Thursday, August 25, 2016

Look What Came In The Mail ... Camino Flashbacks

I received something in the mail today.  I'd ordered it so it wasn't a surprise but it gave me Camino flashbacks nevertheless.

Just like the Camino in Spain, several places along the Appalachian Trail (AT) provide stamps to mark your progress. "The A.T. Guide" that I'm using to plan my AT hike has locations that provide stamps marked in the book.  This passport is a place to collect your stamps along the way just as the pilgrim's passport marked your way along the Camino de Santiago.  There is room for ninety-six stamps in the AT passport or about three per week.  Since most of the stamps will be collected in towns along the way, this should be plenty I think.

When I look back at my Camino souvenirs, it's not my compostela (certificate of completion) that I look at most.  It is the pilgrim's passport that I cherish.  It brings back the most memories and the accompanying smiles.  I hope this AT passport will do the same, collect reminders of my happiest recollections along the trail and remind me of the people I meet along the way.

P.S. If you look on the AT passport page there is an awesome picture of a pilgrims credential.

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