Right at the end of this 40km hike, we ended up here where all the pilgrims do. After having a big farewell dinner, we all went and had some more drinks, Then I headed out to take photos through the night till I was exhausted. I was already pretty tired just from the hike, but I used all the power I had left for one last sesh of photos.
Here’s our group of winsome travelers before we begin the 100km hike from Portugal to Santiago. We were a very slow moving group, and that’s just the way we liked it. One of the surprises of the trip was how mediocre the food was. I was fully expecting to have amazing tapas everywhere!
Here’s the first Machine Elf creation where I layer in a beautiful meditation from Mooji, one of my favorites at the art of a good mind-freeing session. Mooji is always quite relaxing and can help you stay zen when life gets a little too much. This is one of the more organic creations that is based on some different hidden symbology I’ve seen here in New Zealand.
Daily Photo – First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly
A few years ago I decided to walk the Camino with Kevin Kelly and a great group of people. On day one, we assembled here in Portugal right by the bridge that crosses into Spain. We had not even gotten started yet, and then we all decided to take a rest! 🙂 The walk may have had more talking and resting than walking, and that’s okay with me too!
When Sony announces a new camera and I explore the specs in the press release, it’s honestly too much for me to assess compared to my currently Address a7R Mark 3, so I use this site to compare the two. After seeing this, the only advantage I would actually use is the 8 extra megapixels. There are other good features, but I honestly would not use the difference… I don’t need to shoot 30FPS and the higher video specs are not useful to me, so I’ll just stick with what I have! 🙂
Daily Photo – The Angels Watched Over Me But Only Gave me Octopus
At the very end of the trail of the Santiago de Compostela, we ended up at the famous cathedral where all pilgrims finish their quest. Now, I’m not religious in the slightest, but that’s the same as many people that do the walk across Europe. It’s more of a journey of the self or whatever. Anyway, if there were these angels watching over me to keep me safe, and if they do have more power, I would have appreciated some better food along the way. I was super excited to eat all this amazing Spanish food, but everywhere just kind of served the same basic kind of food… and I could not go a meal without having an octopus tentacle on my plate.
Every day we would wake up before sunrise (not my favorite thing) to begin our long walk from Portugal to Spain along the Camino. There were 10 of us on the adventure, and we would usually pair up into random twos and have all sorts of conversations. We all mostly talked about science and philosophy, but we also talked about a bunch of really dumb things too!
Trey’s 360 Podcast – Craig Mod on hiking, writing, Japanese culture and Leica
On this walk along a section of the Camino in Spain I’m with Craig Mod ( https://craigmod.com/ ). He’s a fantastic writer with some amazing content on walking (hikes) which you should check out… maybe start with his Review of Beds which is fun 🙂 Anyway, in this chat we discuss Craig’s various hikes through Japan and some of his observations on their varied culture. We also talk about his evolution from film cameras to ultimately opting for Leica as his main travel companion.
NOTE: If this is your first time seeing a 360 Video, note you can grab the screen and look anywhere!
And here is the audio version if 360 isn’t your thing:
Daily Photo – The Boston Harbor
As one of the sunsets was winding up, I decided to start criss-crossing the bridges to see different vantage points. It’s such an easy (and fun!) city to photograph. I ended up doing a few different long exposures, and this one turned out to be my favorite one.
In this episode, while walking on the El Camino in Spain, I talk with Kevin Kelly about one of his many projects, the 10,000 Year Library. And yes, you can participate! It’s a really fun concept… I won’t spoil it!
When we went to the crazy library in Tianjin, we decided to have some fun and do some posed shots. That Curtis there on the right and the lady on the left was one of the ladies from the Ritz-Carlton that brought us here. She is probably the most giggly person I have ever met in my life. Literally, anything I would say or do would make her giggle uncontrollably. But, I actually like this quality in people… I like when they laugh at my jokes even when they make absolutely no sense.
Matt Mullenweg is not just the founder of WordPress and now Automattic, but he was also my lucky roommate on this week-long 200km hike through Spain. Not only is he warm at night, but he really knows how to work that loofa in the shower. We share many commonalities including the love of writing, Burning Man, hiking, and experimental and self-exploration use mind-expanding substances.
What do we talk about?
His inspiration for WordPress and his mindset
Comments on blogs
What is his main gig now, Automattic?
Texas boys say hi to their moms
What did Matt learn that he didn’t expect to learn?
Meditation and the Stoic philosophers
Why do we blog?
It appears one of my photos was used for some funky dresses at a fashion show in Sri Lanka. Nothing says the effective end of a religious non-Catholic civil war better than a flowing gown adorned in a Catholic cathedral.
Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel From Above
This was one of my most scary quad flights! I ended up getting some really cool photos of this place (this one included), but there was a lot of concern in getting the quad safely back home. Luckily, Curtis and Tane were there as spotters to make sure nothing went awry. You’ll see a scene from this same spot in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht video I posted a few days ago.
When I was invited on this 150km hike in Spain with 10 people, I didn’t know most of them. But I did a little googling ahead of time so I would get a sense of the sorts of characters I’d be stuck with for a week. One of them was Aaron Lammer, who was easy to get-to-know because he has three podcasts. One of them is on cryptocurrency, one of them is about weed, and one of them is about long-form writing. I only listened to the crypto ones and I was immediately impressed by his approach to the subject matter.
What impressed me the most was his openness in his understated approach of “I don’t know anything about Crypto, but let’s figure this out as we go along by talking with other experts and funny, strange stories from the crypto world.” Note that isn’t an exact quote, but that was basically his pitch for the show.
Wondering about the lovely face behind the voice? Here’s Aaron…
Daily Photo – Walking Along the Glacier
I visited this glacier every day for three days in a row. It was so amazing to be able to walk right up and touch it. I was a little scared, of course, hoping that part of the glacier did not calve off and fall on me! But, it’s not melting down here, so there was very little chance of that. Either way, I’ll admit, I was definitely on high-alert while being in the middle of awe.
Trey Ratcliff’s 360 Podcast – Discussing World Building with Author Hugh Howey
In this podcast I’m walking on the Camino de Santiago with author of the popular Silo series, Hugh Howey. We discuss World Building, which is the process fiction writers go through to create the fundamentals of the situation in which the story takes place.
And so you can put a face to the voice, here’s Hugh and some other guy on the Camino…
Behind the Scenes from the Vessel in NYC
Here is a little behind the scenes action from NYC. The awesome Professor Hines was kind enough to arrange access to The Vessel at sunset and he brought along his fashion designer friend DrissFit96 for some portrait action too…