Tag: Travel

Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

The STAR WARS movies captured my interests from the very first time I watched the first movie in 1978. As a young child, I was immediately drawn into these wonderful futuristic, yet believable worlds. The space scenes, the desert landscapes of Tatooine, and the jungles of Yavin 4 all seemed like places I could imagine myself visiting someday. Here we are 42 years later, … Read More Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

I unzipped the opening of our tent and let the morning sun flood inside. We both peered outside and marveled at the mountain peaks guarding us like giant rock sentinels. Our previous day’s efforts, of riding the challenging 5.3 miles (8.5 kms) military road, had paid off with one of the best wild campsites we’ve ever experienced in Europe! We were feeling quite accomplished … Read More Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 6 of 6

Our last day of the Camino! Up to this point, we’d hiked 104.1 (64.7 miles) so we were eagerly looking forward to completing out pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Today we had just 12.9 km (8 miles) to reach the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. An easy day! We woke up well before sunrise, so we would have enough time to finish the … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 6 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 5 of 6

Day 5 of our Camino and we’re still in good spirits! The reality of the Portuguese Camino is that it’s really not that difficult for most people who are comfortable walking distances of 10-15 km (6.2-9.3 miles) per day. The terrain is relatively flat, the distance between restaurants and hostels is relatively short, and many older folks have made the pilgrimage. Taking days off, … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 5 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 4 of 6

We were looking forward to a day of rest! Three days ago we had started our Camino from the border of Portugal and hiked 52.7 km (32.8 miles) to the city of Pontevedra. Since it was a Sunday, we took the day off to enjoy the sabbath, discover a few churches, and explore a little bit of Pontevedra. Capela da Peregrina (Chapel of the … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 4 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 3 of 6

Our Portuguese Camino continues from O Mesón to Pontevedra! After the previous long day of 24 km (14.9 miles) of hiking, we were looking forward to a much lighter day of just 11.7 (7.3 miles). This ended up being one of our favorite hiking days because of the perfect weather and scenery of gorgeous vineyards, forested hiking areas, and quaint Spanish towns. Since we … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 3 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 2 of 6

Day 2 of our Camino from O Porriño to O Mesón! Since today was going to be a long day of 24 km (14.9 miles) of hiking, we decided to get an early start on our day. We were up at 6:15, ate breakfast, packed, and were hiking through the darkness of O Porriño by 7 AM. We expected the temperatures to be quite … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 2 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 1 of 6

All throughout my life I’ve been inspired by movies. When Top Gun came out in 1986 I was a young and impressionable teenager who wanted to join the US Navy and take to the skies in an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. Little did I know that one must have excellent grades in high school and college just to be selected to be a student … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 1 of 6

Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

Our travels along the west coast of Portugal continue as we ride our motorcycles from Porto to Braga. The late July weather in this region of Portugal has been much more agreeable than the hot temperatures of southern Spain we were experiencing just a few week ago. As we neared the beach at São Paio, we were impressed at how much of the roads … Read More Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

If you’ve been following our travels throughout Europe, you’ll soon discover that we are fans of street art and murals. Whenever we visit a large city we will typically reserve one day to walk around and discover the unique artist. One particular artist that has stood out to us is environmental artist Artur Bordalo, who goes by Bordalo II (pronounced Bordalo Segundo). Bordalo II … Read More Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

When Chantil and I discussed full-time travel, one of the most important things to us was ensuring we continued to honor the “sabbath” by attending church services and spending the day focused on relaxing and more spiritual thoughts. As Christians, our sabbath is typically on Sunday in the western world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic it has been very difficult to attend church services. Our … Read More Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

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Summary of 2020

What a YEAR! Never in our wildest imaginations did we expect a year like 2020! It definitely had its ups and downs… This is a short summary of our year of full-time motorcycle traveling starting in Idaho, United States and ending in Budva, Montenegro. January It was a wonderful blessing to take the time to visit with most of our family in Idaho. We … Read More Summary of 2020