Crescat Travels…

… I get some of my best ideas bellied up to a bar with a pint in hand. It was Jesus Himself who told me to go on Camino over a nice frothy Guinness.

The first miracle performed by Jesus was making more booze to keep the party going.

So there I was, enjoying a nice full pour of Brother Thelonious Ale [which tastes like chocolate milk with a ABV of 9.3% so be careful], discussing with a friend how to bring my latest scheme plans into fruition. For some time I had been toying with an idea of starting a North American pilgrimage tour company. The idea started during a few email exchanges with the gentleman who will be my guide on Camino. He suggested taking walking pilgrimages here in preparation for the big one. Thing is… there are no walking pilgrimage tours in the US like the Camino. Americans just drive where they need to go.

In fact, there aren’t any companies that offer American pilgrimages at all that I could find. Everyone wants to go to Europe and Jerusalem but there are some beautiful churches and holy sites to see here. With the economy being shot to hell it makes sense that more and more people are taking ‘stay-cations‘ and traveling locally.

But that was all it was- an idea. Just a little something I kept in the back of mind and fantasized about on the more stressful days of my job. I was incredibly surprised to later hear a confirmation of this idea when my friend suggested the very same thing, only on a grander scale. It was sign, because God gives signs in bars and you can’t tell me otherwise.

We immediately started talking about the locations and states our travel company would take pilgrims on, how we could market this, who we knew throughout the country and Canada to rally, and what unique features we could offer to rival pilgrimages to other countries… like praying the rosary in Temple Square.

C’mon. Who wouldn’t want to go on a tour that included that on the agenda?

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  • hey Kat, you could come on the LMS walking Pilgramage to Walsingham, 55 miles over 3 days, good company, a good Priest and great fun.

  • Sign me up. ^_^

    Although it isn’t a regular thing, several people from a parish in Chicago hiked 3 days to see the shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay.

  • Oh, great idea! Maybe walking the California Missions could be on your itinerary. They were originally set up to be about a days trip from each other. Of course, that’s on horseback. =)

  • Gregg the Obscure

    Start in Denver and walk up the hills to the Mother Cabrini Shrine and its miraculous well. I’ll let you know which breweries to frequent along the way 😉

    Or start at this pleasant spot where Bl. John Paul II prayed before the 1992 World Youth Day and walk a ways downhill to the parish that has a first-class JP2 relic.

  • Carlsondianna

    My parents do this in their own way. Spent a lot of hours in AL driving to the different religious sites around our place in Tuscaloosa. This would be a vacation that they’d be interested in.

  • Teresa

    “We came as strangers — soon we have friends. They come over. They sit with us. They drink with us. They talk to us. They tell us about the great big terrible things they’ve done and the great big wonderful things they’re going to do. Their hopes, their regrets. Their loves, their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar.” –Elwood P. Dowd, “Harvey”

    As someone who went on the Camino two years ago, I can safely say that the sitting down and drinking and talking happens on the Camino, too. Think of it as an extension of the Bar Sign–but with hiking boots. And red wine.

    Buen Camino!