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Pre-Pilgrim times - photos of when you were young?

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Heya ... oh dear, lockdown ... rambling mind had a thought - we meet pilgrims on Camino 'as they are' and virtually meet on the forum ... but what did we look like in our formative years, decades before we became the glorious and gorgeous heroes of Camino that we now are ..

I will start .... :D:D

Me at about 3 .. looking utterly bewildered and still stunned to find I had been born on the wrong planet by mistake ... I still am totally bewildered - (older child was my half-sister). Sandals, shorts, what not to like!!

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at about 18 passport photo .. pretending I know the ways of the world and hoping my beautiful blue eyes will make all women fall into my arms ;)

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And now?? at 72 saggy and baggy with a head like an old coconut that has been in the sea too long
(no photo - I break camera lenses).
 

Delphinoula

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C. PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C.Franconia 2019 C.Algeciras Sevillia 2019
Swabian C. (2020)
A quote from Robin Hood: Show yourself child....the years have been kind.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Ah - I thought that many wouldn't want to post current photos of themselves ... internet privacy fears and so on.
 

NYSE

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances & Camino Finisterre/Muxia April 2019
Heya ... oh dear, lockdown ... rambling mind had a thought - we meet pilgrims on Camino 'as they are' and virtually meet on the forum ... but what did we look like in our formative years, decades before we became the glorious and gorgeous heroes of Camino that we now are ..

I will start .... :D:D

Me at about 3 .. looking utterly bewildered and still stunned to find I had been born on the wrong planet by mistake ... I still am totally bewildered - (older child was my half-sister). Sandals, shorts, what not to like!!

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at about 18 passport photo .. pretending I know the ways of the world and hoping my beautiful blue eyes will make all women fall into my arms ;)

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And now?? at 72 saggy and baggy with a head like an old coconut that has been in the sea too long
(no photo - I break camera lenses).
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That's me in St. Jean Pied de Port 16 years before I walked my first Camino.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
Heya ... oh dear, lockdown ... rambling mind had a thought - we meet pilgrims on Camino 'as they are' and virtually meet on the forum ... but what did we look like in our formative years, decades before we became the glorious and gorgeous heroes of Camino that we now are ..

I will start .... :D:D

Me at about 3 .. looking utterly bewildered and still stunned to find I had been born on the wrong planet by mistake ... I still am totally bewildered - (older child was my half-sister). Sandals, shorts, what not to like!!

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at about 18 passport photo .. pretending I know the ways of the world and hoping my beautiful blue eyes will make all women fall into my arms ;)

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And now?? at 72 saggy and baggy with a head like an old coconut that has been in the sea too long
(no photo - I break camera lenses).
How lucky you were at 18 not to have any spots! 😀
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 

jmcarp

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
My lovely wife and I backpacking in the Grand Canyon, 1988. None of that ultralight cr*p for me! (It looks like I was posing for one of those gag photos of what to pack for the Camino.)

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Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
My lovely wife and I backpacking in the Grand Canyon, 1988. None of that ultralight cr*p for me!
Looks pretty similar to my pack and loads at the time. Our contemporary backpack adventure was Yellowstone in '89 (our '88 adventure was a drive through Portugal and Spain).

I'm too chicken to send in anything post-preteen but I can't find my photoalbum of those times.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
You’d really be confused if you saw me now. I just gave myself a CoVid cut - #4 on the hair clippers. So freeing! 😊
I only just heard of those short haircuts last week, but don't know what they have to do with the virus.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Yes, when I was young. Note the hand made swimming trunks worn by a cousin, with elastic thread holding them up. My swimming costume, as it would have been called, was probably a hand me down from the eldest cousin, to her sister, to my sister, and finally to me...the photo was taken "Doon the watter" on a day trip by train, with half the town. There was a railway station before Lord Beeching axed it. I had better not continue as that would get this post of mine axed!
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CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
Beg everyone's pardon for "my indulgence" so to speak
Pretty much all of my youth pictures are at my mom's being the old paper photos. whatever I had personally unfortunately perished in our house fire back in the early 80s (TG nobody got hurt and thats all that matters)
So.... this is what i can cobble up from what I have (nice trip through the ages)

