My feelings on cairns have recently changed

cairn (noun): still a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop


If you read this blog then you know that I hate useless piles of stacked rocks. I kick them over. I have even said that I hate cairns.

I know.

I know.

Well, I voted against cairns before I voted in favor of them. Today, I want to tell you that…

…wait for it…

I love cairns.

Let’s get more specific so we can clear up this difference between cairns-I-love and cairns-I-hate.

I love cairns that are useful.

I love cairns in Utah.

I love cairns that communicate clearly but don’t showboat. If I can see it from 45 feet and it shows me where to go, that cairn does not to be fancy and I love that cairn.

I love the occasional decorative cairn. But it still needs to be useful.


I hate pointless cairns.

I hate cairns in Arizona.

I hate cairns whose purpose is to say, “I was here.” No one cares, Katie.

Now, please take this “Is this a cairn?” quiz to see if you have done a good job learning the utterly clear and un-confounding truths of cairndom that I have taught you.

Is this a cairn?

Look at the images below and consider Ted’s criteria to determine whether or not what you see is a cairn.

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