Puget Sound Chapter Photo Contest Winners:
We were fortunate to have a wonderful array of photographs submitted for our contest. Thanks to each of you who submitted. The decision was difficult, but now, we are proud to announce the two winners of the Puget Sound Chapter Photo Contest: Jean-Christie Ashmore and Oliver Scholz. The cards will be available for sale at the February 9 event at Seattle REI. They will also be sold at the American Pilgrims Gathering in Santa Barbara from March 14-17, 2013. Other points of sale will be announced as they come up. All proceeds will benefit the Albergue Partnership Project (see below). We are looking forward to sharing the Camino with others by sending Puget Sound Chapter note cards.
Photograph by Oliver Scholz at
Murias de Rechivaldo, just west of Astorga
Photograph by Jean-Christie Ashmore
on the Vezelay Route, Gargilesse, France
The American Pilgrims Albergue Partnership Program:
American Pilgrims on the Camino is launching a new program to further strengthen the connection between our association, our members and the Camino. The Albergue Partnership Program is being developed as a way that a local chapter of American Pilgrims can form an ongoing, close relationship with a specific albergue on the Camino through a multi-year commitment of funds for infrastructure and possibly hospitaleros or other volunteer workers. This program is in the pilot stage as details and logistics are being worked out with our Spanish partners. The Board of Directors of American Pilgrims is pleased to announce that the Puget Sound Chapter is participating in the pilot program as the first Albergue Partner.
Hike: Crown Hill-North Beach neighborhood
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m. coffee, 10:00 a.m. hike
Join the Puget Sound Chapter for a hilly spring walk in the Crown Hill-North Beach neighborhood, with optional lunch stop afterwards. Join us for coffee as early as 9:30 a.m. at the Starbuck’s at 9999 Holman Road, next to the QFC in the Crown Hill neighborhood. There is lots of parking space at the QFC shopping area. We will head out at 10:00 am. The walk will be about six miles, and we can expect hills, sidewalks and muddy graveled trails. We will wend our way through the quiet Crown Hill neighborhood, past Swanson’s Nursery, then into Carkeek Park. Anticiapte the lovely sounds and sights of spring breaking forth and hopefully clear weather for spectacular views of Puget Sound. We will have a restroom break and moment to admire the flowers at Swanson’s. Optional lunch after the walk at Patty’s Eggnest which is adjacent to the Starbuck’s. See attached map for walk details. No need to RSVP.
Second Sunday stroll
Second Sunday Strolls (ongoing)
Rain or shine, no RSVP needed! If you are interested in walking with fellow pilgrims, consider joining the Puget Sound Pilgrims for Second Sunday Strolls—a walk in the park. This is designed as either a 3 mile or a 6 mile walk from the Ballard Locks to Discovery Park, around the park and back. If you want to walk six miles, we'll meet at 1:00 pm at the entrance to the Ballard (aka Chittenden) Locks, and depart at 1:15 pm for a stroll over to Discovery Park. If you want to walk only three miles, then join us at Discovery Park. We'll arrive at the main visitor center and meet by the drinking fountain at around 1:45 pm. We'll then leave from the visitor center at 2:00 pm on a 3 mile loop. The pace will be not too fast, not too slow—probably around 2 miles per hour. But slow enough for good conversation!
Second Sunday Stroll dates in 2013 are: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8.
38 (!) Puget Sound pilgrims
gathered for the Lake Union walk
Cheshiahud Loop walk
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Puget Sound Chapter had a damp, chilly 6-mile morning walk around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Loop, with a lunch stop at Little Water Cantina.
The Camino de Santiago, A 500-Mile Journey across Spain
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Presenters: Myrna Aavedal, Marcia Shaver, Jim Eychaner, Becky Andrews and Martha Crites
More than 200 people attended the Puget Sound Chapter's second annual REI Presentation. Attendees heard about Camino history, traveling light, biking the Camino, alternative routes, staying connected on the Camino and much more. They also had the chance to peruse REI gear and check out member Jim Stelljes' fully loaded Camino backpack.
The Puget Sound Chapter also kicked off its Camino Notecard Sale to support a pilgrim albergue on the Camino as part of American Pilgrims' Albergue Partnership Program.
Download information from the REI talk here:
• Suggested packing list
• Traveling light
• Camino book list
Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Puget Sound Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about anything from planning to packing with a nearby Camino veteran who can answer questions. Contact PugetSoundChapter@americanpilgrims.com for details. Please include your name, phone number and the city where you live. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.