1965 - Alupka, Crimea (what then was USSR) with my Mother
kinda what @C clearly said - no idea how this sweet boy grew into me :rolleyes:
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2010-Trente cinq ans plus tard (what then was Ukraine, now Russia) with my wife
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"My Previous Life" (i.e. American Civil War Living History\Reenactment)
Ah'z rec'n it makes me 182 years young :)

2003 - Gettysburg, PA 140th Anniversary of the Battle ("Lt-Gen & Mrs James Longstreet")
2006 - reenactment field Bristol PA ("where are my re-reinforcements?")
Gen & Mrs CdV.jpeg Neshaminy Field 04-06.jpg

2011 - Camino Inca with my son
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Literally "last hurrah" pre-COVID19
2019 - Barcelona Spain (Ahhhh Tapas & Sangria)
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CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
And then I am 50.
🎶
Издалека долго
Течёт река Волга,
Течёт река Волга — Конца и края нет.
Среди хлебов спелых,
Среди снегов белых
Течёт моя Волга,
А мне уж тридцать лет. 🎶

Part of an old Soviet song - here is the translation of above
The river Volga flows
From far away,
The river Volga flows -
There is no end.
Among ripe crops,
Among a white snow
My Volga flows
And I am already thirty years old.
 
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CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
@Turga
Well.... like it or not Generals dont go into an experimental subs ;) so ... NO!
that said (and I eluded to it in the explain your avatar thread) it is a cut-out replica of The Hunley which was used for the filming of the 1999 movie located where the sub actually lives now-a-days
We vacation in Murrell's Inlet SC pretty much every year and we always take a day trip to C-ton and I visit her every chance I get. Amazing how much work they did restoring. For a while you were not even allowed to take pics but you can now....
I also missed the burial of the crew by like 1 week. Lots of reenactment units from all over and the joke "in The Hobby" at the time was that the whole US ran out of black silk (the ladies were making widow weeps dresses)

Ah... those were the days... :)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Beg everyone's pardon for "my indulgence" so to speak
Pretty much all of my youth pictures are at my mom's being the old paper photos. whatever I had personally unfortunately perished in our house fire back in the early 80s (TG nobody got hurt and thats all that matters)
So.... this is what i can cobble up from what I have (nice trip through the ages)

1965 - Alupka, Crimea (what then was USSR) with my Mother
kinda what @C clearly said - no idea how this sweet boy grew into me :rolleyes:
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2010-Trente cinq ans plus tard (what then was Ukraine, now Russia) with my wife
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"My Previous Life" (i.e. American Civil War Living History\Reenactment)
Ah'z rec'n it makes me 182 years young :)

2003 - Gettysburg, PA 140th Anniversary of the Battle ("Lt-Gen & Mrs James Longstreet")
2006 - reenactment field Bristol PA ("where are my re-reinforcements?")
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2011 - Camino Inca with my son
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Literally "last hurrah" pre-COVID19
2019 - Barcelona Spain (Ahhhh Tapas & Sangria)
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I enjoyed your indulgence, Buffy!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
I'm too chicken to send in anything post-preteen but I can't find my photoalbum of those times.
I found the album. It was lying flat in a cabinet with things on top and in front of it. Here's the picture that I wanted to share with you.
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This was taken on the day that can count as the start of my walking and hiking life. I was six years old and hiking up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire with my father. In the picture I'm at the Halfway House on the trail up through Tuckerman Ravine. At the top of the ravine the wind took my hat. It is likely still flying around. At the peak it was windy and cold, something the mountain is noted for (visit the link above). I was allowed into the old weather observatory to warm up at the coal stove while my father arranged a ride back down the mountain on the auto road. The observatory had chains going over it and bolted to the mountain to keep it from blowing away in the winter winds (up to 231 miles per hour or 372 km/hr).

I've been back up there numerous times since, always bringing lots of clothing and shelter. In the last 20 - 30 years I've been making sure I take a commemorative hike up at least every five years. After the next one (in 2022) I may have to start doing one each year because I'm not sure I'll be able to hike a 2027 trip.
 
Camino(s) past & future
First one in 1977 by train. Many since then by foot. Next one ASAP.
2002! Beginning of my first semester in seminary.... I was in my prime, and had abandoned a successful legal career to pursue the calling that had haunted me since my first visit to Lourdes and SdeC in 1977. A very happy man.

