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The Way of St. James – Spain 2014

9/30/14

Remembering the children — The Camino trek up, down and across Spain benefits overweight children in Southern Indiana.

Three clinics are housed at St.Vincent hospital ministries at Salem, Jennings and Dunn. Donations are largely used for scholarships to ensure access and availability for all. Thanks to generous people like you, approximately $120,000 has been raised for these three ministries. Please support 2trek4kids. See the Camino brochure on this blog to learn more about L.I.F.E. for Kids (Lifetime Individual Fitness and Eating). God Bless you!

–Walter

 

backpack pic

Prayer

Rabbi Arnold’s Prayer, above — My good friend, Rabbi Arnold, shared this prayer with me before I went to Kilimanjaro in 2009. I have carried it with me on all my expeditions praying it daily as I do now here in Spain. See the two words precisely in the middle to note how fitting the prayer is on The Way of St.James. Feel free to use this prayer in your own life.

9/23/14

Two rainbows in 24 hours! In the book of James (for whom the Camino is named) God is called “The Father of lights.” He provided two beautiful rainbows in 24 hours. Sunrises and trekking in the predawn star plus moonfilled sky = awesome! Beyond halfway, thankfully. Some aches and pains are developing, so prayers, if you please!

Rainbow 1 Rainbow 2

9/17/14

Elohim, the Creator God’s awesomeness is abundant! Here are some beautiful sunrises for you to enjoy. Enjoy! Buen Camino…

Sunrise 1 Sunrise 2

 

Sunrise 3

SACRED SPACES — These date back to before Columbus sailed to America… More and more man-made magnificence to honor the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, those chapels at Salem, Dunn and Jennings remain beautiful worship spaces.

Borges Cathedral 2

Borges Cathedral

Above: Borges Cathedral. It is breathtaking, so buckle up!

Sacred Space 2

Sacred Space 3

Sacred Space

Above: some additional close up views in Borges Cathedral. The last picture above is a cathedral in Logrono. This one dates back to the 1300′s!

Look closely at the backpack in the picture below! I am pointing to the picture on the backpack poster and the real view is behind me. You may need to enlarge it a bit. Hopefully, you will see I am sitting in front of what I am holding! All for now. Connectivity is very spotty. Prayers to our patients and families, clinician, donors, blog followers, friends and family. God Bless!

 

Backpack vs Real

British Friends

PS — Met some extraordinary British mates, Mike and Paul, who befriended me and with whom I have had great fellowship – Buen Camino

9/13/14

WALTER - Happy Anniversary on Saturday to Andy and Jill!!

Here are a few more pictures of my recent treks.

Saints Andrew and Dominic

Saints Andrew and Dominic — My sons Dom and Andy have namesake recognition on Camino.

Interior San Andres Church

Interior and exterior views (above) of the striking San Andres (St.Andrew) Church are shown. I lit a devotional candle here. My godmother, Aunt Angie, often lit such candles. These electronic devotions are available at St.Vincent Salem and Dunn!

St. Dominic

St.Dominic made significant roadway contributions to Camino and is revered for a lifesaving miracle. And, St.Andrew, of course, was an apostle of Jesus.

Dom village

Dom (Santo Domingo) has an entire village and a beautiful cathedral bearing his name. Here is one of the historical markers.

Balancing Act

Balancing Acts — Camino produces interesting ways to use your time while walking 500 miles!

Fernando

Fernando shows me how!

I'm trying

And, I successfully do the balancing act… sort of!

Cheers from Camino

Cheers from Camino! Thank you for your prayers, and your messages, and your prayers and your donations!! God bless.

9/9/14

Here are some random views from the last 24 hours of Camino with small descriptions.

 

hay bales

Wheat in rectangular bales in a stack maybe 30′ feet high x 100′ long and 40′ wide.

red spanish soil

The rich red Spanish earth amid the rolling countryside.

sheep 1

A shepard and his dogs managing a huge flock of sheep I played chicken with! Another view of the sheep below.

sheep 2

guess the crop

Minutes before the sheep excitement, a staple crop in Spain grows. First blog follower to identify the crop wins a prize!

entertainment

Musical entertainment at the overnight hostel. It was a tranquil and rich version of karaoke in Spanish and Japanese voices.

Camino trail

The Camino less traveled — I was hoping you would be able to see the near full moon setting above the road. I was out by 6:15 to beat the heat!

