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I took yesterday as a vacation day, and Sharif got to leave work early, so we went down to Historic Ellicott City yesterday afternoon- to celebrate the afternoon off, and to be outside for awhile. The river has been decorated since last time I looked at it- there are dozens of precariously balanced stacks of stones all over this one section. It is somehow mesmerizing.

I liked it particularly because it's neat looking without adding anything to the river that shouldn't be there, or taking anything away that belongs there. Also, it reminded me of New Zealand, in that I would occassionally encounter one or two stacks like this along rocky beaches.

There was a guy wading around and trying (mostly failing) to create new stacks. We didn't talk to him, and we couldn't tell if he had worked on the rest of them, or if he'd just come across it all and decided to try his hand at it.

I really need to carry my camera with me more often. I could have had much cooler photos if I'd had a zoom. And, you know, a better quality camera than my phone can offer.
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From:bitchiekittie
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
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those piles are referred to as cairns. I think it's cool to find them in seemingly random places; even more so when someone, or several or even many someones, went all out to make bunches of them in one place.
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From:bitchiekittie
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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er, now that I look at the wikipedia entry a bit more, it seems like they're talking about the ones that have a specific purpose and/or are very large. yours are cooler!
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From:khakipants
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
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It was particulary cool to me because I drive over that bridge on my way to work every day. Clearly, unless these were all done over the weekend at some sort of stone-stacking party, I need to be paying more attention to my surroundings. What else am I missing out on?!
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From:rosewater
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
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We saw the same stone stacks in Ithaca! SPOOKY
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From:khakipants
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Johnny Stonestacker is making his rounds.
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From:misfidget
Date:June 24th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh oh! I saw those on friday and was wondering what it was all about... reminded me of an Andy Goldsworthy installation. I also saw a line of larger, rougher stones in single file on the side of the road a little bit up Old Columbia Pike, which did not seem to be related to anyone's driveway, and wondered if they were part of whatever it was.

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From:wordmaster73
Date:June 24th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
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A coworker and I have been watching it expand from one or two on out. This I believe is the first one. most were created by one guy, but others have put their own in. It's really intriguing.
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From:divamelisande
Date:June 25th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I remember seeing rock stacks like that when Seamus and I were driving down to Queenstown on our honeymoon :-)

damn, they were some good times.
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