Walking El Camino de Santiago
Guest Speaker: Debby Schafer
Miami Valley Outdoor Club Meeting, free and open to the public. Light refreshments.
For five weeks this summer Debby (left) and her daughter Kristen (right) hiked 300 miles across Spain on the pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago.
Beginning in the French Basque country, they crossed the Pyrenees, continued into Spain through mountains, vineyards, floods and heat, to complete their journey at the Cathedral of Santiago and the crypt of the apostle St. James.
Each year thousands set out to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey. For many it is a religious pilgrimage, but others are hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons like travel, sport, self-discovery, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign land.
Come see this ancient trail through the eyes of a first time hiker, who left her comfort zone at home and with little to no Spanish language skills, fulfilled a lifelong dream to follow this epic road.