized that same year with the local Asheville organization LEAF.  We’ve since made other journeys together, including our honeymoon, in which we brought back a surprise souvenir.  Nine months later in 2018, our biggest journey started when our son Walker was born.  Lacking the big travels away from home that first inspired this blog, my travel writing went dormant; furthermore, El Guapo grew progressively ill and had to be put down.  He overlapped with Walker for 3 months.  My focus centered on the role of fatherhood rather than the road.  But the name “Walker” was chosen because of our shared experiencing of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and the pace at which we like to experience the world on foot.  And as Walker has gotten older and able to travel on his own feet, I have rediscovered in the absorbing eyes of a child, that the most adventurous trek can be a simple stroll around the neighborhood.  Fatherhood is my new frontier.  Thus I don’t have have to venture to some new or exotic place to have good stories to tell; this blog is newly dedicated to every-day adventures.   -Isaiah


Recent Posts

El Camino, Day 23: to Gonzar

Day 23: Sarria - Gonzar:  19 miles Sunday,  October 2, 2016:  Departed:  8:45am,  Arrived 4:45pm Kim read our guide book out loud last night, warning us about the stage ahead.  The warning was not one about the conditions of the Camino, but the condition of our...

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El Camino, Day 22: to Sarria

Day 22: O’Cebreiro - Sarria:  24.5 miles Saturday,  October 1, 2016:  Departed:  7:00am,  Arrived 5:00pm My morning started with discovering a fresh round of bedbug bites on my shoulder and forehead (I think the albergue pillow was the culprit).  Just when I felt like...

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El Camino, Day 21: into Galicia

Day 21: Villafranca del Bierzo – O’Cebreiro:  18 miles Friday,  September 30, 2016:  Departed:  7:30am,  Arrived 3:00pm We crossed the tall bridge over the Rio Burbia along with a steady stream of pilgrims in the pre-dawn darkness, all of our minds set on the long...

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El Camino, Day 20: to Villafranca

Day 20: Molinaseca – Villafranca del Bierzo:  19 miles Thursday,  September 29, 2016:  Departed:  7:30am,  Arrived 4:00pm   Today is perhaps the first day that we’ve followed the guide books recommended start and end towns.  This is the same guide book that nearly...

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El Camino, Day 19: to Molinaseca

Day 19: El Ganso - Molinaseca:  20 miles Wednesday,  September 28, 2016:  Departed:  7:30am,  Arrived 4:15pm Upon waking up, we had some tea and biscuits for more of a “snack” breakfast, so when we reached Foncebadón, we sat down for a more hearty breakfast, and I...

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El Camino, Day 18: to El Ganso

Day 18: Hospital del Orbigo – El Ganso:  19 miles Tuesday,  September 27, 2016:  Departed:  7:30am,  Arrived 4:00pm Even though we’re still in the recovery stages of our sickness, we felt rejuvenated at the start of this day by a bright sunrise and beginning the...

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