Cast Your Vote…

We want to hear from you.  Which of our top 10 photos is your favorite from 2018?  To cast your vote, choose your top pick from the photos below and enter the number in the comment section below.  

Deadline: Thursday, December 20.  We’ll publish results Friday.

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#1 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

An evening shot of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican easily took our favored number one spot.  It so perfectly reflects the sense of awe we felt upon completion of our 23-day, 258-mile walk through history along The Way of St. Francis.

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The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi stands out against dramatic skies.
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#2 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

The Italian village of Poggio Bustone spills down the mountainside, even more charming in the evening light.

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A modern underground escalator carries visitors uphill to a variety of ancient sites and endless views in Spoleto, Italy.  
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#3 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

A mystical, magical scene greeted us as we approached Monteluco.  Perched high above the Italian city of Spoleto, the climb was just the beginning of our longest and most challenging day of walking The Way of St. Francis.

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Our morning continued through the misty Sacred Woods of Monteluco, eventually climbing up and out of the cloud cover…only to face 2,200 feet of treacherous descent.
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#4 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

This scene, from Italy’s The Way of St. Francis, depicts an irresistible example of the simplicity and beauty we find when distance hiking.

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This scene from Bandon, Oregon was a close second because…who doesn’t love a stroll on the beach under a clear blue sky?
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#5 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

An evening walk from our campsite at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park revealed a colorful view of this hardworking sliver of Oregon history.

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 From atop the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, and after a 231-step climb, sightseers are rewarded with a birdseye view of Vatican City and Rome, Italy.
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#6 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

The colors splashed across Oregon’s Painted Hills in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument took our breath away.

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A contrasting landscape of color and vegetation greeted us from an Italian mountaintop.
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#7 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

Long distance trekking has taught us to appreciate simplicity and to enjoy the journey.  We have also learned that the path is not always clear.

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And when he path is cluttered with distractions, it’s OK to seek help…in this case, GPS kept us on track.
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Our #1 Stocking Stuffer 2018


Follow Santa to Amazon to buy Reg’s new book!

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#8 – Favorite Photo Countdown 2018

This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the best technical photo from our 2018 album.  However, the discovery of the Selfie Corner in our Gubbio, Italy hotel presented a photo opportunity too silly to pass up.

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The Pinky Bar wins the runner-up spot for no other reason than the irresistible nature of it’s name.  It was here that we celebrated Reg’s birthday on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Valfabbrica, Italy.
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