Cathedrals, temples, mosques, and various shrines are the traditional starting and ending points for pilgrimages the world over.
In Europe, pilgrims would carry a staff, a shell emblem, and religious items.
On my New Mexico pilgrimage, I do not have these items. Instead, I carry hiking poles, my Boonie hat serves as my personal pilgrimage emblem, and my camera may not be a religious symbol, but it captures (in part) the sacred I find in Nature.
And make no doubt, I am on a pilgrimage.
I seek no penance, nor do I hope to gain enlightenment. My pilgrimage is simply walking and taking in the beauty that is northern New Mexico.
That sublime light on red rock, the green valleys, and walking ancient paths of other pilgrim roads from generations ago.
And I happened upon a pilgrim path from my younger years, too.
New Mexico continues to enchant. And for a week now, I confirmed why that is so.
Even if I have to use a pool toy once in a while to achieve that enchantment. 🙂