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Green or brown in September?


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My virgin post here! :D

So, our first Camino will be a year from now, in September/October 2013. I'm curious about the landscape that time of year along the Camino Frances. We live in Southern California where we have a Mediterranean climate much like Spain's. Here, the hills and grasslands are very green in the spring, but very brown in September after a long, hot, dry summer. Is it the same along the Camino?

We are hoping for green, of course.

But somehow I suspect we will get brown.

What has been your experience in the fall? Would we do better in October?

Thank you. This is the first of what will probably be a gazillion dumb questions (though I will search for previous threads before asking). :)

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Harvested fields and falling leaves; probably not a lot of green.


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That's kind of what I thought. :(. Oh well, i am sure it will still be amazing.


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We are in Burgos on September 4; started in Pamplona on August 26, and took a bus through a couple of sections. There are fields of ferny green asparagus in a couple of places, truck gardens with pepper plants stuffed chock full of fruits, and huge tomatoes, pear, apple, fig and other fruit trees, forests that are still green. We've seen plenty of golden stubble in the fields, but the black raspberries are ripening along the paths (we eat a few daily). The vineyards in La Rioja are bright green, and the grapes hanging heavy on the vines.


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Frances (2011), Del Salvador (2013), every year a part starting from the border of NL/B close to Antwerpen
I did the camino last year between 7 Sept and 7 Oct. Leaves were still green. And like "Tericarns" wrote: plenty of fruits and vegetables. The weed fields are still yellow. The first leaves started falling when I passed León.
For example you can see here how it is: ... :thumbnail
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I prefer walking in Fall. It's incredibly beautiful, but yes... different, having walked this Spring.
Either way, you'll have a wonderful time!
In Fall you'll run into Wine FESTIVALS!!!


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DanaRuns said:
We are hoping for green, of course.

Definitely a case of "be careful what you wish for". Remember that what makes those fields green is RAIN, which you would have to be walking through. Dry days are so much more comfortable walking.


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