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A Mission for Maggie

September 17, 2015
Mag at Paris Cafe

Award-winning travel journalist and Media Kitty member Maggie Espinosa has released a travel book with a difference. On a Mission chronicles Maggie’s recent 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 missions. The book launch is timely on account of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to America next week, and even more so, because while in Washington, D.C., the Pope will canonize Junipero Serra, the friar who started the mission project.

The book conveys Maggie’s thoughts, feelings, and observations in the throes of the trek along California’s El Camino Real. What she describes as the journey of a lifetime, involved exhausting 20-plus-miles days, but also the forging of old and new friendships and the learning of valuable lessons. 

“I was only the 11th person to complete this sojourn,” says Maggie. “My book is a compilation of the journal and photos I recorded along the way. As the walk progressed, my entries became more contemplative. I haven’t changed a word.”

The walk was not Maggie’s first intrepid adventure. In 2007, she summited 14,500 foot Mt. Whitney, followed by a Grand Canyon National Park rim-to-rim hike a few years later.


Already the author of  the sell-out success, The Privileged Pooch, the tale of luxury travel with a dog through Southern California, Maggie will also soon release that book’s follow-up, The Privileged Pooch in Paris. As well as writing and travel reporting on ABC, NBC, and CW TV, Maggie teaches travel writing at San Diego Writers, Ink.

Maggie has kindly supplied two copies of On a Mission for lucky Media Kitty members. To be in with a chance to win, please answer the below question.

Competition Question:

In what US state did Maggie’s mission walk take place? Email your answer to

On a Mission is available here through Amazon. You can connect with Maggie on Media Kitty.


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