El Camino: Belorado to S. Juan de Ortega

Today’s Trek: Belorado to San Juan de Ortega

We woke up to an extra dark morning. A peak out the open balcony door revealed dark clouds overhead. The clothes left out to dry still wet.

I felt annoyed. Another day started with the dreaded decisions of the day. Wear boots that cause blisters but are water proof or the new sandals I purchased during a rain storm no less.

Now I have to leave my rain jacket out or on top of my bag. My camera! Yup. Does it get packed inside Purple Reina or do I carry it and take the chance it gets wet?

I decided to postpone my decisions until after I dress my feet in bandaids, athletic tape and clean socks. I stared at them thinking about what would happen if they get wet.

My inner voice yelled out, “If it’s going to rain, then let it rain.” I packed up, put my sandals on and we headed to breakfast.

This whole day I thought about how much time I spend trying to avoid, prepare for and respond to eventualities that may or not happen. That’s probably why I spent the last two weeks of my time at home setting up scheduled bill payments and making ToDo List of things that couldn’t be left to chance or our terrible memories.

So we walked. It was cool and breezy most of the day making for a very comfortable 16+ mile walk.

Keeping fit

We passed through or near a number of towns today and I thought, “someone’s trying to distract me from these darn hills and rocky trail.

Church bells rang out as if to remind me that the purpose of this walk is to get closer to God and not question every little detail of my life.

There are gardens everywhere. There are tomatoes, flowers pumpkins, watermelons, onions, apples, figs, pears, plums, hops, green beans, etc. None of these gardeners question whether or not their garden will be productive. They just wait to see what happens.

Now they aren’t careless either. They tend to their crops gently and lovingly adjusting for rain, lack of rain, pests, and the plants own response.

As we walked I thought if it rains, it rains. I’ll put on a jacket if need be. When it stops I’ll put on dry socks.

If it rains it rains.

It’s amazing how much better you feel after you give up responsibility for things out of your control.

San Juan De Ortega Church. Read up on the light streaming in on the equinox.

It never rained, and my feet were happy.


Siempre pa’ adelante!

About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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