While hiking through the Pyrenees I spotted this very large bird on the rocks. I think it’s some kind of Vulture, but I’m not sure. You can see the scale of how large the bird is compared to the horse…and it looked like he was just waiting to swoop in and have it for lunch!
These photos are from my second day walking the Camino de Santiago. I was pretty exhausted, so I didn’t take as many photos as the first day, but it was again an amazing place with endless beauty. They are more or less in order of the day and the last one is where I slept that night, Which was the floor of a gym at the Municipal Hostel, as by the time I arrived in town all beds were full. But it didn’t matter, I was so tired I slept beautifully.
Here are a few photos from my first day on The Camino de Santiago. They are more or less in order of the day, which was 27 kilometers, 1200 meters of elevation gain, and for me 10 hours of walking. I have hiked in many parts of the world, but this was one of the most challenging and beautiful things I have ever done! I am currently on day 4 of The Camino, resting in Pamplona, Spain. I have many more photos to share once I can get to them. Enjoy~
I leave for Spain in the morning and I have to say that I’m pretty excited, but I’m also secretly nervous. I’ve never done anything quite like this before…my first completely independent trip abroad and one in which I will be pushing my physical comfort zone pretty significantly. I keep thinking about what it will feel like to walk 650 miles. I love walking, but will I love walking that much? Will I be constantly exhausted and sore, or will I feel energized and inspired? Is my pack too heavy? Did I forget anything important? I know that ultimately none of these questions matter, but while I wait to leave I can’t help but think about what’s to come.
But, in just a day and a half and two flights later I will be in Madrid and it will be pushing 100 degrees. I’m going to be hot and tired and excited, but a few days after that I will be at the start of the Camino and my journey will begin whether I am ready or not! And I guess the truth is that my journey began the moment I decided to do this trip, so ready or not here I come!