Funny, that was about all I needed to know from that comment!Best comment to the article:
As an Environmental Psychologist from Boulder, Colorado ...
That did it, I'm heading over there right after work!Whether to define the trail border, act as a corral, as part of the trail construction or just for fun, trail decorations are just part of the scene. It's not like the trail is a natural structure anyway. Like to see Mookie take the wall apart! Here ya go mate - hate on these
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Ironically enough, today's Bizarro comic:Best comment to the article:
As an Environmental Psychologist from Boulder, Colorado I cannot disagree more with the author here. Rock stacking, and the placing of cairns has been going on for millennia, it is a part of the human condition. We stacked rocks before we could write, we used them for alerting others that water was close by, or where an encampment was. This is not some blind rock stacking, this is humans expressing their bliss in an all-too-human way. My main issue with the article is that it smells of elite hiking, of having a purpose above other people's purpose. The Forest is our original home, and as such we are innately drawn to it. I have seen inner city children who are exposed to the wilderness begin stacking rocks for no seeming reason at all other than it makes them feel happy and good.
I think the author ought to breathe and look at the intrinsic beauty of a cairn and the human being who stacked it. And above all understand that cairns are temporary, they are not increasing erosion, there is no need to assert false pretences to try and get people to stop rock stacking, it's simply not going to happen. I urge the author to google Andy Goldsworthy and see that human/nature art is magnificent and not something to get angry about when hiking.
Might be better if you ask Mookie, although I hear he's unavailable after workI will keep stacking them up so that the people with nothing better to do can keep unstacking them. I consider it to be a good public service. I mean, those people could be out raping, murdering, stealing, robbing, dealing drugs, or abusing drugs, right?