Walk a Mile in My Boots
essays by Brandon Wilson
"The body walks while the mind wanders." ~ Basho
Escape from the
distractions of the everyday world.
Discover beauty, art, history, delicious food, fresh air – and
Find the answers you truly seek along these pilgrimage trails.
Camino de Santiago,
"If the idea of exploring
Europe is met by a "been there, done that" response, think again.
There’s a unique option whose concept started long before the
advent of those whirlwind package tours. You can walk all or part
of the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain for an intimate,
at-your-own-pace exploration of a country steeped in natural
beauty, art, history and faith…" (cont'd.)
England to Rome
"In the entire world,
reportedly, there were three roads to Paradise in early
Christendom. The first is the Camino de Santiago that meanders 500
miles across northern Spain. This has been trekked by millions of
faithful for centuries on their way to pay homage to the remains of
the apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela. But in second
position and gaining in popularity is the Via Francigena (The
Frankish Route) from Canterbury to Rome…" (cont'd)
Trekking from France to Jerusalem
"They often say, “Be
careful what you wish for—you just might get it. Well, little could
I imagine six years ago when the idea of walking to Jerusalem first
entered my addled brain that I’d find myself actually attempting
that trek—but life had other plans." (cont'd)
St. Olav's Way, Oslo
to Trondheim, Norway
"I couldn't believe what
confronted me as I crested the rise. Two moose, a mother and her
calf, blocked my pathway. Slowly I lowered my pack and attempted to
free my camera. But before I could capture them on film, they set
off on an ethereal lope into the surrounding pine forest.
Surprising, yes? But that incident was typical of the adventure and
super-natural surprises I discovered on my recent 400-mile
(643-kilometer) trek along the St. Olav's Way in Norway…"
St. Olav's Way,
Selanger, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway
"Setting off on a walking
pilgrimage, as I have ten times in the past, always fills me with
elation, then uncertainty, and finally the ultimate thrill of
letting go as I fling meteor-like into the unknown. Leaving home is
often the best way to find yourself."
What is a Pilgrimage
in Today's World – One Pilgrim's Thoughts
"A pilgrimage is the act
of deliberate travel; traveling outside while traveling
Walking gives you time
for silent contemplation and may even reveal a bit of wisdom – if
only we listen.
Walking Across Tibet
A reflection on the
hardships faced by everyday Tibetans – and the horror of cultural
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