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I have been known to tip a few rocks over the years. It is simultaneously both invigorating and calming, if that is possible. An energizing meditation of balance. It’s unexpected, sometimes mind-boggling, captivating, and often photo-worthy.

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What’s not to like?

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Well, quite possibly, several things. I can totally understand another way of thinking about this topic after reading a post by Brent McDaniel for the Friends of the Smokies blog.

Titled, “Don’t Move Rocks!” it provides a perspective from the “leave no trace” philosophy, offering many very logical reasons for consideration.

The simplest might be, If every one of the 10 million people who visit the Smokies every year decided they should build their own cairn, do you think that’s a park you’d want to visit again, up to your ears in stacks of rocks?

Think about it. If a little is good, more must be better, right? It’s art. Who doesn’t want more artistry in the world?

Going forward, I have decided to be more thoughtful about the places where I choose to move rocks.

I’m also now inspired to want to walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thanks for that alternative perspective, Brent!

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Written by johnwhays

July 6, 2017 at 6:00 am