Sunday, July 11, 2021


Perseverance pays off. On Thursday July 8th, Kurt and I embarked on our long awaited pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes. Well aware of that pilgrimages come with obstacles, it was no surprise that our first flight was canceled due to tropical storm Elsa. Catching a plane the next day, we eventually arrived in Barcelona and were greeted by our friends Gerardo and Gonzalo. We didn't waste any time though. The boys quickly drove us up to the Cerdanya valley nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains.

The Catholic Cowboy Crew: Kurt, Gerardo, Ol' Father, and Gonzalo

The first order of business was to scope out the terrain. No better way than on steel horses.

When the boys were 15 they started handcraft construction on this hunting camp.

A couple years later they had it ready for action.

The family has a summer home in the little town of Guils.

Meals have been off the charts. No hurry here. Mom and dad made us a mediterranean lunch and around 10pm we had dinner.

No better view of the town then from the bell tower of the local church.

Here we celebrated Sunday morning Mass. This church is about 1000 years old.

Simple beauty.

Of course we invited the rest of the clan in the neighborhood. 

This afternoon we travel to Lourdes France to see our Blessed Mother. This has been the driving force of our mission. No doubt we will hit bumps in the road. But, in typical Catholic Cowboy fashion, we won't give up easy. On to the next one...

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