Back in 2012, I completed the Camino Frances and put together a documentary called “A Journey of the Mind“. The popularity of that video is a large part of what encouraged me to launch Trail to Peak. Six years after walking 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, I returned to the Iberian Peninsula to walk the 150-mile Camino Portuguese. This time around, I was joined by my wife and son.
In 2012, I completed the Camino Frances and put together a documentary called “A Journey of the Mind“. That video has since been viewed a few hundred thousand times. I returned to the Camino this summer with my wife and son to walk the Camino Portuguese. On our way, we met some incredible people and made memories that will last a lifetime. I will be putting together a full length video for our Camino Portuguese adventure soon. Until then, here are the highlights from our journey along The Way.
In 2012, I hiked the 500-mile Frances Route of Camino de Santiago. That adventure was easily the most transformative travel experience for me as an individual. Starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, and hiking all the way to the Western Coast of Spain made for a summer of friendships, introspection, perseverance, and triumph. When I look back at that pilgrimage, I can still vividly remember the early mornings spent walking before sunrise, double shot espressos, bocadillo lunches, ‘Pilgrim Menu dinners, and shouts of “Buen Camino!”.
I documented that 500-mile journey and put together a video called “The Journey of the Mind“. That video is now approaching 250,000 views on YouTube, and is probably the most popular piece of content I’ve ever created. In a lot of ways, that video inspired me to launch Trail to Peak in 2014. Seeing how a simple video could inspire so many people to get outside and want to walk a pilgrimage made me want to share and inspire even more.
This summer, I will be returning to the Camino. This time on the Portuguese route starting in Porto. This Camino will be a shorter 150-mile journey, and I will be joined by my wife and almost 2-year old son! We’re excited to walk The Way and begin making our journey towards Santiago de Compostela. Spain and Portugal will be my son’s 4th and 5th countries having visited Iceland, Vietnam, and Cambodia last year. This is definitely our most ambitious trip to date. We hope to inspire more families to enjoy The Way together.
Getting in front of the camera is not easy for me and not something that comes naturally. I’ve gotten very comfortable behind the camera, but am starting realize how much more effective communication can be in today’s world of media when I can speak directly to each viewer. In the weeks and months ahead, I want to make more vlog style videos on my gear selections, planning logistics, daily trip reports, and more. Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see next.
It’s been a few months since we returned home from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I finally got around to putting together a few clips from our travels around Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, My Son, Saigon, and the Mekong Delta. Make sure to check out all of my Vietnam posts if you’re looking for travel advice, things to do, or if you just want to see some inspiring pictures.
When we first arrived in Vietnam via Hanoi, we knew we were in for a fun family adventure. We had read about the rivers of motorbikes flowing through the city streets that don’t adhere to traffic rules, but nothing prepares you for taking that first step out into madness. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually we realized how well organized the chaos was. We also quickly realized that the Vietnamese love children. While traveling in the US, people can treat children as if they are a nuisance. Not so in Vietnam. Owen was treated like a little prince everywhere we went.
From Hanoi, we made our way to the magical Halong Bay. The weather wasn’t the best in Halong Bay, but we still really enjoyed our time there. From Halong Bay we travelled to a quant little village of lanterns called Hoi An, and from there, made our way to Saigon and the Mekong Delta.
This video is a short 3-minute cut of a few of the highlights. I hope you enjoy it. Also, make sure to head over to YouTube and subscribe, as I will be producing many more travel videos in 2018-2019.
I traveled to Iceland this summer with Julia and Owen to explore the island’s waterfalls, mountain peaks, black sand beaches, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, and quaint villages. We rented a car upon arrival in Iceland and began our adventure on the Ring Road (Þjóðvegur 1). This 827.7 mile highway runs along the circumference of Iceland and connects to many roads that lead towards the island’s interior. On our Ring Road trip, we covered just north of 1,800 miles!
I put together a short video to highlight some of my favorite moments from our Iceland Ring Road adventure. Enjoy!