How I Got Here:

In 2002 I read a book about the Camino de Santiago by Shirley MacLaine. It wasn’t until July, 2008 that I actually considered the possibility of  walking through Spain.

Due to an existing aortic aneurysm (2008) I thought it would be a good idea to check in with my surgeon at Stanford Medical Center in California for his opinion.

He ran some tests and after discussing the results the surgeon, Vern, and I decided that the smartest thing to do was to have the surgery. So on October 17, 2008 I began the entire process of surgery and healing.

The greatest motivator for doing my part to heal quickly was the fact that I had such a strong intention to walk 500 miles in Spain and just as an added incentive I purchased our airline tickets before the surgery to leave our home in May of 2009.

After announcing that I was being drawn to the Camino and that I would be walking it the following year, Vern contemplated the adventure and decided that he would also want to walk the pilgrim’s path.

At the same time, our good friends, Bob and Kathy were discussing and planning the walk from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France.

In mid May of 2009 the four of us began our walk on the Camino de Santiago through the Pyrenees mountains.




7 thoughts on “How I Got Here:

  1. Scott and I will be following your every move on this adventure. We are anxious to see your first post from Europe. Best of fortunes in your travels. Scott & David

  2. Hey guys, Becky and I will be following you on your is really nice of you guys to share it.
    Take care and all the best to you both.

  3. Hi Nancy and Vern,
    Thank you for writing this blog and giving your friends the opportunity to follow your 2012 camino. I wish you good luck, good conditions, good weather, good companions and many wonderful experienes. BUEN CAMINO!

    • Thanks joe! Vern and I just arrived in South San Francisco. Tomorrow we will fly to London. On April 20th we will begin our walk.
      It’s awesome to know that our friends are “following” along.

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