Enter into Adventure

This is a test. This is only a test.

I’m kidding. This is not so much a test as an experiment. And here it is: I’m going on an adventure. To Italy! I leave tomorrow!

And I’ve bought a nifty set up to see if I can blog about my adventure while it’s happening.

Here’swhat I bought:

This is a keyboard–the little plastic gizmo behind it holds my iPhone so I can see stuff. The keyboard opens up and presto!

I can type–almost normally.

So that’s partly why this is a test. I don’t really know if I’ll be able to post while I’m traveling. Will this gadget withstand my lack of savvy when it comes to my very cool but sadly already outdated phone which I don’t really understand?  We’ll see. That’s why it’s an adventure, right? You don’t really know what you’re getting into.

This is what I do know: Last Spring, my sister Annie planned this exciting trip with a good friend.  I was jealous–who wouldn’t be? They were going to be walking into Rome on the St. Francis of Assisi Pilgrimmage Trail! The days on the trek would be challenging, anywhere from 8-14 miles each day. Annie and I are dog walking buddies, so I said, sure, I’ll help you train. We did a few long hikes. Then in August, her friend got hired, a dream job. But she had to move; she couldn’t come on the trip.

I’m taking the friend’s place. Tee hee. And so, since early September we’ve been seriously training. I’ve seen places and trails in my neck of the woods that have stunned me with their beauty.

Below is a view from the Watson Lakes Trail, followed by some other photos from ’round these parts.


Mount Baker is OUR mountain around here in northwest Washington State

Annie perched above Raptor’s Ridge with her dog.

View from the Chain Lakes Trail up on Mount Baker

Fireweed, also on the Chain Lakes Trail.

I hope you will follow me on this trip into the unknown. The lessons I am trying to learn so far:

1) That wild rumbling feeling in my stomach, that edginess in my shoulders, that thing that keeps me tossing at night? Call it  excitement. Because that’s what it is.

2) Laugh first. Those were the bon voyage words of a friend of mine. How wise!

If you have more advice, please share in the comments. Until, then, andiamo!

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7 Responses to Enter into Adventure

  1. Linda Pratt says:

    What a wonderful adventure for you both. And you don’t have to worry about the dogs! Look forward to seeing you when you get home. Xoxo

  2. Mary Penttinen-King says:

    I will enjoy experiencing your adventure. Take care, be safe.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Love you. Count me in as a reader! Hope your gadget works… so cooloool. Also I didn’t know you were walking a St Francis trail. My daily meditation is framed by a Franciscan monk… so St Francis is one ofmyheros.
    I believe this is a good omen!
    Bon voyage to you both ❤️

    • WW says:

      St Francis is amazing! I obviously have not followed in his path except sort of, on foot, but he’s a good inspiration. I’ll need to read up on him when I get home.

  4. Wanda Ringkvist says:

    Have a wonderful trip. I will be greedily reading your blog. I am a little jealous :)! Travel safe. Love and hugs.

  5. Robin says:

    Super happy travels to both of you!

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