I teach 5th grade at the most amazing school in Seattle! I love backpacking, motorcycles, and Washington State University football.
  • Day54

    Santiago de Compostela

    July 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    470 miles later I’m here!

    Rachel Roosma

    Beautiful! Matt!!!! I'm so proud of you for this journey!!! For how amazing this was to watch and ba part of from far away!!!

    Joe Albin

    You freaking animal! Congrats buddy.

    mark Kreiter

    Good job brother! Brett Farve wanted to know if that was a copper fit band on your right knee?

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  • Day48

    Villafranca to O'cebreiro

    July 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Now today was something very different than yesterday. The word of the day is UP!!! Up, up, and more up. I walked 20k on a nice uphill climb, the last 10k were amazing and were the last major challenge of the Camino. When I reached the top, I reached the highest point on my trip and entered the region of Galicia. This area was settled by the Celtic people because of its geography and similarity to the green and rainy regions they came from. They fought the Romans for years before becoming part of Spain and still maintain their unique architectures and way of life. It is my favorite region of the trip so far. I am now reaching the last week of the journey and looking forward to the end and great full for all of my experiences. All is well and keep on smiling.Read more

    Joe Albin

    Dude that is so amazing. Keep hammsri g down and crush it!🙏🙏🙌🙌🙌🤘🤘🤘


    Way to go Matt! So close😃


    Final stretch ! You rock. Will be thinking of you as you complete this amazing journey

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  • Day47

    Molinaseca to Villafranca

    July 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Not much to say about this section as most of it was walking out of the town of Ponferrada. There was an amazing Templar castle In Ponferrada though and I walked through a ghost town just before Villafranca. All is well and keep on smiling.Read more

  • Day46

    Rabanal to Molinaseca

    July 23, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today was tough to put into words to adequately describe all of the walk. The pictures and videos will help some I hope. The mountainous path contained many sections of what I have lovingly named the monks whip after the catholic monks that will practice that sort of thing and made famous in the DaVinci Code. These are long sections of very rocky and uneven paths that relentlessly pound your feet. All that said it was the only part that wasn’t absolutely soul filling and breathtaking. After the first 7 kilometers we came to the iconic Cruz de Ferro. The tradition of the Cruz de Ferro is to bring along a rock from home, carry it with you, and leave it behind at the cross. The rock is to be a symbol or metaphor of your message to God. When I started this journey, this point in the trip did not hold much significance, but as with so many things on the Camino I now understand it is an important piece of what is the whole. This is the spiritually broken section of the Camino that is beautiful and full of symbolism as when we let go, we are then free to move forward. With my rock I leave behind my thanks for my amazing life and moving forward, my request for forgiveness, and prayers of healing for my father, a dear friend, and others I have met along the Camino. There are many things so worth holding onto in this life and so many we hold onto that we need to set free. Today, walking amongst beautiful purple flowers, mountains, and old villages was a blessing. All is well and keep on smiling.

    “The moment I let go of it.
    Was the moment I got more than I could handle.
    The moment I jumped off of it.
    Was the moment I touched down.”
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    Matt, the life and stories in those villages! I continue to be inspired by your pictures and words. My thoughts are with you each day. May you continue to focus on the jewels of life to embrace and those to shed. Having gratitude can be a hard but powerful habit!


    oops! pushed send. Also, Paige and I enjoyed watching the laundry process! I do appreciate my washing machine! Caroline

    Brooke Einstein


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  • Day44

    San Martin to Astorga

    July 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Astorga is a beautiful city full of art, architecture, and chocolate. There is a Gaudi designed castle straight out of a Disney movie and 5 chocolatiers along with a beautiful cathedral and massive murals. As we entered the town of Hospital de Órbigo we crossed an Ancient Roman bridge and there were wooden structures were they still have jousting tournaments during festival times. I began the climb out of the meseta and it was a nice relief from all the flat straight walks. All is well and keep on smiling.Read more

    Brooke Einstein

    It has been amazing to follow your steps. The pictures are fantastic! Can't wait to hear all about it in person.

    Lisa Boveng

    Matt - what a journey. I am loving following this. I think of you daily

    Michele Malo

    Happy trails, it's all down hill from here.

  • Day43

    Leon to San Martin

    July 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    León is a beautiful city and I would definitely come back to visit and spend more time there. I came across a store named Taste of America so I was interested to see what was sold there. Every type of junk food you could ever want. They had flavors of Pringle chips I could never have imagined in my worst nightmares and strawberry Twinkies. I woke up ready to walk and set out for the day. It was another pretty flat walk, but I see the mountains ahead getting bigger. I have included some pictures of what is called an alburge which are places along the Camino for people to stay. They cost between 8-12 dollars per night and are communal living arrangements. It is a great place to see people, eat, rest, and do your laundry. All is well and keep on smiling.Read more

  • Day41

    Mansilla to Leon

    July 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I have been looking forward to this day for a long time! I have made it to León which means there are only 300 Km left to Santiago. It also means a day of rest which will be the first day since I’ve started that I can sleep in and enjoy the city. It is not a long walk so I was able to go to the cathedral and wander the streets a bit. This a a beautiful big city and has much better energy than Burgos did. I will pick up when we head back on the road. All is well and keep on smilingRead more

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