Monday, November 16, 2015

Biking in South Burlington? Caution watch out for ROCKS Cairns!

South Burlington rock formation?

Entering the South Burlington, VT Bike Path at Spear and Swift Streets behind Wheelock Surplus barn, one begins a curving downhill ride 

(or walk) with a farm field on the left bordered by woods. Nice scenery, however look a little closer to the left across the field and something even more interesting quietly, steadfastly, stands amidst rain, and snow, sunshine, and wind even though balanced on the smallest resting landings, one atop another, and another-ROCKS. Rock Carins to be more exact. Carins- rocks or stone arranged by someone for a purpose like providing directions, or sometimes for the art and playfulness derived from the effort and the intrigue and beauty to share with anyone passing or stopping to enjoy. 

So if you are biking in South Burlington; Caution, watch out for ROCKS!

The South Burlington Cairns (Rock Folks) talk to me, perhaps they will speak to you as well! 

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Gated community

Lonely Lookout

Hope you enjoy the tranquility of this place, and the insight and humor of the 'Rock Folks'. 

Cairn Tollgate.
I had to run back
to get a shitload of dimes.

Illustrating the climb to success
and its precarious nature
Mini Amphitheater

It is only a stone's throw from here,
just follow the trodden path. 

Trail Guides

Dad, Mom, and Kids

You stay on your side
I will stay on mine -
We will get along just fine.
Rock Cairns un-characteristically
 fearful of heights-
afraid to go any higher.


The White Stone Inn


Careful, the rock Cairns may sneak up on you. 

VT shaped rock with a twist

Practicing the 'Cairn Walk'
One must stand straight and tall,
not wobble or fall
from dawn to night-

The perfect fit is hard to find. 

The big guys
need help
from the little guys -
Everyone together
is key
to standing tall.

Wait for me!

Left behind. 

So close yet so far.
 I just wanna hold your hand.

The same, but different. 

Thx for the shade,
now how about
cold beer. 

A shoulder to lean on. 

This rock told me
his name is

Can anyone tell if it is
on the other side of the hill? 

UVM's Wheelock Barn in background

Gathered for a Family Portrait.

Bone Tired
with endurance of steel

The Maker's design mark.

My face shows
the age of time
the experience of a long life
the joys and pains
the memories
all cherished.

From ashes to dust
from rock
to sand
for all time.

Steady March Upward.
The were all singing
"Onward Christian Soldiers..."

Sun beating down
oh joyous joyous
warm sun.

Sometimes it takes death to see life, 
darkness to see light, 
age to understand time. 

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Photos by Bernie Paquette

Seven Days article, Random Acts of Beauty transforms field with Sculpture.
The Other Paper article, JP the rock star in the field of Cairns
Cairns, Heaps, and other rock piles. Info about Cairns.