Author Archives: Caro

About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.

CIM 2019: You vex me

I ran my one and only CIM in 2015. I finished, but with a time that left me wanting to try again. My one and done marathon dared me to do better. I tried again and had to drop my … Continue reading

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Young At Heart

I went on an overnight camping trip with a rather large group of lively young people. I did feel out of place in that I am closer to 60 than they (I’m guessing) are to 35. Why did I go? … Continue reading

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10 Things I Never Thought I Would Hear at Work

Written by Carolina Luevanos-Garcia on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 7:42pm I was told by my parents and other influential people, that I would someday be a professional woman, leading a group of highly intelligent people in the direction of … Continue reading

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ROaStEd NuTS

Written February 8, 2011 “You don’t understand what I mean.  When I say be home at 6 o’clock that means 6 O’clock not nine or ten!  I’m not putting up with this bull#$%*.  Now didn’t she tell you that you … Continue reading

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“It’s All a Blur. Like a Horrible Daymare!”

Written September 23, 2010 Batman taught Robin many lessons over the years. And in doing so, he taught us as well. The foundation of all his wisdom was about our civic duty to be on our best behavior at all … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name… is Guacamole

Written October 10, 2010 Be brave little bunnies and do not recoil from the words you are about to read.  For this is a tale of brutal honesty told in love and friendship.  I was born Carolina Luevanos.  Nothing more, … Continue reading

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You can’t be successful… and be humble(d).

I looked up the word, ‘humble’ in a couple of dictionaries. I started with the urban dictionary because when I Googled the word, the lyrics to Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Humble” came up. That wasn’t what I intended, but it let … Continue reading

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Sad Connections

An average writer can usually capture the pain of estrangement. How much more difficult is it to capture the indifference one might feel finding oneself in the same circumstance? Polite society dictates that if one is in the midst of … Continue reading

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Padrón Peppers

Yesterday, when I decided to write this note, I accidentally deleted the whole thing.  Needless to say, I closed the laptop and walked away quickly. But the more I think of it, the error I made is directly related to … Continue reading

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She Wore Her Stripers Well.

My difficulty in getting my tired body out of bed for a run is mental. I’m in the midst of recovering from a significant back injury and truthfully, movement is still painful. Routine helps me not “think about it” and … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch My Navel

This is one of the very last Washington Navel oranges plucked from my favorite tree in the back yard.  Please don’t tell my Valencia, my Satsuma or my Ruby Red Grapefruit trees because they will get their feelings hurt and … Continue reading

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Turn, Turn, Turn

I think I have an unhealthy relationship with time.  Ok, all you who know me even a little bit are ROTFLYAO… What evs! I need to streamline my use and misuse of time. This December 31 I decided to address … Continue reading

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Prune Without Fear

I’ve just completed 6 weeks of postoperative recovery after  Anterior L5 S1 Spinal Fusion procedure.  I feel much better although I am still quick to tire and often experience left leg pain, numbness and tingling as a result.  You might … Continue reading

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Co – Madres

When my daughter told me that she wanted to enroll my grandson in a home daycare in a town twenty minutes across a bridge and a river from us I was hesitant, to say the least.  She was convinced that … Continue reading

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I’m on my way…..

I haven’t been very active this past year.  What I mean is, in comparison to other times in my life.  I hurt my lower back in August of 2017 during my third straight weekend of running over ten miles while … Continue reading

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Walking Luna

Mixed earth and rain scents; solicit Metal clinking sounds on a key ring; alert House-bounds barking; agitate Anxious tugs; annoy Crunchy, semi-dead, partly soggy leaves; soothe Dinner smells; invite Wheels turning sharply on wet, oily asphalt; warn Beaming headlights; seek … Continue reading

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El Camino: Finisterre, Muxia, and Coast of Death

Zero Day: Travelling to the End of the Earth We have come to the end of our adventure. Tomorrow we board flights and head home.  Today was a relaxing, learn about Spain day. We took a tour to Fisterra and … Continue reading

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El Camino: Santiago de Compostela Zero

Zero Day: Santiago de Compostela Yesterday we arrived at Santiago de Compostela  however we arrived after the pilgrims mass had been conducted. Naturally then we decided to attend today, Sunday.  We were warned to get there an hour early to … Continue reading

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El Camino: Rua to Santiago de Compostela

Today’s trek: Rua to Santiago de Compostela We had only to walk about 18km or 11.25 miles. There was nothing to hurry for. Nothing to particularly see. As we walked we seemed to float along a path, not hovering, but … Continue reading

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El Camino: Arzua to Pedrouzo

Today’s trek: Arzua to Pedrouzo Today’s walk was not remarkable other than the knowledge that it is the second to last walk of our trip.  I spent the day with Lisa from Switzerland laughing and encouraging each other to go just … Continue reading

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El Camino: Palas de Rei to Arzua

