Nicole took this iPhone photo of Pat and me this morning while on the BigHorn Overlook Trail in Cathedral City, CA. We noticed the arrows. Wow, we’ll be following arrows all along our walk on the Camino de Santiago. Let’s take a pic! Thursday Pat and I board a flight headed to Spain to walk the Ancient pilgrimage path also known as Camino Frances on the Camino de Santiago. This walk of 490 miles begins at St. Jean Pied De Port, France, quickly but not easily, crosses into Spain (this first day is listed as the most arduous part of the walk), and is waymarked all the way by yellow arrows – flechas amarillos, guiding we peligrinos, east to west across the northern part of Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
Are we excited about this 45 day adventure ahead of us. Yessirreeee! Stay tuned. I’m carrying an extra 10 pounds of camera related gear (including a small tripod), iPhone (battery charger), iPad, and all the related gear like surge protectors, batteries, camera cards, and cords. So much for keeping it simple. But……..my backpack is the lightest it has ever been on any backpack and we’ll be doing less daily mileage. And…..I will have all my photography gear with me!!! I’m shooting with, the much lighter than my Canon cameras, a Fujifilm XT-1, a wireless camera that I believe takes great photos. I’m really excited about the photography ops along this new and very unfamiliar adventure.
Driving home from LA last night, I spent most of the two and a half hour drive looking for shots. Ray never complained that I wasn’t really present for conversation either:-) It’s amazing how I can get lost and time flies when my eye is to the viewfinder. I believe they call my love of photography an obsession.
Stacy and I had hoped to have the energy and time (Stacy) to walk the strip during sunset tonight. It turned out neither of us was motivated to leave our rooms after a short room break following a very long but extremely interesting day filled with 3 different 3 WPPI speakers and another very tiring shopping round at the Expo that finally ended this afternoon, thank goodness. Maybe LR won’t notice how many times I used my credit card this last week. Just this morning I got a long distance call from my credit card company wanting to know if all the charges that were taking place were in fact mine. Good thing I answered the call as I might not have been able to use the card for the 3 later gear related items I just had to have. One being a new LensBaby 35!
Front And Back.
Looking down on the 405 from the 8th floor in the Courtyard Marriott in Encino, Ca.
Going through this summer’s Mammoth photos, has taken me out of the NOW. Can’t wait to go back to Wood’s Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA. like we do for 3 months every August.
Went back one more time to the Salton Sea with Jen, my sister Leila and brother-in-law Dennis. We got lucky with one of those very unique opportunities where the clouds and the light make magic.
I have posted 18 photos in the Portfolio section of my website under Travel/Outings. Hope you check them out here.
Tomorrow we are leaving our heavenly cabin at Wood’s Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I’m sad. Ray and I both love it here. Our three weeks at the cabin every year are always the best three weeks of each year. I am mind altered when in the mountains.