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Love along the Camino

Intro to Camino de Santiago

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”   Maya Angelou

Images and video clips by Joyce Meyer.

Music:  The Wrong Direction by Passenger

Camino Conversation

On the way to Logrono, two hikers take respite from the heat in the shade of a tunnel along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain .

Image by Joyce Meyer. Edited using Topaz Impressions 2 and Photoshop CC 2015

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Camino de Santiago…join the journey

2016 Rigdon/Meyer Camino (Unfinished Business) blog post links are available in chronological order on one page. Several posts include a short video of the day and we are relieved that we aren’t still looking for Randy somewhere in France!

So, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, click on the photo below and travel along with Randy, Joyce & Joan.  ~Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago 2016 – “Unfinished Business” starts in Zubiri, Spain.

For more of our escapades, including hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, go to rjmeyerarts.com 

Looking Back…

When I first started hiking a number of years ago, a fellow hiker gave me some important advice, “Don’t forget to look back.”  When I see a memorable view I capture it with a camera so that I can revisit this moment in time. If the view is mediocre I turn back and resume hiking along my merry way with camera packed. As a photographer I have found this advice helpful, but even more I find it applies to life.

We all know life isn’t always pretty and we may stumble and step in crap from time to time. Learn, move on, without dwelling on these unfortunate moments. Likewise, there may be some unattractive elements in an image, but look beyond and see the beauty…

Looking back on Hospital de Orbigo, Spain. Image by Joyce Meyer

 

Mayan Prayer

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Upon reading the translation of the Mayan Prayer to the Seven Directions, I sense gratitude and hope. (Click on link for full prayer)*Excerpts from the prayer:  May wisdom be transformed into right action… bless us with harmonies to end all war… all hail the harmony of mind and nature. I may have a different belief system and pray to a different God than the Ancient Mayans, but I also find their prayer timeless in an earthly sense.   Peace out.

*Prayer of the Seven Directions from thejewelledsky.com

 

Walking the Path ~ Coba Mayan Ruins

Imagine walking the same jungle paths as ancient Mayans living between 300 to 900 A.D.

Archeologists have estimated that 6,000 structures exist here at Coba, but only three settlements are for public viewing.wolls-1120351r Coba is not a single site, but a large group of sites connected to the central pyramid, connected by over 16 Mayan ceremonial “white roads.”wolls-1120347e4x6Don’t feel like walking? Take a Mayan Limo, which is a chauffeured tricycle, or rent a bicycle. Plan on 2 1/2 hours if you walk or 1 1/2 hours if opting for wheels.cancun-1120328eThe largest pyramid at Coba is called Ixmoja, part of the Nohoch Mul group of buildings.  wolls-1120332dmvUnlike other Mayan ruins, you can still climb this one. cancun-1120342eI’m not fond of heights and this pyramid is 42 meters (138 feet) tall, but I need to do this so I have no regrets.wolls-1120338eFrom the top the lush jungle looks like a green wilderness of wonder, but this gentleman meditating probably has his eyes shut. Good thing, since he is right at the edge. Not me!!cancun-1120341ewebThis thick rope is my best friend as I inch my way down the 120 stone steps of the pyramid finding the descent much more difficult than the ascent.
cancun-1120362eWe were part of a van tour group, which restricts the amount of time allowed. If I did it again, I’d look into another transportation option to allow more time at the ruin site. Or, maybe I need more friends along so we could put together our own DIY tour. Hmmm…
cancun-1120352dmvcrbgwebAs usual, souvenir shops are situated by the entrance/exit gate.cancun-1120355ecr2web…and dogs wander the streets.

For more information about exploring Riviera Maya destinations check out locogringo.com.

Here is a link to an interesting blog post I found within the locogringo.com site: 10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Riviera Maya Vacation.

Hasta luego…