Today’s trek: Palas de Rei to Arzua A few days ago I told a fellow pilgrim who was planning to get up super early to walk (in the dark and fog) that she should be cognizant that it would all be … Continue reading

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El Camino: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Today’s trek:  Portomarin to Palas de Rei Three more walking days.  As we arrived at Palos Del Rei we stopped to eat and sit for a minute. Judy had picked a restaurant for its view of the Camino so that she … Continue reading

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El Camino: Sarria to Portomarin

Today’s trek:  Sarria to Portomarin Walking among people from all countries and backgrounds is very interesting. The variety of sounds and languages my attention.  The one constant throughly out this process has been the sound of my footsteps. There is … Continue reading

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El Camino: Triacastela to Sarria

Today’s trek:  Triacastela to Sarria Oh what a glorious morning!  We left Triacastela just as the sun started to peek past some rather dark clouds but I held my ground and didn’t toss on a jacket. We started walking ready … Continue reading

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El Camino: O Cebriero to Triacastela

Today’s trek:  O Cebriero to Triacastela Morning came a little too soon for me but I decided I felt well enough to walk. I packed a light day backpack my genius daughter gave me and carried the equivalent of pedialyte … Continue reading

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El Camino: Herrerias de Valcarce to O Cebriero

Today’s trek: Herrerias Del Valcarce to O Cebriero Today was the trek that wasn’t. At least for me. Judy got out there and conquered the five mile climb with no problem. She even took pictures so I could use them … Continue reading

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El Camino: Villafranca del Bierzo to Herrerias de Valcarce

Todays Trek: Villafranco del Bierzo to Herrerias de Valcarce. Yesterday was not a good day. I’ve been fighting something. It’s either food poisoning or a virus which has affected my gut. I haven’t eaten, can’t sleep through more than an … Continue reading

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El Camino: Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo

Today’s Trek: Molinaseca to Villafranco del Bierzo Knowing you have to walk 19 miles can be a little daunting. As we walked I seemed to be stuck on a repetitive chant: Just focus on getting through today. Yesterday I ate … Continue reading

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El Camino: Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca

Today’s Trek: Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca Today started well with a great breakfast and an early start in the trail. I think everyone walking on our schedule might have been. Little more excited today than other days because we … Continue reading

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El Camino: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Todays Trek: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino We are all children of God. I went to evening vespers at a little church in Rabanal del Camino. I met the priest in the tiny gift shop and asked when the doors … Continue reading

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El Camino: Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga

Todays Trek: Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga The walk from Villadangos to Astorga was predictably long and hot but surprisingly fun. As we walked out of Villadangos we came across a man and I began to speak to him. Immediately … Continue reading

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El Camino: Leon to Villadangos del Paramo

Today’s trek: Leon to Villadangos del Paramo The man with the huge smile umbrella’d by a gray handlebar mustache said, “You went all the way to the canal didn’t you?” I made a face conveying shame and the table of … Continue reading

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El Camino: Leon Zero

Leon: Zero Day Waking late to a nice hot breakfast was the perfect start to our indulgent Zero Day in Leon. After a very pleasant laundry experience, (it’s the little things) we headed out to find and see the 13th … Continue reading

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El Camino: Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon

Todays trek: Mansilla de las Mulas to LEON! How do we conquer our mind? For some reason I had it in my head for the last few days that we would be walking many miles on the day we got … Continue reading

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El Camino: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas

Today’s trek: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de Las Mulas We left Burgo Ranero a little later than we would have liked. This means that the “short” (I can’t believe I called it short) 11 mile walk was a bit … Continue reading

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El Camino: Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero

Today’s trek: Sahagún to el Burgo Ranero. This morning we left Sahagún, the mileage midpoint for the Camino Frances. Getting to this point is an accomplishment in and of itself. We should arrive in Santiago on October 6. We are … Continue reading

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El Camino: Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún (Mid Point)

Today’s trek: Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún We spent the night in a hostal in Calzadilla de la Cueza where we were treated like family and enjoyed a marvelous meal. We retired early and left a window open in … Continue reading

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El Camino: Carrion de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza

Today’s trek: Carrion de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza We had a short but very hot walk from Carrion De los Condes to Calzadilla, a very small town with very nice people. By now you know that due to … Continue reading

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El Camino: Fromista to Carrion de los Condes

Todays trek: Fromista to Carrion de los Condes Imagine being happy that you only have about 13 miles to walk so you sleep in a little and have breakfast before heading out. Then you realize how hot it is and … Continue reading

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El Camino: Castrojeriz to Fromista

Today’s Trek: Castrojeriz to Formista Walking today reminded me that we walk in this manner every day. We get up hoping for the best and start our days with joyful expectation. Some days it goes as planned. Other days we … Continue reading

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El Camino: Hornillos to Castrojeriz

