Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Camino Sounds

Walking the Camino gives us a lot of time to notice things that we normally rush past in our daily routines - sound is one of those. This morning as we began today's trek - in the damp foggy gray sky - we were entertained by numerous sounds emanating from the trees and bushes around us - birds chirping - owls hooting - cow bells ringing - chickens clucking - roosters crowing - dogs barking - cows mooing - horses neighing - water running - peregrinos wishing each other "buen camino". One sound of the Camino - not as pleasant - is the nighttime snoring of many pilgrims. Snoring is not intentional - I do not snore by choice -  nobody does - yet - how some people cope with snoring is very displeasing. All the Camino informational books recommend - more than once - buy earplugs. That being said-  I have a difficult time with those who get upset with those who snore - a week ago we slept in an albergue  where one peregrino - single handedly - snored through the entire night - raised 144 people quietly sleeping in their graves - caused 24 roosters to miss their 5:00 am wake up call - because of the ferocity with which he snored -  and yet - nobody who shared his room voiced a single vowel of complaint. Unfortunately - not all are so charitable. 
                                                  Early Morning Start

                                                Downhill Trekking

                                      Yes Horses On The Camino






               The Difficult Path - 6 kilometers Shorter - Trade Off A Steep Climb

                                                         Rolling Terrain



                                                          Getting Closer

                                                               Moo

    In A Completely Remote Area - A Coke Machine - Where Did They Get Electric? 

                                                            Country Walking



                                       Note The Sheep Kneeling In Prayer

                                                         Arlene Framed By Trees

                                                      Walking Over Water

                                                             The Natural Path

                                                                  Taking It Easy

                                                           Staircase In Nature

                                                        Sarria! We Are Here

19 kilometers today - now at Sarria - this is the last official leg of this trek - need to collect two sellos from this point on to qualify for the compostela. Tomorrow starts the last 100 kilometers.

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene