Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – November 18, 2012

Day 1 – Crossing the Pyrenees – Damian Corrigan

You won’t find a whole lot of pictures of the Camino featuring snow, but Damian Corrigan – who kept an engaging diary of his Camino experience – shared this particular shot on his picture blog of his Camino. The diary he kept for the day of this picture recounts every pilgrim’s seeming obligatory early challenge. For whatever reason, the Camino needs to let the new pilgrim know who’s boss. His own experience of the inevitable early pilgrim setback crossing the Pyrenees from Huntto to Roncesvalles:

“For the next couple of kilometers there was a lot of snow and the fatigue started to take its toll. Claudia pulled ahead. Just after the highest point the road splits – you can take the easier, slightly longer route, or the very steep, shorter route. I chose the longer route, but got confused on the way down and ended up on the difficult route. As the trees got thicker, it became obvious that I couldn’t do this. I had to retrace my steps, adding nearly an hour to my already exhausting journey.”

Insult to injury, his camera broke that day. But he was not thwarted and left behind a terrific diary of the trip and some great photos. I liked this one because it reminded me of so many pilgrims I met and this one because of the peaceful beauty that is simply out there for the taking.


Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week Archive

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