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Just when I thought Spring was here, we had the heaviest snowfall of the season on the West Coast of Canada. With the snow and rain, I didn’t get out much in February. You’ll see some Winter photos here but I also look back to trips in Summer and Autumn. Of course, I look ahead to Springtime too. This is a selection of photos posted to my social media in February.

 

A beautiful Winter’s sunset from the pier and beach in White Rock, Canada.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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I arrived at Zumaia exhausted in the late afternoon. I had already walked 29.5 kilometers from San Sebastián with two good climbs and countless ups and downs. Ahead was 15 kilometers and about 500 meters of cumulative elevation gain. As in Getaria, I looked at my map and said “I can do this,” but must admit, this time, I was a little less confident!

As with many of the towns on the Camino del Norte, I knew little about Zumaia. It’s located in a beautiful spot on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea, and at the confluence of the Narrondo and Urola Rivers. To be expected, Zumaia has a lot of waterfront that you’ll soon see. I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Getaria to Zumaia, overlooking Zumaia. Now let’s continue with this view of the cliffs and the Cantabrian Sea before…

Cantabrian coastline Zumaia Spain Camino del norte

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Although, I had only known my walking companions for a day, it felt much longer. Since we had met on the seaside trail above San Sebastián, we shared our own little adventure which included a few good laughs on and off the Camino del Norte. This day was enjoyable as we walked, had lunch in Orio, and experienced the first views of Zarautz together. I was glad to have the company of the ladies but I knew that if I wanted to complete the Camino del Norte in a reasonable time, I had to continue walking past the early afternoon.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Orio to Zarautz, just after I said goodbye to the ladies who were off to the beach for a relaxing afternoon and evening. Now, let’s continue along the Camino to the Franciscan monastery, Convento de San Juan Bautista, which was founded by Zarautz native Don Juan de Manzisidor in the early 17th century. The Convento which houses a church, a convent, and a school, was renovated extensively over a period starting in 1959.

Franciscan monastery Zarautz Camino del Norte Spain

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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There’s a reason I don’t usually stop for lunch and drinks while walking the Camino de Santiago and this day was a good example. Sure I enjoyed myself but after spending an hour at the café with my walking companions, eating and sipping Spanish beer, I stood up, and didn’t feel like walking at all. Actually, I felt like taking a nap. My goal for the day was not nearby Zarautz, but Deba, over 25 kilometers away, and I had to get myself motivated and moving.

I left my last post, On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Munioetazar to Orio, facing the Río Orio and its port area. The river has its headwaters in the foothills of Sierra de Aizkorri and travels about 78 kilometers where it empties into the Bay of Biscay near this spot. It was badly polluted through the years but reportedly, is slowly recovering.

Orio rio Camino del Norte Spain Basque

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Planning one evening in San Sebastian can be a little difficult if you haven’t visited before. Do you stroll through the historic city or walk along its magnificent three kilometers of beaches. I must admit that Zurriola Beach, Playa de la Concha, and Playa de Ondarreta sure looked enticing when I viewed over the city earlier that afternoon. But I also wanted to walk along the historic city streets and visit the cathedral! Well, I tried to do it all including going out for dinner, which resulted in a very long first day on the Camino del Norte, and, for a few minutes, being locked out of my alberque.

I left my last post, On and off the Camino del Norte in San Sebastian, Spain, here, at Playa de Ondarreta facing Monte Igueldo. Now lets continue an evening walk in San Sebastian, Euskadi / Basque Country.

Zurriola Beach San Sebastian Spain

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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On this guest post, New York Times bestselling novelist, Eileen Goudge, shows us where she goes for inspiration, and takes us on a little journey around Santa Cruz, California, the setting for her new book, Bones and Roses.

Where do I go for inspiration? Where else but the beach? It’s where I get my best ideas. My writing career began here, in Santa Cruz, California, where I lived from the early 1970’s to 1983, when I moved to New York City to seek my fortune. I go back there for a month each year to write at my sister’s beach house. It was during a recent visit, while strolling along the shore, that I got the idea for my new Cypress Bay mystery series. The first book in the series, Bones and Roses, came out on August 5th, roughly a year since inspiration struck. My fictional town of Cypress Bay, California, is modeled after Santa Cruz, in fact.

What a year it’s been! I’ve been back to my hometown twice, both times with my trusty laptop to get in some serious writing time. Five of my author pals came for a long weekend in January of this year, and I confess I didn’t get any writing done those four days. Most of the time we sat around, drinking wine and gossiping, when we weren’t taking long walks on the beach or sightseeing. But mainly what I do when I’m at the beach is write, and when I’m not at my computer, woolgather to the sound of the surf.

The beach at Manresa State Park where I take my daily strolls.

Manresa State Park Beach Santa Cruz California

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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