Camino del Norte guides, maps, and other resources

 

I experienced a great deal of anxiety while walking the Camino, and much of it was centered around getting lost.  A part of me feared that we would disappear into the wilderness of northern Spain, licking the peanut dust off our empty snack bags to survive.

Never mind that Camino del Norte is not that wild; I was neurotic about having the right resources during our journey.

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It began with a movie: Why we walked Camino del Norte

 

A signpost from Day One, pointing us in the right direction
The Way

In the fall of 2015, Dale and I hiked 425 miles of Camino del Norte, the northern-most branch of Camino de Santiago, a historic pilgrimage with starting points and routes all over Europe.   Continue reading “It began with a movie: Why we walked Camino del Norte”

Random Gear: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

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Stopping to smell the roses on the Camino

When you spend five weeks hiking nearly 500 miles through Spain, your gear becomes an important part of who you are.  Throw in eight weeks of sightseeing all over Europe in addition to the Camino, and you have the perfect testing ground for what works and what doesn’t in your selection of gear.  In an ongoing gear series, I will be talking about some of the items that became indispensable both during our European trip as well as on our current North American road trip.

The first bit of kit I want to talk about is our choice of backpacks.  Not only did these packs have to carry our load during the Camino, but they filled in as our suitcases for our entire 13-week journey.

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

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November 6, 2015

Last day in Spain, continued:

After a wonderful tour of Finisterre and Muxía, we got back to Santiago just in time to attend the Friday night Pilgim’s Offering mass at the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, a service that honors the peregrinos arriving in Santiago.  The mass is held daily, but the Friday night service is special because the church brings out its gigantic Botafumeiro.

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