Close to 300,000 people will walk the Camino De Santiago this year. The Camino de Santiago is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. People wander these ancient routes for exercise,spirituality and to find answers to their deepest questions. Some walk the entire 500 miles, other do sections. The Camino is a pilgrimage for all people for all reasons.
Closer to home, over 285 million people will visit our National Parks in 2016. They hike, camp, enjoy scenery and are moved by the history of the land. They exercise,reflect and wander. The National Parks celebrate their 100th anniversary in August of this year and are truly a place for all people for all reasons.
What do National Parks and the Camino have in common? People are seeking. People are asking powerful questions about where they are going and why they are going there. Terry Tempest Williams brings new light to these questions in her newest book Hour of the Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.