Walk Scotland’s Highlands With Us

The year after we walked the Camino de Santiago, we journeyed to our former home, Scotland, to walk the West Highland Way. It was magnificent! Sue has a slide show for you.

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Amazon Best Seller List!

We are excited to see that Reg’s book, Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows has popped onto the Amazon Best Seller list at #40 in the Hiking and Walking category.

A great big Thank You to all who have read, reviewed and supported his efforts!

The hard work is beginning to pay off. Reg’s book is listed at #40.
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An Early Case of Spring Fever

The unseasonably warm temperatures and brilliant blue sky were irresistible this morning. In record time we gathered our snowshoe gear, packed a lunch (well, Reg packed the lunch) and followed the crowd up to Mount Ashland.

The parking lot was already filling up by 10:00 Sunday morning.
Mount Shasta was visible in the distance.
We definitely beat the crowds to the snowshoe trail.

In the past, we have always followed the trail leading to the top of Mount Ashland. It’s a steep route with beautiful views across the Rogue Valley. Since we’ve struggled up that hill several times in the past, we chose the lower trail out to the Grouse Gap shelter hoping we’d find a dry spot to sit and eat our lunch.

Along the way we crossed the Pacific Crest Trail, buried somewhere beneath snow, patiently awaiting next year’s crop of hopeful hikers. The shelter proved to be the perfect lunch stop, complete with covered picnic table, the remains of a still slightly warm fire and an unlocked restroom! Perfect!

Oh, and the view was pretty nice too! Could it be that spring is right around the corner?

The back of Mount Ashland is a relaxing contrast to the hustle-bustle of the chairlifts and skiers on the other side.
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Carryoncouple climbs to a new peak


A view from our trek on the Way of St. Francis in Italy.

As the 21st century began its last year as a teenager, carryoncouple turned seven in record-setting fashion.

Our travel blog collected 8,758 views from 3,654 visitors in 2018, both eclipsing our previous record of 5,232 views by 1,561 visitors in 2013, the year we walked the Camino de Santiago.

People stopping by our blog represented 75 countries, led by the USA with 5,813 views. Canada was in second place for much of the year, but lost the No.2 title to the United Kingdom, which had 486 views, topping Canada by nine views.

Our 2012 post from Italy–Basilica Honors San Zeno–mysteriously continued to attract attention, with 91 views, but lost its 2017 top post title to another surprising choice, Coming Soon to Amazon. Was it the “coming soon” or just the word “Amazon” that attracted the clicks? Or Sue’s book cover? We remain puzzled by the record-setting (for us) 564 views of the post from many countries.

Although our numbers are humble by WordPress standards, we remain thankful to our blog followers and viewers. We hope to keep the interest going through several adventures in 2019, including another one with backpacks, to be announced.

Our favorite trip of 2018? That’s easy; see Sue’s slideshow by clicking here.


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Camino documentary goes to PBS

Reg and Lydia Smith at her Portland film celebration.

Director/producer Lydia B. Smith invited us to Portland last week to help celebrate her documentary’s nationwide PBS broadcasts.

Lydia, joined by volunteers and a small core staff, worked more than nine years to film, edit and promote “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.” The film follows an international cast of pilgrims aged 21 to 62 on their journey across northern Spain. We first saw the film in 2014, soon after its release, and have streamed it many times since. It continues to inspire us to keep on trekking.

You can see the full-length documentary (it was shortened for the PBS showings) at caminodocumentary.org.

Congratulations to Lydia and to all who worked on the wonderful documentary!

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We Have a Winner!

By just one vote, the evening view of Italy’s Poggio Bustone took the #1 spot in our 2018 Readers Choice awards.

Runner-up

The misty path leading to the Italian mountaintop borough of Monteluco was a close second.

A big Thank You to all of you who took the time to cast your vote and, in some cases, explain your choice. We always love your comments.

Surprisingly, nearly all our Top 10 picks received at least one vote. Our shot of the Coquille River Lighthouse, #9, remained a lonely outpost without so much as a mention.

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Readers Choice: There’s Still Time…

…to cast a vote for your favorite photo from our Top 10 list.

If you need to take another peek before deciding, click the link below and add your choice in the comments section. We’ll tally the votes and announce our Readers Choice winner Friday, December 21.

Vote now for the best photo.

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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.

Runner-up

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.

Runner-up

A modern underground escalator carries visitors uphill to a variety of ancient sites and endless views in Spoleto, Italy.  
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