Silicon Valley, California Chapter

The Silicon Valley Chapter of American Pilgrims occupies the South San Francisco Bay area in California. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the South Bay area.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact Chapter coordinators Pat Day, Betsy Fullagar and Judy Barnes at SiliconValley@americanpilgrims.org for more information. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela
• There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but THIS is our take on the topic.


EVENTS:
Scheduled Events

LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA
Holiday Social
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

22880 Old Santa Cruz Hwy
Los Gatos CA  95033

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter to celebrate the holidays! Potluck, so please bring a dish to share. Parking is limited- carpooling is encouraged. We hope to see you all there!

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Packing for the Camino
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

So you've decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, or maybe you're just thinking about it. You know how to pack for a vacation in Hawaii, but how do you pack for a hike in Spain? Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino at the REI Saratoga Store for an evening of Camino talk. Camino veterans will discuss their equipment and clothing, including what worked, what didn't work and why. They will also talk a bit about what to expect when on the Camino.

REI Saratoga Store
400 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, CA 95130

Space is limited. You need to register for this event on line at REI.com/stores/Saratoga or call 408-871-8765.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA
Packing for the Camino
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

So you've decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, or maybe you're still thinking about it. You know how to pack for a vacation in Hawaii, but how do you pack for a hike in Spain?

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino for an evening of Camino talk. Camino veterans will discuss their equipment and clothing, including what worked, what didn't work and why. They will also talk a bit about what to expect when on the Camino.

REI Mountain View
2450 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA 94043

Space is limited. You need to reserve on line at www.rei.com/stores/mountain-view or call the store at 650-969-1938.

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LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA
Meet and Greet
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Panera Bread
15200 Lost Gatos Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Drop by, buy a cup of coffee and some food and chat with others in the Silicon Valley Chapter about the Camino. This is a great opportunity for folks who are thinking about or planning to walk the Camino to talk with Camino veterans about equipment, clothing, routes, etc!

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MARINA, CALIFORNIA
Packing for the Camino
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

So you've decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, or maybe you're still thinking about it. You know how to pack for a vacation in Hawaii, but how do you pack for a hike in Spain?

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino for an evening of Camino talk. Camino veterans will discuss their equipment and clothing, including what worked, what didn't work and why. They will also talk a bit about what to expect when on the Camino.

REI Marina
145 General Stilwell Drive
Marina, CA 93933

Space is limited. You need to reserve on line at www.rei.com/stores/Marina or call the store at 831-883-8048.

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SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
Packing for the Camino
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

So you've decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, or maybe you're still thinking about it. You know how to pack for a vacation in Hawaii, but how do you pack for a hike in Spain?

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino for an evening of Camino talk. Camino veterans will discuss their equipment and clothing, including what worked, what didn't work and why. They will also talk a bit about what to expect when on the Camino.

REI San Carlos
1119 Industrial Road, Suite 1B
San Carlos, CA 94070

Space is limited. You need to register for this event on line at REI.com/stores/SanCarlos or call 650-508-2330.

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LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA
Shell Ceremony and Potluck
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm

22880 Old Santa Cruz Hwy
Los Gatos, 95033

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a Shell Ceremony and blessing for pilgrims walking the Camino for the first time in 2018. The scallop shell is a symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Wearing the shell denotes that one is a pilgrim, so pilgrims often attach the shell to their backpacks or wear it around their neck during their Camino. Pilgrims walking the Camino for the first time in 2018 will receive a shell and blessing. Bring a dish to share and we'll all enjoy a potluck lunch following the Shell Ceremony. All are welcome!

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SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA
Meet and Greet
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Drop by, buy a cup of coffee or some food and chat with others in the Silicon Valley Chapter about the Camino. This is a great opportunity for folks thinking about or planning to walk the Camino to talk with Camino veterans about routes, equipment, clothing, etc! Hope to see you there!

Panera Bread
118 E. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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WOODSIDE, CALIFORNI
Hike in Huddart Park
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a hike at Huddart Park. Meet at the Woodside Elementary School at the corner of Woodside Road and Albion. (3195 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062) Parking is available at the school. We'll walk from the school into Huddart Park. The first stop will be at 2 miles. There willl be options for 4-mile, 5-mile and 9-mile round trips. Anyone interested and hungry can join for lunch at Buck's after the hike.

Contact parks.smcgov.org/huddart-park for trail maps and more info. Bring the usual - good walking shoes, water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. See you there!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Silicon Valley Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact SiliconValley@americanpilgrims.org for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at SiliconValley@americanpilgrims.org.

Rev 12/11/17