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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Camino Frances topics' started by davebugg, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. davebugg

    davebugg Active Member Donating Member

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    Two exciting things happened today.

    The First: This was unexpected…. my eldest son, Caleb (just turned 30), decided to take time off of work in order to join me for my first ten days of walking on Camino Frances. This is monumentally special and exciting to me. Although I extended an invitation to all of my kids, it seemed that none would be able to arrange finances or time from work to go. Although I see this as an intensely spiritual time for me, I had hoped that I could share a bonding experience with at least one of my children.

    Caleb was my hiking and backpacking companion for many years, until graduating university and becoming a commissioned Infantry officer in the US Army. This will be our first time on a hike together in 8 years; and while not a wilderness backpacking trip, walking together for my first ten days on the Camino will be special. After ten days, Caleb will catch a train to Madrid where his return flight to Denver is booked. I will continue on to Santiago.

    The Second exciting thing: I bought my plane ticket to arrive in Paris early AM on September 14. Caleb will be flying in from Denver, where we will meet up at the airport. There is a 5 hour layover before we will be boarding a (cheap ticket) plane to Biarritz. A Bourricot shuttle is reserved to take us to St Jean Pied de Port, where we will spend the night (accommodations booked). Our first steps on the Camino Frances will be on September 15th.

    Sorry if my post sounds like so much babble; my happy adrenaline is in play here :)

    Caleb and I are now in an unstated competition to see who will have the lightest pack. I am all smiles!!!
     
  2. SYates

    SYates Camino Fossil AD 1999 Donating Member

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    Very happy for you two! Buen Camino, SY
     
  3. evanscl

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    Oops, deleted then posted nothing. I wanted to say your sheer delight is palpable and I'm pleased for you, shared experiences make lifetime memories. Only this evening I was reminiscing about our break in Ireland last summer when we took our daughters to see project9 at Wexford opera house, their CD was on and it was lovely to recall a great time there. It should be a wonderful time for u both.
     
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    That's so wonderful to hear, Dave! It will be a memorable time.
    Buen Camino to you both.
    Faith
     
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    Enjoy Dave, enjoy.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your blessings! I am sure you will cherish this camino with Your Son! Thank him for his service!
     
  7. Mike Savage

    Mike Savage So many friends to meet . . . so little time Donating Member

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    That is definitely a blessing Dave.

    Buen Camino to you both!
     
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    Adult children tend to be busy. Cherish your time with your son! And post a pic.
     
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    This will be a very special journey for the two of you.
    After so many years walking together again.

    Wish you both a wonderful journey and a Buen Camino,Peter.
     
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    I´m so glad for you!
    Have a wonderful 10 Days with Caleb.
    Buen Camino.
     
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    It is inspiring to read your post Dave! All the best to you and Caleb.

    Ultreïa!
     
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    How long before Caleb is sneaking his kit into yer pack :)
     
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    Buen Camino Caleb and Dave!
     
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    Sounds great Dave !! I just feel bad for Caleb as he will have to leave after 10 days. He might decide to go AWOL :)
     
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    Happy Adrenaline Babble is why I am on this forum every day! Thank you for sharing your joy! The world needs as much joy as possible, and a joy shared is a joy multiplied!

    Buen Camino - and please tell Caleb how happy we all are for you!

    Kathy
     
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    Ben Camino to you both
     
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    That's MY play :) One time, Caleb carried a two liter bottle of root beer that I had frozen prior to leaving and had sneaked into his pack . That day, between all the climbing and descending, we had gained a total elevation of around 9,000 feet on the trail in the North Cascades. It had been a long, sweaty day, and after 15 miles and with the sun just hovering above setting, we finally made camp. Both of us were beat.

    As our MSR stove was working to cook the macaroni for our mac and cheese dinner, I asked Caleb if he wanted some cold root beer. He made some sort of remark about wishful thinking. I went over to his pack, and opened his sleeping bag compartment, and pulled out that 2 liter bottle that I had stashed under his sleeping bag (which made a great insulator). I cracked the lid, took a frosty mouthful of that wonderful liquid, and gave Caleb the biggest, snarkiest grin that I could manage.

    Then I ducked as a handful of small pine cones was hurled in my direction.

    PS... I know some may be thinking "You should have brought a six-pack of real beer". With no judgement in my saying this, I don't drink alcohol in any form. I've never had an alcoholic drink of any kind. Just a personal choice. My wife is the same. Interestingly, Caleb does occasionally enjoy a beer now and then, as well as a good wine.
     
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    To my Forum Friends...

    I am touched and a bit overwhelmed by your thoughts and words. Over the months since I have joined this forum, it has grown into a special place in my heart. I thought this would be a site just to help me gather information for planning my Camino; but it has turned into so much more. The gentleness, warmth, caring, and helpfulness demonstrated by all of you is what distinguishes this forum from any other forum that I have tried to participate in, but eventually abandon because of..... well, you already know how a lot of the internet social interaction sites have degraded into an almost evil negativity. Here, even disagreements --- the vast majority of the time --- are written with a respect for diverse ideas.

    So, thank you. You are a blessing to me, and to others who participate here.
     
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    I concur! - :D:p:cool::p:D
     
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    Your excitement and your anticipaation Dave is absolutely palpable....enjoy your walk together with your son Caleb.....look out for each other and keep each other safe....Buen Camino to you both....Ulreya.
     
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    Very happy for you, David <3

    Caleb is a good kid to come along with dear old dad for the first ten days!
     
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    Hey Dave---I might meet you out there. I will be on Camino in September. I'm really wavering back and forth, and may be on Frances again. In that case, we very well may meet up!
     
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    That would be wonderful. I'll be on the lookout for you. :)
     
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    This is really wonderful and made me think how amazing it would be to have one of my kids join me on my Camino. Even for a few days! Will put out the invitation to them. Will be arriving in Paris too almost on the same day. Was thinking about taking the bus to Montparnasse station and then the train to Bayonne. Will have to check out the cheap flight to Biarritz. Planning on two days in St Jean just for the heck of it and heading out on the 17th of September. Maybe see you there at some time.
     
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    Congrats to you (both). I did the CF last year with my 30 y/o son as well and it was memorable for us both..........
     
  26. davebugg

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    Perhaps we WILL meet. I do hope that one of your kids is able yo join you. And if they can't join you at the beginning in SJPDP, then maybe they can arrive later in your trip and join you further along the Camino.
     
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    I love your thread. You write from the heart and narrate a story to share.
     

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