Camino del Norte

Walking Camino del Norte along the coast

In 2010, I saw a trailer for a movie, and as absurd as it seems, I knew right then that we would never be the same.  Of course, the movie was The Way, which introduced the Camino de Santiago to a lot of Americans, and I was right about our lives taking a different path from that moment on.  Cheri and I had never heard of the Camino before seeing the movie, and all of a sudden I could hardly think of anything else!  We spent the next several years trying to figure out not only how to make the Camino a reality, but also how to incorporate a grand tour of Europe into the trip as well.  In 2015, we headed to Europe for a 13-week adventure, including 5 weeks spent on the Camino.  The walk across Northern Spain was everything that we’d hoped for, and more.  In a word, it was transformative.  Now, even though we live in beautiful Alaska, not too many days go by before one of us brings up the Camino, the lessons learned, and the desire to go back for another little walk in the countryside. ~Dale

 

Why we walked the Camino del Norte

Solitude, scenery, and seafood: The benefits and downsides of Camino del Norte

Camino del Norte guides, maps, and other resources

Camino del Norte Day 1:  Here we go!

Camino del Norte Day 2:  Pushing through a long day

Camino del Norte Day 3:  Meltdown

Camino del Norte Day 4:  R&R at the monastery

Camino del Norte Day 5:  Gernika

Camino del Norte Day 6:  Muddin’ it

Camino del Norte Day 7 & 8:  Bilbao

Camino del Norte Day 9:  Worth the hike

Camino del Norte Day 10:  Castro Urdiales

Camino del Norte Day 11:  Poco a poc0

Camino del Norte Day 12

Camino del Norte Day 13: An iconic albergue

Camino del Norte Day 14:  “No cookies for you!”

Camino del Norte Day 15:  A rambling walk to Santillana del Mar

Camino del Norte Day 16:  Walk like a perigrino

Camino del Norte Day 17:  Goodbyes, Gaudí, and a castle

Camino del Norte Day 18:  Back to the routine

Camino del Norte Day 19:  Waterlogged

Camino del Norte Day 20:  Mudville

Camino del Norte Day 21:  Refocusing on our Goals

Camino del Norte Day 22:  The longest day

Camino del Norte Day 23:  Don’t get cocky

Camino del Norte Day 24:  Luarca

Camino del Norte Day 25:  On simplifying

Camino del Norte Day 26:  An important milestone and an awesome bridge

Camino del Norte Day 27:  “It’s Galicia”

Camino del Norte Day 28: Time warp in lovely Galicia

Camino del Norte Day 29:  Opening our hearts

Camino del Norte Day 30

Camino del Norte Day 31

Camino del Norte Day 32:  Almost there

Camino del Norte Day 33:  One day away

Camino del Norte Day 34:  We made it!  Now what?

Camino del Norte Day 35:  Camino de vida day 1

Camino del Norte, el fin (part 1):  Finisterre and Muxia

Camino del Norte, el fin (part 2):  Cathedral de Santiago and the gigantic Botafumeiro

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