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Old 07-15-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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I often see on the side of the road rocks that are balanceed one on top of the other. I was wondering if there is any meaning to this. I have seen this in Moultonboro, Meredith, Center Harbor.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:44 AM   #2
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Shhhhhhhh. First rule of balanced rock club Is don’t talk about balanced rock club.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:03 PM   #4
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Wow that is pretty vague
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I had a Cairn Terrier (think Toto from the Wizard of Oz) for nearly 15 years, does that count?
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If not mistaken, today they are used in a few ways (as referred to in Wikipedia) one is to memorialize a spot -- you see many "crosses" nowadays on the side of the road, consider it similar.

The other, more common is their are people who literally "treasure hunt" items -- the sport is global and is referred to as Geocaching

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching



a friend of mine use to do geocaching as a hobby and (among others) there are at least 2 locations on Stonedam and one that I know of (from him) on Bear


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Yesterday I notice a few piles of these all together about in the same spot on the East side of Timber Island.
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Cairns are markers, either for hikers above treeline or river crossings--where traditional blazes wouldn't work--or as memorials/special places.

Please, please, please do NOT create new cairns if you're out exploring the wilderness--along with breaking LNT fundamentals, they can be deadly.

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Old 07-15-2019, 03:20 PM   #9
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I've seen a few in a cove near our house where boaters gather on the weekends. I'm pretty sure the meaning of those stacks is "the people who were here found something to occupy their day while drinking and floating".
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It’s now a fad to make these mildly, annoying rock piles. There is an old homestead near where I live that recently lost its elderly (wealthy) owner.
For years I enjoyed driving by her property and taking in the hilltop views and old field stone walls, envisioning the hard work the early farmers did clearing their fields of these...having heard of the owner’s passing I drove by to see what might be happening with the extensive, property. Behold there were now not one but many of these rock piles atop the fieldstone walls...like every 10 feet.
I can imagine the out of state “inheritors” kids running wild along the walls and gleefully, balancing as many rocks as they could find.
Likewise, you see them more and more as you drive the country roads.
While having a good time doing things like this is not at all “a bad thing” still, I feel it is a desecration of sorts, of the original (early farmer’s) intent to what the walls meant to him and his family.
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Cairns are found above the tree line on Mt.Washington to guide hikers to the summit in foggy conditions. Several rock stacks are located on the west side of Six Mile Island. A neighbor in southern New Hampshire has erected several of these structures along the front of her property. 🐻
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I had a Cairn Terrier (think Toto from the Wizard of Oz) for nearly 15 years, does that count?
Would count only if stacked on top of other Cairn Terriers...

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