Saturday, August 7, 2010

Coming down from the mountaintop....

on the descent from O'Cebreiro to Triacastela

"No one lives on the top of the mountain.
It’s fine to go there occasionally
—for inspiration, for new perspectives.
But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys.
That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are,
and where the plowing and the work is done.
That’s where you apply the visions
you may have glimpsed from the peaks." 

~Arthur Gordon


  1. Love the quote captures the essence of post Camino life trying to apply/keep hold of some of what you learnt on the journey. But those mountain tops keep beckoning!
    Hows the arm?

  2. The arm is keeping me off mountains at present....short flat walks when it isn't raining is my current lot! In three weeks I hope to have the cast off, but I gather the arm will be weak for a while... But I see no reason not to make plans for 2012!
    I was awfully calm after the accident by the way. Mainly that was probably shock- but I think my body also went into long-distance-walker calm mode as well! It didn't serve me that well in the ED: I am sure they thought my injury was quite minor as I was so calm and relaxed!!!

  3. Hi Kiwi,
    Congrats on this new blog. I'm sorry to read you injured your arm recently and hope you are feeling better! Havent' been near a computer in the past two months while recovering from right shoulder surgery. Just in time to prepare for 2011!

    Take good care and get well soon!

  4. Ahhh Lillian- my sympathies! I just came out of the cast on Friday- still very weak- hope to make progress quickly enough from here.