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Stacking Rocks

Postby balzaccom » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:46 pm

In case you were wondering. We've seen these "art installations" all over the parks we visit. And while every once in a while one seems slightly charming, the absolute epidemic of stacked rocks all over the place has quickly become a real eyesore. In Yosemite it is like a plague of locusts.

When we were hiking on our recent trip to the Southwest, we noted this very clear sign that made it apparent: stacked rocks are graffiti. This is especially important in the Southwest, where geoglyphs and other rock installations can be thousands of years old, and indicate real archeological importance. Scrawling all over that with your own clever creations is graffiti, nothing more or less.

Here's a link to the sign: Image
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Re: Stacking Rocks

Postby Phil » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:13 pm


They can also screw people up navigationally. I'll fix those right up with a good kick or swipe of my pole. I'm like the roving Jackson Pollock to their Zen Garden.
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