Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

“In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.” ~ Daily Post weekly photo challange

I’m going with a non-traditional monument. I love hiking. One of my favorite places is on top of a mountain looking out. New York state’s highest mountain is Mount Marcy. I’ve hiked it twice now. The last time I did it there had been a crazy storm the night before and when we got to the summit the clouds were so low it felt like we could touch them if we stretched enough. Summit stewards and other hikers have carried rocks to the top to section off portions of the summit to keep unsuspecting hikers from damaging the fragile ecosystem. They will also stack them into rock cairns to lead the way  to the summit. To me, the cairns are a monumental part of the hike and are testament to those who make it to the top.

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Rock cairn on the summit of Mount Marcy

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View of another mountain from the summit. Crazy light, hence the weird colored sky

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Plaque on the summit

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