Next April and May I plan to walk the Camino, the thousand year old pilgrimage trail that culminates in Santiago, Spain. I’ll start with a friend by the French border and walk west along the ancient pilgrim way. We’ll walk about 15 miles a day, six days a week, with rest days in some of the larger cathedral towns along the way. We will carry our own gear and stay in pilgrim hostels along the way. At the end we’ll receive a pilgrim’s blessing and a certificate, and I’ll cross this item off my bucket list.
Although walking the Camino is not a religious act for me, it is a spiritual one. I love being outdoors, walking in nature, passing through historic communities, enjoying an ancient way. It is simple, renewing, and profoundly enlivening.