Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: Gone hikin'


Red Rock Cairns, Fay Canyon, AZ

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. It's so fun to come up on them while hiking!

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  2. It's always fun to see those cairns around. Much better than graffiti all over the place :-)

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  3. Love the color of the rocks!

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  4. How fun--art that fits so beautifully into the landscape.

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  5. There is a creek near our house where we hike and I love when we turn a corner a see a stack of rocks. I like that someone took the time to leave behind something creative and beautiful.

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    1. It was clear that someone took a good deal of time with these. It really was an unexpected little "gift."

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  6. I agree with Lisa - I like when people take time to leave something like this for others to find. It's an unexpected gift for the spirit.

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  7. I love visiting Arizona, with all the beautiful colors and rocks, etc.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  8. Thanks for dropping by and visiting!

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  9. Interesting...makes me wonder if you staged it, or if the rocks were just piled there randomly.

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    1. They're cairns -- hikers leave them on trails to draw attention to something of interest, to tell people they're on the right trail, or to warn them about a problem in the travel. The tradition goes at least as far as ancient Greece. So while they were definitely put there on purpose, I can't take credit -- I just found them while hiking.

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  10. Great photo. And thanks for the historical significance

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  11. Nice. I've never seen these before. But then, most of my hiking is done on flat lands and wooded areas.

    Did you figure out what they meant? Or perhaps someone was marking how far they had hiked?

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    1. There was a big hole in front of the larger rock that the cairns were placed on, so someone might have wanted to draw attention to that. It also occurred to me that the rock might be a nice place for a snake to sun itself, and someone might have had the very good idea to make you think before climbing up!

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    2. Hmmm, snakes. I'll have to remember that!

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  12. Arizona - great place for hiking! I liked reading your reply above about the meaning of cairns - that was new to me! Hope you had a great trip.

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    1. I try to keep it under wraps, but sometimes the teacher in me just comes out, Colleen :) We did have a fantastic trip!

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  13. I came for the Saturday snapshot - no argument, the 'rock people are cool- but I also LOVE your main background picture.
    Is that an art school housed in a really nifty old building? WHAT is it? I LOVE it.

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    1. Why thanks, Sim. It is actually a picture I took in La Boca, a traditional immigrant neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The houses used to be painted with leftover paint, which is the origin of the districts "mix-and-match" style. It's now a kind of mecca for local artists.

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  14. That looks like a fun place to go!

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