Siestas on the Camino de Santiago

Monday, August 15, 2011  at 6:58 AM
bright flower by Danalynn C
These pretty flowers were all over the fields in northern Spain!

The most memorable times on the Camino were our siestas.  While we often pushed through the scorching heat in order to arrive at the albergue in a timely manner, sometimes it was simply too hot to hike! 
When it was time to take a siesta, we searched out a cool, shaded place, put our feet up, and waited out the sun.

camino siesta animation by Danalynn C
Stopping for a break in a wooded area on the side of the path.

 camino old church by Danalynn C
Exploring the ruins of an old church just steps off of the Camino.

Some of our forays into nature were more out of necessity than desire, such as when we decided to camp instead of paying outrageous fees for an albergue.  However, such a lovely camping spot came out of that situation that I can't be too disappointed!

camping sauvage spain by Danalynn C
Our camping spot--it was very pretty!

flower field by Danalynn C
A field of flowers next to where we made camp.

camping spot in spain by Danalynn C
It was quite dry in this area of Spain; much of the flora reminded me of eastern Washington state, where I lived for several years.
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