The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Carolyn Wood who will discuss her experiences hiking the famed Camino de Santiago.

Wood, author of “Tough Girl: An Olympians Journey”, told the first half of her story in February and is back to complete her journey. 

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela Spain.  Carolyn will tell about the emotional and physical obstacles she faced in 2012 as a sixty six year old when she decided to hike 500 miles in 40 days along the famed pilgrimage route in Southern France and Northwestern Spain. Wood also hiked another 500 miles on a connecting portion of the trail through France in 2013.

“The first walk was just to come to terms with being alone and being frightened of being alone.  It was about getting my personal strength back and seeing how I would perform.”  The second trek was about reconnecting with the inner tough girl, of her youth, who was the driven Olympic athlete.  Wood’s story, in “Tough Girl”, details two very different journeys, 52 years apart, that capture the beauty and challenges of a very unique woman.

Carolyn Wood matriculated from the University of Oregon with a teaching degree.  She taught at both Beaverton and Wilson High Schools and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.  Carolyn says “it has been rewarding reconnecting with so many of my former students.” and that ended up being one unexpected benefit resulting from the publication of her story.  “Tough Girl” is her first book.

Book sales and singings by Beach Books. 




Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm