We offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony requests to our chapter e-mail (PortlandiaChapter@americanpilgrims.com) early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.
Third Sunday Stroll, Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve
March 16, 2014, 2:00 pm
We will hold our March Third Sunday Stroll on March 16th in Vancouver, WA. We will be starting from McMenamins on the Columbia (1801 S.E. Columbia River Dr. Vancouver WA 98661) and walking a circuit up through the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve and back to McMenamins. This is about a 4-mile walk over paved surfaces. It is mostly level terrain with one slight climb up through the park. We will gather at McMenamins after our walk for refeshments, a Shell Ceremony for three departing pilgrims, and our usual post walk Q & A. We have had a remarkable turnout for our walks this year, and I expect our March event will be the same. Please come, join us, and share in the fun.
This is a rain or shine event. No RSVP is required. Just show up and enjoy a pleasant afternoon with fellow pilgrims. I hope to see many of you there, and thank you for your ongoing support of the American Pilgrims on the Camino Portlandia Chapter.
• Saturday, March 1, 2014: Screening of the film Wayfaring - A Jaunt along the Camino de Santiago
A wet Third Sunday Stroll in Mount Tabor Park
• Sunday February 16, 2014: Third Sunday Stroll, Mount Tabor Park
Strong winds and continuous rain were in the forecast, but, despite the forecasted gloom, 37 fellow pilgrims, and pilgrims to be, gathered at Portland's Mt. Tabor Park for our regularly scheduled Sunday stroll. We expected lesser numbers due to the weather forecast, but were pleasantly surprised at the turnout. This is now the second month in a row where attendance has been significantly larger than expected. This is very encouraging for our chapter, which is only two years old, and yet shows great and growing, enthusiasm for our pilgrim community. As it turned out, the weather was not that bad. Yes, it did rain a bit, but the winds held off until later in the day. Everyone enjoyed each other's company, the park's pleasant surroundings, and the varied terrain. After our walk we gathered, nearby, at the Tabor Tavern. It was a great wrap up as people had plenty of time to have more fun, ask questions, get advice and share in the Shell Ceremony. As our group was fairly large, we opted to wait until the group was ready to leave, and then moved outside to some picnic tables to hold our Shell Ceremony. We had six departing pilgrims receive a blessing and shell. They were beaming! Several chapter members shared reading the blessing which, judging by the looks on many faces, was greatly appreciated. All in all it was a wonderful afternoon shared with friends committed to our surprisingly energetic pilgrim community. We look forward to seeing many of our group next month at our next Sunday Stroll.
Safe passage, and buen camino, to all our departing pilgrims.
• Sunday, January 19, 2014: Third Sunday Stroll and Shell Ceremony
Café con Leche y Más
Last Tuesday of every month starting January 28, 2014, 10:00 am
Location (TBD) will be given to those who RSVP.
Starting January 28th, we will be meeting at 10:00 am, on the last Tuesday of each month, (at a location to be determined) for coffee, and camino related discussions. Working on your packing list? Bring it and get feedback! Trying to figure out the best way to book your flights? Bring your laptop and we will look at some of the most common websites for finding the best fares. Trying to decide which route to walk, and how to train for it? Let's discuss. Please RSVP (in January) as most coffee shops are small with limited seating. The number of people attending will help us determine a suitable location. Heather Knight has kindly agreed to lead these informal coffee sessions. Please RSVP to our chapter e-mail (PortlandiaChapter@americanpilgrims.com), and CC Heather at email@example.com, if you are interested. This is a new activity for our chapter so let's see how this goes for a few months. We will still be holding our monthly Third Sunday Strolls. This new activity will be in addition to those. Our goal is to provide a variety of opportunities for our members to gather, enjoy each other's company, and help one another with camino related issues. Thank you in advance for your support.
PORTLAND, OREGON AREA
Third Sunday Strolls
Third Sunday of every month excluding November and December
Location to be determined each month
Join us on the third Sunday of each month (excluding November and December) at 2: 00 pm at a Portland/Vancouver area park for a 2 to 4 mile stroll with fellow pilgrims. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow pilkgrims, try out new gear, talk with camino veterans, get a bit of fresh air, strech those muscles and get answers to all your camino related questions. We typically gather after the stroll at a nearby bar/restaurant for refreshments and socializing. An e-mail notice goes out early each month to everyone on our chapter contact list giving the details of that month's walk and the location of the meeting place. This is a rain or shine event. You do not need to RSVP. Just show up ready for some fun. To have your e-mail address addded to our list, simply contact us at PortlandiaChapter@americanpilgrims.com. We also offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony request to our chapter e-mail early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.
For Training and Preparation, we are working at compiling a list of local Portland-area (really, anywhere in Western Oregon north of Eugene) resources for pilgrims preparing for walking the Camino. Places to buy gear, favorite trails or walking routes, etc. If you have a recommendation, please send us an email and we'll add it to the list. This information will be put into a Google Doc that everyone can access when it is completed.
Some of you may have questions about planning your Camino and some of you may be interested in sharing your Camino knowledge with others. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to a future pilgrim, please send us an email (PortlandiaChapter@americanpilgrims.com) with your contact information (email, phone and what route/when you walked). If you are a future pilgrim would like to be mentored, please send us an email with your contact information (email, phone and what route you are thinking about walking). If we have some matches, we'll put you in contact with one another. As always, Kathy and I are always willing and able to get together with anyone planning their Camino walk to answer questions and give advice.