We got our laundry done and the maid, made us a bowl of hot water with vinegar and salt to soak our feet. Then... she saw my arm and went inside the hotel and returned with a tube of a Ben-Gay like product. She spewed it all over my arm and gave me a twenty minute massage! Arm feels better today than in a long time! Kevin had a few errands to run so I walked about town. From a bridge overlooking the river, I saw two kids fishing down below. For you Photo buffs, yes that's my shadow made to look like I was holding the fishing pole. Enter THAT in you photo contest!
Speaking of photo contest, right across the bar from where we had our dinners, was an art photo exhibition. The bridge in the picture is the bridge I was on when I took the previously mentioned picture. By the way, guess who the artist is????? It's someone named Pikabco.
The hydrangeas are in this blog because well, they are pretty and because they remind me of my grandmother Mimi. She taught me a lot and what I think would be a great way to teach school - teach great adages and have kids discuss them, write about them, debate them. Back to Mimi - she would always say, "Stop to smell the flowers!" and I'd like to think that I have. She use to also say, "Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow is promised to no one." Bang - right on the nose with that one! Mimi is a great example of how there are great people are all about you- you just have to be able to recognize greatness.
The trail was steep from the get-go. It was like we walked out of the hotel and started straight up hill. The first stop was /2 hour away in a small suburb to the town of Estella that had a winery.
The small winery is called Bodegas Irache (a bodegas is a winery). I'm sure it was a great promotional activity to have a fountain that gives out wine and water. I know that it wasn't there for the original pilgrims because it has only been there since the 1890's.
Beautiful hike today. Through a white oak forest with a nice leaf padded trail. Just enough shade that kept us cool for awhile.
Here's something you don't see everyday on the Camino - a swimming pool! We stopped off after about 9 k of walking without a tree in sight and BAM we turn a corner and there's a small town with life. A swimming pool serving, iced mugs of Mahou beer. Don't worry about how to pronounce it, just enjoy it!
Finally, we did find a tree! there is always... a tree.
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.