By DAVID R. FRAZIER
In June while working the “day job” in northern Spain I was driving a rental car through the Pyrenees Mountains north of Pamplona when I spotted a sock in the road which appeared to contain an object.
Being an inveterate “road shopper,” I pulled off the twisty road and retrieved what turned out to be a point-and-shoot camera which was pretty banged up. I tossed it into a camera bag and forgot about it until this past weekend.
After downloading more than 400 photos, I felt like I knew the young Basque Man who was in many of the shots. He was in his late 20s or early 30s, had several girl friends, a boxer dog, liked to ski, bike, and spent a lot of time with younger children–posing for group shots often. He was either an athlete or sports celebrity.
In the shot posted here, I recognized the abutment to a stone bridge that I had also photographed. I checked my notes and identified the scene as Zubiri, Navarra, Spain. From there I just relied on the old detective tracking skills–we used to call it legwork. A single Google Map search in satellite view brought up the scene with a nearby hostel (hotel) listed. Street View even has images of the bridge.
The image of the Basque guy and kids was attached to an e-mail to the hotel asking for any help and the next day a return e-mail confirmed the guy is a teacher at the local elementary school. Four years of photos and memories are now headed back to Spain.
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