Today’s trek: Hornillos to Castrojeriz I was able to walk without constant focus on my feet today. Well, until the path turned rocky. But mostly it was a great day. We walked 12.5 miles from Hornillos to Castrojeriz. Hontanas, the … Continue reading

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El Camino: Burgos to Hornillo

Today’s trek: Burgos to Hornillos This morning we began our walk to Hornillos. Soon we were at the gate where they filmed the scene in which M. Sheen lost his back pack to a teenaged boy in the movie, The … Continue reading

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El Camino: Burgos Zero

Burgos. Zero day. We spent the day in Burgos getting chores done and exploring. The people here are so nice and have a great sense of humor. We started at the bank getting change for laundry. I was kicked out … Continue reading

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El Camino: S. Juan de Ortega to Burgos

Today’s Trek: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos. We left San Juan Ortega as per our normal routine with the exception that we were carrying damp clothes that just didn’t want to dry in our equally damp room. Once we … Continue reading

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El Camino: Belorado to S. Juan de Ortega

Today’s Trek: Belorado to San Juan de Ortega We woke up to an extra dark morning. A peak out the open balcony door revealed dark clouds overhead. The clothes left out to dry still wet. I felt annoyed. Another day … Continue reading

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El Camino: Santo Domingo to Belorado

Today’s trek: Santo Domingo to Belorado We’re sitting in a restaurant in Belorado amongst a large groups of peregrinos all talking about why they are walking the camino, how they feel, and how they are looking forward to the meal. … Continue reading

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El Camino: Najera to Santo Domingo

Todays trek: Najera to Santo Domingo After such long treks these past few days, walking 14 miles on mostly even trail seemed like a treat. We walked quietly through a two smaller towns and a number of grape fields. All … Continue reading

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El Camino: Logrono to Najera

Todays trek: Logroño to Najera We walked from Logroño to Najera today… then another two km to find our hostal. So all in all we walked 19 miles. Yep another step or two and I would have been crawling. But. … Continue reading

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El Camino: Los Arcos to Logroño

Today’s Trek: Los Arcos to Logroño Hiking can teach you a lot. Especially when you have to hike through the mud. There’s strategy to consider: do I tip toe? Use sticks or not? Hop over it? Walk around it or … Continue reading

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El Camino: Estella to Los Arcos

Today’s trek: Estella to Los Arcos As the day started I began to dread dressing my feet. After years of hiking I know where I get blisters and how they progress. I purchased some supplies the night before and decided … Continue reading

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El Camino: Puente la Reina to Estella

Today’s trek: Puente la Reina to Estella Another extremely hot day for those walking El Camino. The book describes our route as “gently rolling hills and delightful natural paths.” Uh, no. Rolling hills is like saying up, down, up, down, … Continue reading

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El Camino: Pamplona to Puente la Reina

Today’s trek:  Pamplona to Puente la Reina There’s a certain kind of comfort in putting on hiking boots even though the day before you couldn’t wait to get them off. The protection these boots provide is wonderful. But they are … Continue reading

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El Camino: Akerreta to Pamplona

Today’s trek: Akeretta to Pamplona. Have you ever noticed that everything that you fear but face anyway turns out not to be anything big at all? We walked 18 miles yesterday. I completely dreaded waking up this morning thinking I … Continue reading

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El Camino: Roncesvalles to Akerreta

Roncesvalles to Akerreta September 1st, 2018 The world is really not that big. Ok yes, it’s huge but if you venture out of your own little plot of real estate you might discover some astonishing things. We’ve made some friends … Continue reading

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El Camino: Orisson…to Roncesvalles

Today’s trek: Orisson to Roncesvalles Up and at em in Orisson… ok no. I woke up at 0730 and as a result we missed breakfast. Not to worry the night before we ordered lunch and eating some of that delicious … Continue reading

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El Camino: St. Jean…to Orisson

Today we received the first two stamps in our Pilgrims Credencial. As per my normal, I forgot the Spanish issues Credencial so I had to buy another (French) at the Pilgrims office. We left Saint Jean at ten am after … Continue reading

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El Camino: Travels to the Trailhead

Sacramento to San Francisco to Biarritz Beside the fact that my backpack grew overnight and weighs way too much, everything went pretty well on our journey today. We made all our connections, enjoyed our inflight meals, laughed at ourselves, and … Continue reading

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El Camino: Departure

Last night I finally felt ready enough to load my pack, sans camera equipment that will be carried everywhere I go. As I packed with the goal of keeping under 20 lbs in mind I asked myself, “Do I really … Continue reading

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El Camino: Packing and Unpacking

Judy and I met this morning, to talk a little about where we are with our lists of things to do and pack.  She has been on a trip for the last week or so and this is our first … Continue reading

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El Camino: Stuff just got real!

They say that El Camino de Santiago begins at your doorstep.  I beg to differ. I have been dreaming of doing this walk for at least 5 years.  I have watched movies about it, read about it, googled it until … Continue reading

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