Monday, March 17, 2014

Who knows where they come from

For the past couple of years I have been involved with American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC). I am now the Chapter Coordinator for the Portlandia (Portland, OR and SW Washington) Chapter. APOC is a wonderful organization that supports the dreams of pilgrims to be while providing financial support for camino infrastructure improvements in Spain. Please see the link above to read all about the extent to which this organization is committed to the health of the camino, and to those who wish to walk it. Member dues pay for it all. So, if you are so inclined, please visit their website ( and see how you can become a member. I personally have witnessed a stunning growth in the number of people responding to their individual calls to the camino. Our chapter has grown from just a bit over a dozen members to about 225 in just two years. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but find common ground both in their desire (some say burning desire) to walk the camino, and to share their passion with others bound for the camino. This is a great group of interesting folks. Somehow our lives have intersected for this purpose (perhaps others??) and we have have all benefited from it. So, if you feel the call to the camino, get involved with like minded people, nurture a bold vision of what you can do, and keep your camino dream alive until your time arrives (and it will). On behalf of the APOC Portlandia Chapter good luck, and buen camino to all. It is a journey you will surely remember.

Trying to gather the group during a chapter Sunday walk

Up through the Fort Vancouver Historical Reserve, Vancouver, WA

Debriefing at day's end

Some of the lucky one's who got a table

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