“During the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain and the United States were at economic war, the town of Eastport, Maine grew rapidly as a smuggling center. Campobello Island, on which Head Harbour Lighthouse was built (part of New Brunswick, but only 12 km away from Maine’s coast), also became a trade center. During the 1820s, trade flourished and traffic grew between Campobello Island and the Maine Coast. Fishing, shipping, and shipbuilding were very important activities in Passamaquoddy Bay, but the famous Fundy fogs, high tides, and treacherous rocks around Campobello Island bit into the profits and hearts of seafaring traders. Head Harbour’s light was the first Canadian response to this danger, built to warn sailors approaching the craggy rocks and shoals around Campobello Island. Former American President Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his childhood summers and contracted polio on Campobello Island.” – http://www.campobello.com/lighthouse/litehistory.html
Before heading over to Deer Island, I visited the Head Harbour Lightstation on Campobello Island. On my way out, I asked the (young) park attendants where I could take the dogs so they could run off-leash.
Mill Cove was their suggestion and it was just perfect for Granger, Aslan, and Zoe to stretch their legs and do a bit of wading before we boarded the ferry.
According to Wikipedia, “West Quoddy Head, in Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the Quoddy Narrows. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858, and is an active aid to navigation.”
I joined a small group for a tour to the top where one can experience a bit of claustrophobia. 😀
The act of stacking rocks has become so popular I read there is a counter-movement to curtail the practice as, according to this article in New Yorker magazine, “The movement of so many stones can cause erosion, damage animal ecosystems, disrupt river flow, and confuse hikers, who depend on sanctioned cairns for navigation in places without clear trails.”
I’ve hiked several extended hikes and seeing those cairns appear when you weren’t sure of the path, was a blessing.
So, I’m for the “guiding path” rock stacking but I do agree if done for meditative effects, maybe your own rock garden is in order.
“There ain’t no reason things are this way It’s how they’ve always been and they intend to stay I can’t explain why we live this way We do it every day” – Ain’t No Reason, Brett Dennen
There is something about symmetry that tickles the brain, literally.
“I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in,” writes physicist Alan Lightman in “The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew.” “The search for symmetry, and the emotional pleasure we derive when we find it, must help us make sense of the world around us, just as we find satisfaction in the repetition of the seasons and the reliability of friendships. Symmetry is also economy. Symmetry is simplicity. Symmetry is elegance.”