Camino de Santiago de Compostella
500 miles to walk in 34 days, from the southwest corner of France (St. Jean Pied de Port) to the Atlantic Ocean (Finisterre). Why? It is a historic pilgrimage route (since the 9th century) leading to wholeness by the beneficence of the spirit of St James the apostle (Santiago). My daughter and I did it together, each for our own reasons. We rose before dawn, carrying all that we needed on our backs, day after day, counting stars and miles and aches. It was a walk through history, an adventure and a challenge, we found more than we expected, in companionship, dependency, frustration and faith. A common saying along the way is "the camino provides". We felt safe, cared for, and blessed.
The following are sketches done along the way. After reaching an albergue with an available bed for the night, it was time to rest our feet. Using this down time, I would find a shady spot as few steps away as I could find and spend the next hour with my sketchbook. Click on each image to see its entirety and follow along.
Thank you for your interest!