Pictures from Friday

Starting out early.


Headed up…eventually to the highest elevation (around 5000 feet) we would reach on our pilgrimage.


Which produced some spectacular scenery.



Depositing my stone at the Cruz de Ferro…



At the Bar stop (actually a trailer dragged to the top of the mountain) afterwards, we met this young pilgrim who graduated from St Michael’s five years after Bill, worked for Google for eight years and then decided to quit and walk the Camino while she figured out what to do next with her life.


Then we started down…


And down…my only regret is these pictures do not give an accurate idea of the steep grade or the unevenness of the material in the path…


Complicating the descent were flies and noseeums that lived in the shrubbery along the path. They were a real bother, particularly when trying to focus on just where to step next. I finally decided the bugs in New Hampshire weren’t a bother…they were part of the training regimen!

Several times we thought we were through the worst of it, only to discover …

There were distractions, like this young Spanish pilgrim who wanted her picture taken with me so she could send it to her father…


But then more….


It got pretty discouraging.


But we persevered, and finally, around 7:30 arrived at our destination.



The Hostel where we stayed is called “The Way.” It is run by a very pleasant and talkative Spainard who told us he opened the Hostel to help pilgrims after he was miraculously cured of an unnamed serious health problem while walking the Camino.

Everyone has a story.