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 (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.
Portlandia pilgrims departing before our next walk and who would like to participate in a Shell Ceremony and receive the pilgrim blessing and a scallop shell, should contact the chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org with their full name, so we can have everything prepared for you.
Third Sunday Stroll for October 2015: Powell Butte Nature Park, Portland
Sunday, October 18, 2015,, at 2:00 pm
Our final stroll for 2015 is coming up. We will be walking at the Powell Butte Nature Park. We will gather at a new location which is the corner of SE 148th and SE Center Street. Please note that this is not the main entrance to the park and is just a bit further east along Center Street from where we have met in the past. There is a parking lot and on street parking at the new gathering location. Please click HERE for a map. For those using GPS to find your way to the gathering location you can use the address of a home, 4104 SE 148th Avenue, Portland, OR 97236, which is right next to where we will meet. Please note that this is not the main entrance to the park. There are no restrooms at our gathering location so stop along the way if you need to. Please bring a hat if it is sunny as part of our walk is in the open. Also the path has some gravel so bring hiking shoes that are appropriate for the terrain. If we have a request for a Shell Ceremony we can do that at our gathering location after our walk. We will meet for refreshments at McMenamins Highland Pub, 4225 SE 182nd Avenue (corner of SE 182nd and SE Powell Blvd), Gresham, OR 97030. Click HERE for a map.
• Saturday, September 26, 2015: Potluck Dinner
• Sunday, September 20, 2015: Third Sunday Stroll for September 2015: Marine Park, Vancouver, WA
• Sunday, August 16, 2015: Third Sunday Stroll Mary S.Young State Park
• Friday, July 24, 2015: St. James Feast Day Mass, Blessing of the Pilgrims, Shell Ceremony and tarta de Santiago tasting
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. No rsvp's are necessary for the walk. However, we would appreciate an RSVP (to Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) if you are planning to join us after the walk for refreshments. Our group is now large enough that we need to let the bar/restaurant know ahead of time how many people to expect.
To have your e-mail address addded to our list, simply contact us at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. 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 (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) 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.