9/8/14

WALTER — Only 419.3 miles to go! On my own now as my Columbus friends are home or elsewhere in Spain. The hot weather is in the 90′s. Fortunately, overcast skies have helped. Spanish food is really tasty and agrees with me. The church buildings are incredible. The beautiful Catholic Church I am down the street from dates to the 12th century. It is the Church of San Pedro de la Rua in Estella, Spain. It has been here since before St.Vincent was born, and no, that isn’t my bike! Please continue your prayers for my trek and partner with us to fight childhood obesity.

church

9/6/14

WALTER — Thistles along Camino remind me of the beautiful Beatitudes stained glass window at the St.Vincent Jennings Chapel!

Yhistles

9/4/2014

WALTER — With my Columbus friends. Camino commences from France on Wednesday morning. Haro’s, Eckerly’s and Waltero!

 

 

Columbus Friends

WALTER – Crossing over from France into Spain. Eduardo Eckerly and Waltero after a major league morning climb over the Pyrenees Mountains!

Crossing from France into Spain

9/2/2014

WALTER — Today I am on the bus to Pampalona, Spain (where they run with the bulls!) Then, on to St. Jean where the trek will begin tomorrow!

8/31/2014

Farewell selfies with the family! These pictures were taken on Sunday before I left for my flight. The first picture is with my grandson Drew Glvoer and his parents, Andy and Jill, along with Lori. Second picture is with my granddaughter Siena Glover and her parents, Dominic and Kathryn, and Lori.  

Farewell1 Farewell2

 

Photo at the top of the page: Mount Columbus — Walter standing at the top of the Observation Tower at Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana. Walter will fly to Spain for the El Camino/Way of St.James trek on August 31. As the banner indicates, Walter will be raising funds for THREE hospitals this year. St.Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon, Indiana recently reimplemented the LIFE program.

08/21/2014

500 MILES OF EL CAMINO / THE WAY OF ST. JAMES IN SPAIN

Camino Brochure[1]

Buckle Up – Here We Go Up (And Down) Again:

El Camino / The Way of St. James beckons!

i will be trekking 500 miles up and down and across Spain beginning in the Pyrenees Mountains of France in early September. And this climb / trek intends to raise more money to combat youth obesity for the clinics at the Southern Indiana St.Vincent ministeries. Farewellin and departure are a few sunrises away. Six weeks later on 11 October  – God willing  – the adventure will reach a successful conclusion in western coastal Spain. 

So “Beunos dias” and hello from 2trek4kids.

Remember me :) ? ! 

It’s been several months since you have received an update !

And those days have been full.

The Update: 

-The youth weight managment prevention / treatment programs are successful! Enrollment in the L.I.F.E. (Lifetime Individual Fitness and Eating) youth weight management clinics at St.Vincent Salem, St.Vincent Jennings, and St.Vincent Dunn continue to progress with almost 100 children having participated. The youth and adolescent patients have lost weight; More importantly, their BMI (Body Mass Index) scores have been lowered. And the clinicians report the kids have had a lot of fun while learning their new skills.

- Funds raised from you wonderfully generous donors to the three St. Vincent clinics exceeded $110,000 before the Camino fundraising campaign began. With the advent of the current expedition’s fundraising, already we have received numerous gifts small and large, including a number of leadership gifts to all three ministeries. The donations are primarily used for scholarships for kids to participate in the clinics. Notably, several of these recent Camino gifts have come from first time givers to 2Trek4Kids. All donations are welcome.  In addition, some of the funds raised for the program at St.Vincent Salem are being used to purchase exercise equipment to be used for the LIFE program.

- A non-fiction book chronicling my expedition experiences on five of the world’s seven summits mountains (+ two Rainiers) was begun after I returned from the Rainier II Re-do Climb in June, 2013. I completed the manuscript 365 days later – vigilantly working on it every day throughout the year. And, a publisher has expressed interest! More work is ahead to be sure. The themeatic of the book concerns the spirituality of the mountains. A portion of the proceeds (presuming publication and sales) :) will benefit 2trek4kids.  

- Since retirement on St.Vincent’s birthday in April 2013, my time has been richly full – “The only problem with retirement is you don’t get a day off,” said Blurb Klingelhoffer; and I agree with his humorous / sage sentiment. My volunteerism inclues a bereavement role with the patients and family members at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, continuing my long-time bereavment role with Wings for the Journey for moms and dads who mourn the death of a child in the Bartholomew county area, accepting an invitation to begin a loss group for the Mill Race Senior Center for bereft spouses in Columbus, and helping coordinate the Indiana Healthcare Bicycle Challenge to combat youth obesity. Did I mention continuing to raise awareness and funds for 2Trek4Kids?

-Grandchildren are such a gift. Granddaughter Siena is five; Grandson Drew’s arrival is news to many of you, since he was born just before Thanksgiving. My sons and their lovely wives and the grandkids are wonderful families.

