According to Wikipedia:
“A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones.

A cairn is so much more then that.  A cairn is a road sign along the trail.   A  marker indicating arrival at your destination.  It can serve as a warning as to some hidden danger.  It can be  a memorial to a lost friend, or an expression of artistic whimsy.  But  whatever they are, they are most certainly more then just a  “… pile of stones.”

We encounter cairns all the time in the Adirondacks.  Along trails and waterways, on top of a High Peaks, or on the summit of lesser mountains. They are big, small, sloppy, or well constructed.  At times they can be feats  of engineering greatness.

We have always been fascinated by cairns.   When we have come upon them,  more often then not, we will pause and take a picture.  So from our  extensive photo  collection of “…piles of stones.” we offer some of our favorites.  Enjoy and please don’t ever  stop cairn.