The Wayless Way, where the Sons of God lose themselves and, at the same time, find themselves.Meister Eckhart Stand at the crossroads and look; Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.Jeremiah 6:16 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.Psalm 84:5
A retired Army wife, with three kids out creating their own lives, and SEVEN granddaughters, I love the good life, which to me is fresh food, fine bourbon, dear friends, stimulating conversation about all things spiritual and the life beyond the physical world. Put me in Barnes and Noble with a good cup of coffee and you may never see me again! Or set me on a walking trail and I am content.
We had a pretty short walk today of only about 15km. We found a luxurious albergue hidden behind a fine hotel and so far only about 8 women have arrived. The other pilgrims may have all stopped at the main one, so we might have it all to ourselves. The first photo is taken from the second floor window of an albergue: a typical scene as pilgrims start their day, wishing each other "buen camino", and then setting off at their own pace. The second photo is of the terrace at our "secret" albergue. We had cerveses and ensalada mixt there a few hours ago. Now is siesta time. We must prepare for the morrow-- three tall peaks to reach before descending to San Juan de Ortega. This town's name, Villafranca, came from the French peregrinos who returned to settle here after their pilgrimage; immigrants who liked what they saw and came to stay. The Montes de Oca which we will climb tomorrow, were once the wild habitat of bandits who would prey on the pilgrims passing through. Hopefully, times are better now. The only bandits around these days are the ones charging outrageous prices for bottled water!
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