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 & SONS BAGS: The O.G.2 carry-on is lightweight. There’s helpful pockets to carry all your items, even a place for shoes. I love the back panel sleeve that slips over the suitcase handle! Another Lo

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!