Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cairns - Messengers in Stone

You may have seen cairns before ...pointing to something noteworthy or simply as a direction marker on one of your hiking trails.

In general these cairns are perhaps built for many purposes. The most common use today is to mark the hiking trails. A series of these cairns are placed at regular intervals to indicate the trail direction where it is otherwise not obvious. 
They could also be placed to point to something noteworthy or simply to warn of an obscured danger ahead like a sudden drop.

We spent our July 4th weekend along the Olympic peninsula and visited the famous Ruby beach (link) on this trip.
We spotted these numerous cairns here and wondered what their significance was. It wasn't pointing to any trail direction nor a danger. It's obviously a noteworthy place and not sure the cairns where intended for that.

They seemed to resonate a message. These stones were the silent messengers communicating something. 

While I was trying to decipher this, I see my little girl without a second thought starts to build one of her own cairns.. as though she was doing her bit in passing this message further. 

"Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

More picture series to follow on this beautiful trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Stay tuned :)

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