I have read that the path out of Leon is not well marked and goes through a sketchy area. It was suggested that pilgrims take a taxi to the outskirts of the city and pick up the Camino outside the city. Does anyone have insight about this? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
Maryanne, I see you are being thorough in your preparation. You do not say where you found the information, but you have given me a new meaning for sketchy. I have been under the misapprehension it meant under-done. As in, a lazy piece of research on a topic for school. Or hazy, as in vague memory.
My own memory of walking from Leon is hazy - it was in 2006.
You will be walking with your husband, so it seems you will not need to be concerned, and once you are actually walking, everything you have researched will fall into place, you will 'get' the message.
You will be making your own experience, walking your own pilgrimage.
There are very few places during my life that I have found to be sketchy in the sense you seem to mean, and I am rather long in the tooth! (One of them was the scene of a massacre in long past history.)
The only sketchy thing I recall on leaving Leon was a barking mad dog that was stopping other pilgrims out of fear. My walking companion let the creature see she was not afraid, and all benefitted from the manoevre, making safe passage onward.
The choice will be yours, on the day. Give it a chance.
As you asked for thoughts and suggestions, my final word is this one: I learned that on the camino there is no way back.
I offer you that, it is over to you to see if it means anything on your own camino!