“2 Boomer Broads” podcast asked all sorts of questions about how this baby boomer (ME!) trekked the El Camino Real. We discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly. I tired to convince the sexagenarians to tackle the trial. They said the sofa sounded more appealing. Me, too. Thanks Sharone & Rebecca for the laughs!

From spending Christmas paddling with feral piggies in the Bahamas to publicity on my 800-mile mission walk, my life seems to run the gamut. Jessie Festa, editor of the blog Jessie on a Journey, conducted a recent Q&A with me asking lessons learned during my hike, memorable local encounters, and how to prepare for this journey.

People ask me what I pack in my carry-on when I hit the friendly skies. Here’s the list… —————- LO & SON’S BAG: This carry-on is lightweight. There’s a million pockets to carry all my items. I LOVE the back panel sleeve that slips over the handles of my suitcase! https://www.loandsons.com/the-og?product=56 —————– PILLOW & BLANKET: Many airlines

The Mission Inn Hotel filled their shelves with my book in time for Christmas. I’m humbled by the number purchased in stores and online over the past few weeks for holiday gifts! Thanks everyone! I hope my hike will inspire others to tackle the El Camino Real hike to visit California’s 21 missions.

Editor extraordinair, Elizabeth Hansen, of the award-winning ‪#‎AuthenticLuxuryTravel‬ website, asked me to write a post on my 800-mile mission walk, sharing with her readers the landmark’s backgrounds, scenic sections for day hikes, and posh places to stay along the route. I was very fortunate to stay at three of California’s nicest hotels along my route…

  The San Diego Press Club certainly knows how to throw a fabulous journalism awards show! Good food. Good people. Good time. Very proud to receive first, second, and third place awards for my TV travel interviews!