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.
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?
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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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You bet it’s a cairn!Incorrect
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Also, this cairn is at Horseshoe Bend, which is in Arizona, which automatically makes this not a cairn.Incorrect
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One institutional, one decorative-but-still-helpful. Good job!Incorrect
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Is this cairn practice? A re-creation of “Close Encounters?” Whatever it is, it’s not a cairn.Incorrect