A Collection of Cairns

On Sunday, I awoke early and hiked up Mt. Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire. They have a nice collection of cairns marking the trail. Some are more decorative while others truly guide your way. Enjoy!


17 thoughts on “A Collection of Cairns

  1. milfordstreet Post author

    Thank you….I didn’t even know there was a Cairn Terrier. I recalled there being nice cairns up the top and hiked it specifically to get shots of these.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I’m not sure – good question. Some looked like quite a few people had added to them. I just Googled an image of a Cairn Terrier – Definitely cute!

  2. vera ersilia

    Wiki says: ‘A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones.’
    I vaguely recall that in Nordic folklore in some country adding a stone brings good luck on your travels … Wiki did not mention this, so it may be my imagination.
    There are enormous cairns from the Neolithic that were made to cover burials.
    This info just in case you did not care to know…. now you do anyway…

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Wow – I like learning this bit of cairn information. I really like the cairns and have hiked other mountains where you get in sections that require following them to follow the trail. They have a simple elegance to them.

  3. prior

    oh wow – now how did I miss the shoes when I was here last? I think I just scrolled the blog and not each post – and in the little collage I missed them – but how fun! And the shoes also give it a modern day kinda feel – like those slip-ons feel so modern to me – and not sure if they are the ones that send a pair to a child – but the way your set them up has that artist’s touch too.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you…It is odd because you would never want to try to hike this mountain in those shoes. Did the person have them in her pack and want to get rid of them? Or did she bring them to place on a cairn? It is a fun touch.

      1. prior

        yeah – it does make you wonder – because you are right – they are not hiking shows – but their color and stripes sure do match the whole scene too – šŸ™‚ ā¤

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        …and if they left their shoes, they would be hiking barefoot. That is not the place to go bare-footin’ šŸ˜€

        They did look pretty cool there. I wish I’d taken more photos of them.

  4. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A great collection of photography on Milford Street and this group of cairns reminded me of the mountains we have scaled over the years – the ritual of putting a stone on the cairn at the top usually accompanied by a tot of some sort. Whilst I might have trailed somewhat behind my husband on these excursions, it was the downward journey which always seemed the hardest on the legs.

      1. ubecute

        Yes, I did! I spent some of the best years of my life there. White Mountains is my favorite place in this whole wide world!

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