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The adventure begins…

September 1, 2016: Unfinished business awaits us as we begin our 2016 Camino de Santiago trek across northern Spain. We previously completed Astorga to Santiago and St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Zubiri, Spain, so it appears we have a little over 300 miles remaining. Click on the short “kick off” video as we begin our journey…

We stumble upon the Parish Church of Santa Lucia which has lived through the invasion of the Moors, the Spanish Inquisition, Napoleon’s crossing of the Pyrenees, two world wars and the Spanish Civil War.

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It is rumored to be a Templar church and symbols contained in and around the building seem to confirm this. Few records exist so piecing the building’s story together is quite a challenge ~the abbey.es

The intent was to stay in Arre tonight but we seemed to have bypassed the path through that particular town and, before you know it, we’ve gone 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) and find ourselves in downtown Pamplona. Oh, well… plan B will be just fine and we have a head start on our hike tomorrow. We settle into our little room above a small bar and rest our weary bones.

Below are today’s top three photo picks:

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Feeling small…

 It’s a big world out there…

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Conic Hill along the West Highland Way, Scotland. Image by Joyce Meyer

Sharing the Love in Scotland

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Image by Joyce Meyer.

Love Rocks is a worldwide movement started in Forest Grove, OR in honor of two sisters, Anna and Abigail. The rock shown above at the top of Devil’s Staircase along the Scottish West Highland Way  is perched overlooking the hiking trail going down from the summit.

Click on The Love Rock Story to see their new website which includes the background story, more information, blog and step-by-step tutorial on making the love rocks.

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Image by Joyce Meyer.

The Love Rock resting along the North Sea – Firth of Moray in Cullen, Scotland.

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Image by Joyce Meyer.

The Love Rock is perched atop a balanced arrangement of rocks discovered along the Fife Coastal Path between Crail and Anstruther, Scotland.

I originally received this rock from a Forest Grove, Oregon family camping in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They are well acquainted with the parents and children honored by this touching tribute and participate by making and sharing Love Rocks wherever they go.  This particular rock has made the trip from Oregon, to South Dakota, to Southwest Minnesota, and on to Scotland and back.

The Love Rock Story  spreading Peace & Love…

Ghosts of Rannoch Moor

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Blended image by Joyce Meyer

It’s a big world out there…

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Image by Joyce Meyer. Fife Coastal Path in Scotland.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

It’s a BIG world out there

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Image by Joyce Meyer

View of Loch Lomond along the West Highland Way. Another hiker happened to climb to the top of the next hill just as I was about to descend Conic Hill.

A long walk

Click, click, click, the sticks

Rhythm of the path while walking

Lost yet found in thought

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Image by Joyce Meyer taken on the Camino de Santiago near Burguete, Spain.