-If you don’t already know…Lori is back in Indiana from Colorado Children’s Hospital – gift. Can it be four Summers ago that we stood atop the summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia ? !

-My Medical Dream Team at the St.Vincent Heart Center and here in Columbus recently evaluated my wellness at A+ – praise the Lord. Imagine a fella with three aneurysms and a “graduate”  of open heart surgery pointing to five of the Seven Summits, two Rainier climbs, and now toward a 500 mile trek. How blessed am I?

-And, my training goes well for Camino. I am eager and thrilled for the next challenge. I feel humble, confident and poised for the adventure ahead – a pilgrimmage rich with sacred tradition and Catholic history; Although our St.Vincent, the historical figure himself, though ministering in France “next door,” apparently didn’t journey this way. The trek is up and and down and across Spain, beginning in the Pyrenees Mountains. We go up as high as 5,000 feet (well 4,490), and we trek 500 miles (well 496) from start to finish. The guidebook suggests some of the most arduous (meaning mountainous routes with lengths of 18 and 19 miles a day) are at the beginning and end of the trek. Just when you’re getting started / finishing up – Who planned that? Say prayers!

-You know what is coming next :) :

I have attached the brochure for the Camino expedition above.

As the brochure says:

“There is no finish line in helping overweight kids.

“2trek4kids intends to downsize youth obesity.

“And to do that, amid struggles for funds, we need you.” 

And we need your checkbook :).

And your prayers.

Please partner with us. All gifts are invited and welcome. If you are in a position to consider a leadership gift of $1 a mile ($500), that would be awesome generosity.

What does Scripture say about God loving a cheerful giver?

If you wish to trek with me in Spain – Hurry up and get in touch ! 

And while you can’t be alongside me in Spain, you still may – “Join the Camino Expedition.”

With this email we are re-activating the expedition blog. Presuming all international connections work as expected, I will send reports back from Camino to you blog readers. And, you can send notes of encouragement to me, if you wish. I will appreciate all the cheerleading I can get! Not to mention your prayers. The blog site is:

2trek4kids.org. 

Thank you for reading.

May God bless you.   

Wally 

(Waltero = name in Spanish :)

 

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22 Oct 2013

Happy Autumn and Happy Anniversary.

What we call Indian Summer in the flatlands of Indiana has begun – beautiful crisp mornings; golden sun bathing red, yellow and green tree leaves with a bright sheen; some gossamer spider webs still blow in the fall breeze their tenants MIA, and the final crickets’ song sounds. One year ago today, 22 Oct 2012, I began the first day of the rest of my life with open heart surgery. Nine months later in June you may know I was back at Mount Rainier for the Re-Do II Climb. A year after open heart surgery my wellness is A+; Thanks God.

Above is a picture of Walter pointing to the summit of Mount Rainier!

This is a brief update on my time since Rainier II. I expect this will be the last update until the next expedition – in 2014 to Spain…El Camino, The Way of St. James.

NEWS MEDIA SITES

2 Trek 4 Kids, the mountains and I were recently featured in the news media. Information on sites is noted below.  

- WTIU is the PBS station at Indiana University in Bloomington. To see the video, Google WTIU, then Weekly Special, Indiana Spotlight, find me and the mountains, and then scroll to bottom to view the full episode – it takes about six minutes of screen time. I so appreciated WTIU’s contacting me and Sarah Curtiss’ creative profile.  

- Facetofaceradio.com aired a program a couple of weeks after WTIU. A Christian radio program that interviews many baseball major leaguers, other pro athletes, as well as amateurs, the station was interested in the mountain climbs and how they have served as my witness. Tom Rust did an amazing job. Google the sight – On the home page I show up between major leaguers.

- And “The Criterion,” the Indianapolis Archdiocesan newspaper, captured the spirituality of the mountain climbs and how this has informed my theology and life in an article back in August. We’ll try and get “The Criterion” piece on the 2Trek4Kids blog site under the “Media” tab. John Shaughnessy wrote a profound and rich article.

NEXT

The Way of St. James, a trek across northwest Spain which requires a month and more of daily trekking (over 500 miles total), will be my next fund-raiser. It will be deeply spiritual as I trek where the Apostle James (New Testament) evangelized. My quest for the Seven Summits will preclude Antarctica’s Vinson Massif and Denali/McKinley in Alaska. In consultation with my Medical Dream Team and through my own pondering, prayers and prudence, I have imposed a ceiling of 14,000 feet for future expeditions. Heck, Colorado alone has 50 14teeners I’m told. Fundraising for youth obesity, and for children, continues; The climbing emphasis was re-imagined.

