The scallop shell is the symbol of St. James & the marker of Pilgrims on el Camino de Santiago. My dear friend Beverly West Leach - from my CCAD days- made this scallop shell in memory of Ryan for me to carry on el Camino.
In May & June 2019, I walked el Camino de Santiago across the north of Spain. I walked the Camino for more than 1,000 kilometers (about 600 miles) from the foothills of the Pyrenees in France at St. Jean Pied de Porte, into Spain, to Santiago de Compostela, and then out to Finisterre and Muxia, the most Western tips of Spain. I walked to honor the entwining of the physical and spiritual in human experience, and to commemorate the memory of a loved one. I was on the Camino for 40 days, and my blog tells the launch only from my first 10 days of that journey. Two months after returning home, in September I gave a talk, which expands on perspectives that emerged throughout the entire journey. It is available here in this video of a narrated powerpoint.