July 17, 2016

On the Piney Lake Trail last week...

... near Vail, Colorado, we had a beautiful hike.

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A gentle face on that rock, no? And then this:

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It seemed as though one was supposed to add a rock. I found one that I thought looked like LBJ (in profile):

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It blended right in:

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21 comments:

Fritz said...

Environmentalists are getting concerned about the impacts of stone piling:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stacking-rocks-wilderness-no-good-180955880/?no-ist

It's not high on my personal list of worries.

Original Mike said...

I hope your cairn desecration doesn't lead to tragedy.

Ann Althouse said...

For the record, the piled rocks were before the wilderness area began.

Rae said...

The cairns are supposed to mark trails. They're not a public art project. That said, I don't think moving a rock harms anything.

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, no. Here we go.

Original Mike said...

;-)

Michael said...

I must say I am not keen on any rock "installations" out in the greatest of all installations. There is an especially offensive bit in Stanley Park in Vancouver which I am ashamed to say I do not kick over every time I pass. I find these the equivalent of putting a t.v. set in front of the Grand Canyon.

Michael said...

wait!! I commented before I hit Fritz' link. The picture of those rocks! Those are the fucking offensive rocks in Stanley Park. I hate them, absolutely hate them. I am with the Enviros on this one.

AprilApple said...

The Gore range. Beaut-teeful.

rhhardin said...

Whenever I traveled, I always looked at going home as a goal, but it was always travel on business, even if to exotic places, none of which genre attract me as a result.

And I spent every summer vacation as a kid in mountains so I hate them. They spoil the view of the horizon, which is what you get every day in Ohio. Every time you look around in the mountains you're confined in some valley, pretty much.

rhhardin said...

I flew into a little unmanned grass airport near our vacation spot a few times after I had an airplane; I scarcely noticed the mountains except as a navigational problem, not at all what I imagined as a kid.

traditionalguy said...

Aspen is the favorite destination of rich Europeans. It is hard to find Americans at the resorts in Aspen except for a few old residents who work there.

And the stacking of a pile of rock is a Norwegian custom that signifies a covenant with a loved one that someday you will return there to that mountain together.

Quaestor said...

I trust we don't have to worry about the LBJ rock being assassinated.

Josephbleau said...

Along the roadways on the island of Hawaii the locals write messages in characters made of small white rocks, seems friendly but there are warnings that it must not continue.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Piney Wood Hills. Buffy St Marie

Life should be lived on the piney wood hills.

Love as I love....my piney wood hills.

Ann Althouse said...

I remember that song. Have the album.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Me too.

Walk down memory lane :-) Broke Down Girl

Such a great talent. Forgotten. Mostly but not totally.

Original Mike said...

"...mountains so I hate them. They spoil the view of the horizon, "

You should have been an astronomer.

Robert Kramer said...

If it were in his pocket I wonder if it would fall out of LBJ's trousers when he sat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR_myjOr0OU

Left Bank of the Charles said...

How new age.

Rusty said...

A little pet peeve of mine. Nature isn't natural when you fuck around with it. Those rocks were doing just fine where erosion put them. Now they have to wait for an earthquake or some other natural disaster to get back to their migration downhill.
Next time why not spray paint them gold?