T Minus 1

ReadyThis May we are celebrating Bill’s 70th birthday by walking the 616 kilometer Camino de Portuguese.

In typical Zig Zagging fashion we are taking the long way to get there – presenting fashion conundrum #1 – the items I pack for the Camino are not necessarily what I want to be seen in outside the Camino…

My whole life (minus food and lodging) needs fit into a 28 liter daypack.

The work-around plan was to pack a small secondary bag with suitable travel clothes which would conveniently be left in the hotel before needing to scale down.

However, as the departure date nears I’m throwing fashion out the door – checking my ego (right) and opting for the “I don’t give a shit” look.  Something like that happened 8 years ago when I ditched blonde hair for gray.  It was so freeing – perhaps another evolution.

How to simplify ones life into 28 liters:

The daypack is something I picked up in Salamanca, Spain 3 years ago the day before we left to walk the Camino de Santiago.  It was the only pack in the store – a simple decision.

Included: 1 down shirt, 1 Icebreaker Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip, 1REI Smartwool Long Sleeve Top, 2 short sleeved shirts, 2 Target tank tops, 1 pair of Nike Rival Shorts, 1 Patagonia Tech Fishing Skort, 1 pair of Lululemon Studio Pants , a pair of leggings, Altra Zero Drop Running Shoe, Crocs, undies, toiletries, silk sleeping sack, head lamp, poncho, hat and my new FishLipsKisses stickers.

Total pack weight – a whooping 13.5 pounds. Bill’s pack – 25 pounds.  Look like we’ll be eating Wheaties for breakfast.

We’ll see what wins out in the coming weeks – my cleanliness phobia (Clorox wipes, baby wipes and hand sanitizer = poundage) or embrace the cooties!

The handy iPhone 6 will be my camera and blogging machine.

Stay tuned……




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About Paige Shaw

Bitten by the wanderlust bug years ago - I have become an eyewitness to and documenter of the world’s divergent cultures (92 countries and counting). Photographing vistas that take my breath away, extraordinary architecture and connecting with everyday people doing everyday things. I am constantly reminded that a smile is the same in any language, that making a connection with something so simple is beautiful. Watching my photography transform from using a point and shoot in the old days to the new love of my life - the incredible Sony a7rii mirrorless camera - has inspired me to do more, take chances and seek out the unknown. I’m also a wife, mother, yogi, pilgrim, burner, skier, scuba diver and gypsy. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

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