Clatsop Cairn

Clatsop Cairn
The Clatsop Cairn

As I was wandering about yesterday, I came across this cairn next to the parking lot at Clatsop Community College.  For those of you who are cairn-challenged, a cairn is defined as “a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline”.  So, at least the placement of the stack was technically correct.  However, the randomness of the location leads one to wonder why it was placed there.  And, by whom?  Was someone commemorating a particularly good parking space day?  Or was it to declare the parking lot as a particularly important and noteworthy landmark?  More importantly, was it constructed by one person in one session?  Or, is this a group project in process?  Perhaps its a secret society that flourishes in the nooks and crannies of Astoria.  A group dedicated to the construction of cairns in clandestine places.

I think we all need to be on the lookout for more appearances of random rock stackings as we go about our daily business….

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