Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Spain, 2022
A trip to walk the Camino de Santiago
I tend to like adventures in my vacationing. That is why I've spent previous vacations climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, climbing the Andes in Bolivia or climbing Mont Blanc in France. I find, however, that as I get older, the scale of my adventures needs to be scaled back.
This adventure is something that I've been literally thinking about for years. There is a pilgrimage across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella. This has been a pilgrimage route since the middle ages. It is called the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James. The whole length is too long for me, but I wanted to do the last 100km.
Sam was tired of Covid restrictions and really wanted to go somewhere. That was the impetus to actually make this trip happen. Amy can't walk that far, but Sam and I are bound for Santiago to start our adventure. We are living it up, doing the tour that is called "Camino in Style". Some of the places we'll be staying look really spiffy. The weather looks like it is going to be almost perfect, not too hot and not too cold, with not too much rain. This should be a really nice trip.
To make my Facebook posts more interesting, I decided to bring a stuffed bear, "Pooh", with us, and to photograph Pooh at various stages of the trip. In my mind, I was picturing Pooh sort of like a fuzzy version of the Travelocity Wandering Gnome.
|May 6: Leave Boston: Intro|
|May 7: Lugo: A Walled City|
|May 8: Portomarin: Our First Day's Walk|
|May 9: Palas de Rei/Vilamaior: Disappointing Lodging|
|May 10: Arzua: Really Nice Lodging|
|May 11: Lavacolla: Dedication or Stupidity?|
|May 12: Santiago de Compostella: The Finish|
|May 13: Madrid: A Physical and Symbolic Transition|
|May 14: Madrid: Flowers and a Tuk-tuk|
|May 15: Return Home: Airport Hoops|