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I often get asked what sections that a pilgrim may want to bypass during their walk on the Camino del Norte. Although I don’t advise missing any of the Camino, the stretch west of Bilbao has kilometers of urban sprawl and pavement through the suburb of Cruces. You can also skip one morning climb if you stayed at the municipal albergue and two if you stayed downtown.

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte in Bilbao, Spain, in well…. Bilbao, Spain. I arrived exhausted to the municipal albergue and was lucky to get one of the last beds. After a good dinner with fellow pilgrims, and some much-needed rest, I was off early with our small group.

The Camino was very quiet here as many pilgrims took the bus to Cruces, Portugalete, or even further. I walked the Camino and this first section was actually quite enjoyable….

Euskadi Bilbao camino del norte spain

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I love Summer but don’t enjoy the heat. Usually July is the warmest month in Vancouver but this year was very unsettled, rainy and cool. Good thing there were pleasant days in between the not-so-pleasant ones and I could get outdoors with my camera. These are my photos of the month posted to social media in July.

Here’s some Summer brightness from early July…
Monarch Butterfly and orange coneflower at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.

Monarch Butterfly coneflower Krause Berry Farms

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Well, I would like to blame the beautiful Summer weather for the lateness of this post but to be honest, there were many gray and rainy days in Vancouver during early July. Like most months of Summer, July just breezed by, and we are now facing August. I won’t make excuses for my tardiness, but will just present you with a selection of my photos and videos posted to social media during June.

 

The rose arbor was just beautiful when I visited the Centennial Rose Garden on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, Canada on a sunny Sunday in June.

Centennial Rose Garden Burnaby Mountain

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Although I was happy to be no longer climbing Monte Avril, the long first few days on the Camino del Norte, mostly in the heat, had really taken it’s toll. I was sick and felt like laying in the shade under a tree in the park that the Camino passed through as we began to descend into Bilbao. I kept going, as other members in my group weren’t feeling well either. Similar to other Camino cities, the municipal albergue was still a long walk away.

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Lezama to Bilbao, Spain, overlooking Bilbao. If you’re tired or not feeling well, the climb along the Camino up Monte Avril can be bypassed by either walking along the lower main road or even taking a bus from one of the suburbs. Let’s continue into the city, one I had been looking forward to seeing.

monte avril Bilbao camino del norte spain

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I had promised myself this post would be published by the weekend. Of course that was two weekends ago and I can’t believe it’s already near the end of June. This is a long post so I better get to it and at it (please excuse the Stompin’ Tom Connors reference). I hope you enjoy this selection of my photos posted to social media in May.

 

Happy daffodils, along with the emerging azaleas…
Early April in the beautiful Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, Canada.

Butchart gardens victoria daffodils

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One of my highlights from last Summer was witnessing the Monarch butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada, just east of Vancouver. I have seen and appreciate butterflies in the wild but this event was certainly different. While the range of the Monarchs includes Southern Canada, I have never seen one outside of an enclosed sanctuary. For photo enthusiasts, such as myself, who enjoy flowers and butterflies, the butterfly release was a perfect opportunity on what was a beautiful Summer’s day in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

During the event, participants make donations to a sponsored local charity and then release a Monarch butterfly into the garden of Krause Berry Farms. These butterflies don’t necessarily fly away but linger amongst the flowers…

Two of my favourites… a butterfly and a Tiger Lily.

tiger lily monarch butterfly

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