Pilgrimage in Place

Image Description: The Huron River with trees of many colors reflected in the water.
Photo, Renee Roederer.

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks, you’ll know that I’ve been on a personal trek. Bit by bit, I’ve been walking the Border to Border Trail, otherwise known as the B2B in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The whole journey is 70 miles long. Yesterday, after 14 days of walking a portion each day, I hit a milestone and finished the longest segment which runs from Ypsilanti through Ann Arbor. Now I’m going to start walking to Dexter, and then I’ll finish the last portion.

I’ve been thinking about how some people travel to Spain or France to walk a pilgrimage, perhaps most famously El Camino de Santiago. But this gem is right here where I live. I’ve seen beautiful sites, discovered segments previously unknown to me, and taken some of the most wonderful photography. I’ve enjoyed sharing the images.

This is my pilgrimage in place. I am paying attention to the scenery around me and to my internal landscape of feelings, hopes, and daydreams.

This has been a lovely experience. Plants… bridges… scenes of colorful leaves…

Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer
Photo, Renee Roederer

One thought on “Pilgrimage in Place

  1. This seems like a lovely thing to do, Renee. I liked that you referred to it as a pilgrimage. How have you been walking it? I mean, you do a little each time, but do you drive to a point, walk, and then what? walk back to the car? have someone pick you up at your ending point? Can you elaborate on your logistical challenges?


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