There are dozens of sites about El Camino on the internet. If you would like to learn more Google: Spain -The Way of St. James or visit Wikipedia, it has a detailed explanation about the trek. There is also a YouTube entry entitled “The Way of St. James – More Than Just a Journey” is a colorful four minute video.  

IN APPRECIATION

Speaking of Colorado, Lori Walton, RN BSN, who brought L.I.F.E. for Kids, the clinical weight management program model to our three southern Indiana hospital ministries, has re-located to Colorado. There she will continue to work with young obese patients through the Children’s Hospital Colorado in suburban Denver. Her new location is one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States. Thank you Lori for a-l-l you did for St. Vincent Jennings and Salem and Dunn – and of course for what you did at St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. May God bless you and your transition.

RETIREMENT

Some notes from my retirement, in progress six months on 25 Oct:

-I am now volunteering with Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in my community of Columbus, in a bereavement role. I continue my volunteerism with Wings for the Journey in Columbus, a group for moms and dads whose children have died. And I continue volunteering with Baptist Homes of Indiana’s Ministry on Aging.

 -I resumed trekking having taken the summer off. Yes my 22 pound back pack still has kitty litter – yes, fresh kitty litter. I cross-train – mostly on a bicycle; occasionally I play tennis.

-I listened to many of you, at whose urging I have commenced a book on the mountains – the working title is “Seven Mountain Story.” If you think I have a lot to say – Get this: The book already is at 157,000 written words :). The esteemed Thomas Merton wrote a book called “The Seven Storey Mountain”…Hope you excuse my title Fr. Thomas. He was one of the great Catholic thinkers.

-And, drum roll, I have more time with my sons and their families, and the arrival of a new grandson is imminent.

LASTLY

You know I couldn’t write to you without kindly asking you to continue your support for 2Trek4Kids. May I ask you to please consider one more donation this year to help St. Vincent Salem or St. Vincent Dunn, in Bedford. Dunn has more kids enrolled than ever in its youth obesity program; the Salem program runs at near capacity. Your dollars are used primarily for scholarships to subsidize children enrolled in the program. We have been blessed by your past generosity. The expeditions to five of the Seven Summits and the two Rainier climbs have raised awareness of youth obesity and have raised $102,000 to treat it in southern Indiana. How about one more donation this year, please? I’ll not ask again…until El Camino next year :).

Checks are payable to either:

-St.Vincent Dunn Hospital Foundation, 1600 23rd St., Bedford, IN47421.

-St. Vincent Salem Hospital, 911 N. Shelby St., Salem, IN, 47167.

Note 2Trek4Kids in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible.

 

God bless you, Walter  

 

13 thoughts on “The Way of St. James – Spain 2014

  1. Lori

    Wally,
    Your commitment is an inspiration to us all. I look forward (as all of your fans do) to reading your book and hearing more about your next adventure. Our love, support and prayers for you and your cause will continue to follow wherever you go.
    Lori

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  2. Lori

    We are all with you in spirit on your amazing 500 mile adventure trekking the Way of St. James. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. I promise I’ll rub you’re feet when you get back :).
    BUEN CAMINO!!!
    Lori

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  3. Steve Fisher

    Wally,

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Don’t let any “rampaging” bulls deter your journey on El Camino. All your friends at St. Vincent Salem and Dunn are supporting you. God’s speed and blessing.

    Steve

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  4. Dan & Deb Meno

    We are celebrating the beginning of your 500 mile trek across Spain in the path of St. James.
    Praying for good health and strength both spiritually and physically as you start this wonderful journey.
    May all those who meet you during this time come away with the Good News you of Christ and Wally Glover. God Bless You! Dan and Deb Meno, Indianapolis, IN.

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  5. Joe Heldt

    Waldo, have a great experience. Sure seems like a lot of walking. Please determine if the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain or somewhere else.

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  6. susie miller

    i too am with you in spirit and hoping for cooler weather for you. the spanish food is great and i would recommend a lovely rioja with it! praying for you on your journey.

    love, susie

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  7. susie miller

    beautiful pictures! have you been able to stroll through any vineyards ? hope the weather has gotten cooler. are you seeing a lot of windmills ? you have always been good at tilting!

    love, susie

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  8. Owen

    Two plus weeks in – hope that things are going well and that we could send you some of our cooler weather. May your path be lite with all of the stars in heaven!

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  9. Sheryl T.

    God’s Blessings, Wally!
    Thank you for all the wonderful comments and pictures!
    Keeping you in thought and prayer as you near the completion of this amazing journey!!
    Sheryl T

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