Dad and I reached Monte DoGozo today. What an interesting scene. There is a monument built here in honor of Pope John Pauls visit in 2004. Oddly enough just a few short years after it was built he passed away. There are dedications and plaques of art all around the base of the monument. Towards the back of the monument that looks out towards Santiago there are stones and other dedications from other Peregrinos left, such as walking staffs, shoes, clothing, etc. I decided to leave the rest of my dedications here. The first one I left was for a wonderful man who I only knew for a short time, but over came many road blocks and fought like the champion we all knew him to be. I placed Pat Spirings LiveStrong band on the monument overlooking the beautiful city of Santiago.My bestfriend, Leslie Wilson, lost her brother a year ago on September 2nd, 2010. Although his passing was due to other circumstances I still wrote his name on a band and decided to place it on a branch of a tree at the edge of the platform overlooking Santiago and all of it's surroundings. Leslie, now we can say he's seen it all. He's traveled with me, through the vineyards, climbed the mountains, and enjoyed the intoxicating smells of the Eucalyptus trees and forests. All my love to you and the Wilson family.
My last dedication, and certainly not the least, is on the cross formed out of walking sticks leaning against the monument to Pope John Paul. I dedicated this one '4 THOSE STILL FIGHTING'.