At a time when she was wading through personal challenges, 27-year-old Lindy Cameron embarked on a 500-mile walk across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Way of Saint James, joining millions of pilgrims who have journeyed on a road used by the Romans since before the birth of Christianity. She discovered that the Camino is much more than a very long walk.
Join Cameron at the McCleary Timberland Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 for a presentation of her photographs and experiences. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCleary Timberland Library.
“The Camino became a whisper in the back of my mind while planning a trip to Scotland,” wrote Cameron in an email to the library. She prepared for more than a year and wore her hiking boots everywhere for the last six months, regardless of the rest of her outfit.
“I packed, weighed, and repacked my bag countless times,” said Cameron. In 2011, she took her first steps from Saint Jean-Pied de Port, France, completing the walk to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain and returning to Olympia two months later.
Trekking across mountains and flatlands, she experienced weather ranging from driving rain to 107-degree heat without a shade tree in sight. She was injured early in her walk and was taken in for nine days by a community of nuns living in a village outside of Pamplona.
“They became the first of many family members that the Camino introduced me to,” said Cameron, “Though I had embarked upon the journey alone, I was never truly without others. I had everything that I actually needed.”
Cameron was born and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia, where she’s begun planning a journey to India.
The McCleary Timberland Library is located at 121 S. Fourth St. in McCleary. For more information, please contact the library at (360) 495-3368 or visit www.TRL.org.