Cedar Lake Cairn - Stacked Stones

Cedar Lake Cairn – Stacked Stones

Someone has been making Cairns in my neighborhood, there were several on the Northwest point of Lake of the Isles a few weeks ago and I found this one on Cedar’s Hidden Beach last weekend. I wonder if it’s the same person that was making labrynths around here. If you are the cairn-maker or know who it is, I’d like to meet. Whoever it is sure seems to be having fun.

I did some research on cairns last year when I found a bunch of them at Afton State Park, you can read that article here. I think what makes a carin so interesting is that it is so simple in design, yet completely unseen in nature. Animals (lacking thumbs) don’t stack rocks, so it’s a purely human behavior and the skill required is pretty impressive, seriously, take a look at how complex this one is!

  • I haven’t seen one of these yet. I will have to keep my eyes open! Great photo!

  • This is amazing. How long did it take you to put it together? 😉

  • Really cool set up here. I love finding cairns, but I’ve never seen that spot in Afton. I’ll have to check it out next time I go there. Whereabouts was it?

  • I was there with a hiking group, so I’m not sure, it was on the back side of a ridge of trees on the edge of a field, opposite from the ski hill. I want to go back and look for it myself, so I’ll see if I can find it.
    – Mitch

  • I love these things. They are very enigmatic, particularly so coming out of the water. You can find them in all sorts of odd corners of Death Valley, which is where I first saw them.

  • I have a flickr contact that is a pro at balancing rocks. Here is a link to his blog:

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