Such a delight!
A picture is worth a thousand words. I often hear concerns about alternative to plastics. Our mothers and grandmothers did not have plastic wrap and we inherited a clean ocean. It has not taken long to get us to this state of affairs. As to that little package – I did share and each one of those little pastries was a delight.
Principles of Outdoor Ethics for Travelers
Tess and Dana start on the walk across The Meseta. There is a discussion about what constitutes waste and Tess lays out the guidelines she follows from Leave No Trace, an organization promoting outdoor ethics. Here is an image summarizing the principles. More on their site.
And a chance meeting sets the seeds of change?
The day started out so beautiful and sunny. It set the energy of the day and I enjoyed a long day of walking. As I walked through the woods I came across Yannick, rising from his tent. We exchanged pleasantries.
“Bonjour. Ce va?”
“Oui, ce va?”
“Oui. Bonne walk” .
A few bends down the path , under the Spruce trees dappled morning light, I hear music through the trees. It’s a clarinet playing Les Brubeck’s, Take Five. What a gift! A few kilometers on I stopped at a pilgrim rest stop for some refreshment. Yannick showed up a little while later. He spoke about his clarinet being cold in the night on the Aurbrac. He played me a romantic French song. I then shared with him my artwork, viewing the portfolio on my iPhone. I spoke to him about the great Pacific garbage patch and the evils of single use plastic. Not an easy conversation when speaking with someone and we don’t share a native tongue. We parted ways and as I continued Down Gods Highway (The Way of St. James) I felt strong and happy that I was able to share my gospel about reuse, recycle, while rediscovering myself.
I’ve walked for two days now, only covering twenty two kilometers (total journey to Conques is 210km) , but it has been up and down hill and wet and foggy. The landscape is Green and lush with beautiful stone farms and villages. I’ve met some folks from Santa Fe, so I’m not totally helpless in communicating alone. The accommodations and food is really nice. Last nights host made us salad nicoise , rice, fish, cheese, bread, fruit and an ample amount of wine. In the morning we had coffee and banquettes with jam and set off for a day of walking. This life suits me.