As I stand on the brink of my fourth Camino journey, and the third within a span of three years, I can’t help but reflect on the blessings that have paved the way for this recurring adventure. Indeed, I am fortunate to have the support of my loving family, the flexibility of my job, and the financial means to make this happen. While the Camino might not be the most extravagant of overseas travel options, it certainly requires resources, and for this, I am eternally grateful to everyone who’s made it possible for me to return time and again to this transformative pilgrimage.

Josie at Park Guell in Barcelona

The spotlight of this journey will be on sharing this enriching experience with my daughter, Josie. After having taken our sons on the Camino several times, the question naturally arose, “When will it be the girls’ turn?” And most frequently, “When will your wife get her chance?” Both are valid queries, especially the latter, considering the numerous sacrifices my beloved wife makes for our family. Though I cannot address the second question just yet, I am thrilled to be answering the first one this summer.

As autumn approaches, Josie will be transitioning to high school. This change is monumental for our family, as we have always homeschooled our children until their freshman year. It’s been our tradition to mark this significant milestone with a special trip with Dad, and it seems the Camino has become our destination of choice.

I am brimming with anticipation and excitement as I prepare to share the next couple of weeks with Josie. I look forward to deepening our bond and getting to know her in new, profound ways. The Camino will provide us with endless hours together, allowing us to step out of our normal routine, unplug from the daily grind, and immerse ourselves in a shared adventure. It’s an opportunity for us to experience new things together, build lasting memories, and strengthen our father-daughter relationship on this soul-enriching journey.