August - October 2016
  • Day79

    Sunset/Moonrise in Finisterre

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Kind of hard to see the near full moon in Pic #4, but it's there on the left.

    Pic #5 the 0 km marker

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  • Day79

    Finiaterre, Day 2

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Oct 12

    My second night in town, I walked a final 3 km to the 0 km mark - the lighthouse at the "end of the world". A gorgeous walk and the amazing experience of watching the sun go down over the ocean in the west and seeing the moon come up in the east. The photos don't even come close to conveying what I saw and certainly not how I was feeling as I sat there trying to take it all in.

    This is going to take 2 "footprints" to share the photos.

    Pics #1-4 on the walk up
    Pic #4 the slugs here come in a tight 2nd in size to the Portland slugs!
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    Finisterre, The End of the World

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Oct 11

    Back in the day, explorers believed this was where the land ended on the west coast. Many pilgrims continue to walk from Santiago to reach this point, typically taking 3 days to do so.

    I, no longer a pilgrim, hopped my lazy tail onto a bus on Tues, Oct 11, and arrived in this beautiful beach town a mere 2 hours later. I spent 2 days here, again splurging (€42 per night) at a hotel directly across the street from the water. Feast your eyes . . .

    Pics #1-3 sunrise from my room
    Pics #4-5 at the beach, a 3 min walk from my room
    Pic #6 on the way to the beach
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  • Day79

    Day 2 in Santiago

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Oct 10

    Although I was technically no longer a pilgrim, I still had a final pilgrim meal with the family. Pic #2 was my first course, seafood chowder. Second course was salad and a beautiful cut of grilled salmon. Again, modern day pilgrims do not suffer a bit as far as food goes . . . unless you happen to be a vegetarian or vegan . . . then I suspect it could be more challenging.

    Pic #3 this is a shadow cast against a section of the cathedral; it's just a very simple column whose shadow presents a great silohouette of a pilgrim
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  • Day79

    Pilgrim No More

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    I found a beautiful boutique hotel to splurge on (€60 per night) just off of the plaza and had a long soak in the bath. I also wasted no time in finding a place to get a pedicure. Transition from pilgrim to tourist went very smoothly. Santiago is a beautiful city.

    Pic #3 a delicious salad centered around fried cheese; my first meal as a tourist in Santiago

    Pic #5 the start of a long celebratory evening

    Pic #6 I call this one "Pilgrim No More"; taken from the balcony of my hotel room
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    Day 33, Santiago de Compostela

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Oct 9

    A lovely walk this morning. The whole "family" stuck together for the entire walk so we could all arrive together. Bittersweet, of course. Glad to reach the destination, but very sad to have it ending.

    Reaching the big plaza in front of the Cathedral de Santiago was a little crazy. We were elated to be there, but because it's a destination point for soooo many pilgrims and tourists it was also a bit hectic there.

    Feeling of accomplishment, yes. Feeling of peacefullness, definitely not. After 10 min there I could scarce wait to find a hotel and depilgrimize.
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    Horreos (accent over first o)

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Been seeing many of these the past week. Horreos were/are used for storing harvested crops and grains. Many of them have looked unused, but there have been a couple that appear to be storing corn.

  • Day79

    Melide to O Burgo

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Day 32, Oct 8

    20.5 miles, my longest day! Whew. More beautiful scenery and critters. Tomorrow we're scheduled to reach our destination, Santiago. Can't believe it's gone so quickly.

  • Day75

    Pulpo Feast in Melide

    October 17, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Oct 7

    This region is known for it's delicious octopus (pulpo). It is lightly boiled, then seasoned and grilled, and was indeed very tasty. We had quite a feast!

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  • Day75

    Hospital to Melide

    October 17, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Day 31, Oct 7

    Pic #1 Spider forrest!!
    Pic #2 I'd been thinking of Halloween & enjoyed seeing these big, more familiar spider webs
    Pics #3-4 farmers market in town of Palas De Rei