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JP

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014 & 2017
Camino Portuguese 2016
Camino Del Norte 2019.
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Me and my sister on the left, I am about 8 years old. Playing soldier with my friends.
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About 1974, when I was a real soldier in the Canadian Army Reserve.
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Camino Del Norte late May 2019, wishing I was a 20 years old soldier again.
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Playing Soldier again, Armistice Day Ceremony in Quebec City in Canada in November 2019.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi Al,
A memorable photo! That's quite a hat you are wearing...and quite the balancing act by turning your thigh into a table surface for your meal!
My son walked the John Muir trail a couple of years ago; his all time favorite, surpassing the AT, and Colorado Trails. His photos were spectacular!
 

WalkingJane

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
Heya ... oh dear, lockdown ... rambling mind had a thought - we meet pilgrims on Camino 'as they are' and virtually meet on the forum ... but what did we look like in our formative years, decades before we became the glorious and gorgeous heroes of Camino that we now are ..

I will start .... :D:D

Me at about 3 .. looking utterly bewildered and still stunned to find I had been born on the wrong planet by mistake ... I still am totally bewildered - (older child was my half-sister). Sandals, shorts, what not to like!!

View attachment 73527

at about 18 passport photo .. pretending I know the ways of the world and hoping my beautiful blue eyes will make all women fall into my arms ;)

View attachment 73528

And now?? at 72 saggy and baggy with a head like an old coconut that has been in the sea too long
(no photo - I break camera lenses).
Thank you! These are priceless. I'll bet we here on the forum would find a photo of the "now you" more than acceptable.
 

Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I'll play.
A photo of a photo so it's not so clear.
I'm on the right with the fuzzy hair...a trip to the beach with family friends. Maybe 1956? Or late 1955.
Too cute , and very sweet love the hair.. we could be baby twins But I had no hair back then 😃
 
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Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
Breaks your heart doesn't it, to see yourself as a child?
Who among us could have guessed how our lives would pan out?
I remember having such big dreams when I was a kid. The days were big and full of possibilities and adventure. It felt like the whole world belonged to you, that you could do anything and you'd have a million years to do it all. And before you know it, 60% of it has passed before you even start to know yourself. Then you desperately try to work out how to make best use of the remaining 40% and wish that you still had 60%.
Isn't it amazing just how far we travel in the span of a life? Yep, it sure does break my heart to look at old photos. School photos are the toughest ones.
Time's ticking and we're all itching to get back onto the Camino.
I have a keen eye on that 40%.
 
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Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
Well, I feel my body wearing out and try to maintain my function, and my ability to walk caminos, as long and as well as I can But I have been becoming myself over the 72 years that I have been alive and I am reasonably content with the results. My life is fairly comfortable. I have some whom I love and have maintained contact with over many years. I have my faith and my hope for a new adventure when this one ends. I am counting my blessings.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Breaks your heart doesn't it, to see yourself as a child?
No, actually not.
Sure, lots of dreams have gone by the wayside, because you can only do so much. And in retrospect I might have chosen to do some things differently if I'd known then what I know now. But I wouldn't change anything, (many) mistakes and all. It's the mistakes that have taught me more than anything else. And one of the best things age has taught is contentment...
 

Canada Wanders

Lost, but making great time...
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2015
CP 2018

Shaun-Castaneda-Rio

Shaun@Feebird-Castaneda
Camino(s) past & future
Francais 2014
Breaks your heart doesn't it, to see yourself as a child?
Who among us could have guessed how our lives would pan out?
I remember having such big dreams when I was a kid. The days were big and full of possibilities and adventure. It felt like the whole world belonged to you, that you could do anything and you'd have a million years to do it all. And before you know it, 60% of it has passed before you even start to know yourself. Then you desperately try to work out how to make best use of the remaining 40% and wish that you still had 60%.
Isn't it amazing just how far we travel in the span of a life? Yep, it sure does break my heart to look at old photos. School photos are the toughest ones.
Time's ticking and we're all itching to get back onto the Camino.
I have a keen eye on that 40%.
Like your comment "Who among us could have guessed how our lives would pan out?"
In between my Grandmothers table (1967) playing with plugs and screwdrivers, I studied Marine Biology.(82-85)
But in the end I Guess I came back to what I was supposed to do - Freedbird Castaneda (2015- Present)
By the way all the lights and socket work :):):) Buen Camino
 

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