I want to end up next summer: sitting on a rock looking out over the water at Cape Finisterre, having finished the pilgrimage across Spain known as El Camino de Santiago.

I want to sleep in a hammock along the trail, eat rationed food supplies, get blisters on my toes, and walk so far out into the middle of nowhere that the only thing left to do is keep walking. When I get to Cape Finisterre, I want to sit, quietly, for a long day. I want to do the whole thing unplugged from all of civilization. Just me, and John, and a good pair of hiking boots. I hope he’s up for it. Honestly anyone who can spend 3-4 weeks walking hundreds of miles with me just for the sake of walking is kind of keeper material, don’t you think?

Info on Camino de Santiago for Those Unfamiliar

If you’re not familiar with any of this – here’s a little snippet about the Camino de Santiago and Cape Finisterre from Wikipedia:

El Camino de Santiago is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried. Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James, it is about a 90-km walk from Santiago de Compostela. It is a recent tradition for pilgrims to burn their clothes or boots at the end of their journey at Cape Finisterre. 

Finisterre literally translates as the end of the earth. Spaniards truly believed the horizon line was the literal end of the Earth – and they named this location Finisterre. That is both fascinating and amusing! (Plus I love language – especially Latin – and LOVE the name Finisterre – I actually want to go there more because of it’s name than anything else. True story. Ha!)

If you haven’t seen THE WAY, watch it. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time and is based on a true story about a father and son who both journey the Camino de Santiago. If you’ve completed this particular journey, please leave a note – I want to hear from you!

Other interesting reads about the Walk of Saint James — or the Camino de Santiago:
http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/spain/0100winner.htm
http://www.americanpilgrims.com/camino/history.html
http://caminohokies.wordpress.com/