This photo is from my new photo book Devotional Trails: Spaces and solitude along Spanish pilgrimage routes. It is both inside and used as a cover photo. This one, like most I took, were taken while walking with a rucksack on my back. The Meseta is a long flat stretch of plains that goes roughly from Burgos to Astorga, if one is walking the Camino Frances pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela. Because I started in April there were fewer peregrinos (pilgrims) like myself so there were more quiet moments. In summer the Camino tends to be packed with 1000s making their way west to Santiago.
In April and March of 2017, I walked from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela and after that to the Atlantic at Finisterre (the end of the earth). This was along the Camino France and Camino Fisterra pilgrimage rote that have been in existence for over 1000 years. The weather was great (except for a day of snow and hail) and the chance to walk through small villages with atmospheric Romanesque churches was highly rewarding. I made a photo book a few months after and put it on Blurb. The title is Devotional Trails: Spaces and solitude along Spanish pilgrimage trails.
In 2016 I walked from the Vermont/Canadian border to Rutland and then over to Hanover, New Hampshire. The first 8 days or so it rained heavily but once the weather improved the views were superb.
At this point, in October 2015, I was less than 15 miles from the end of a 2189.2 mile, Appalachian Trail thru hike that began 6 months before on Springer Mountain in Northern Georgia. The desire to get to the end was tempered by the beauty of a rare flat section in what seemed like an enchanted forest in Baxter State Park, Maine.
It’s been just over 10 years since the 2004 tsunami destroyed much of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, located in northern Sumatra, and killed 10s of thousands within the city limits alone. One place to reflect upon such an immense and catastrophic natural disaster is at the the Tsunami Museum in the city. Incorporated within the design is a refuge should the sea waters rise again.
Have to start the blog posting stuff somewhere, so here is a picture of the little chap who oversaw the website creation part. He also provided many creative ideas about design and other details and was well paid in biscuits. Goes by the name of Buckley.
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