Images of the Spanish Meseta
The Camino de Santiago is an experience of body, mind, and spirit, and these tend to correlate to sections of the route. Most pilgrims would agree that the vast Meseta, which comprises the middle 150 miles of the French Way, is the realm of the mind. Those who are young often dread its mostly flat sameness, while the older pilgrim will find it to be the perfect place to mine the experiences of a lifetime. I walked it essentially alone as was my intention. It proved to be fertile ground for remembrance and contemplation.
Here are some images along with a few sentences from Into the Thin, a Pilgrimage Walk Across Northern Spain (coming September, 2020).
...Though known for the desolation of the landscape, its perfect secret is the endless sky, big as all Montana where storms are seen from hours away and the clouds can come in so low as to be almost within reach.
...The sky is full of countless shades of textured gray with impossibly deep blue breaks between the clouds, as the rising sun lights the earth in warm tones leaving long shadows. There is something new about the air after it rains, as new as springtime, as peaceful as the fall. The colors seem deeper, the contrasts sharper, any dull finish on the world made bright again, all scrubbed and perfect.
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