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Build your Own Rock Cairn!

One of the cool things to do when you’re riding around Mackinac Island is to build a rock cairn. Instead of fumbling through trying to explain what a cairn is, I went to the experts and looked it up on

Here’s what they say:

Rock cairns are small mounds of stones and pebbles built to mark biking and hiking trails, as a memorial to having been somewhere, or as a simple art form. Cairns can be found all over the world, from alpine regions, to barren desert and tundra, as well as coastlines.

It is traditional for each person passing by a cairn to add a stone, as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the effects of wind and weather. Often the habit is to only add to the top, and to use a smaller stone than the previous top stone, resulting in a precarious stack of tiny pebbles.

We’ve built a few of these on our visits, but this one is my favorite.



Have fun building your own rock cairn. Be creative! Take pictures…..and don’t build so close to the water or it’ll get washed away. 😉


2 responses

  1. Your photos are superb and they clearly illustrate why you like this island, it seems to me: every time you go there, it looks like you’re transported to an enchanted place that perfectly blends the present and the past and alows you to live at your own pace!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:54 am

  2. I was of course speaking of all your Mackinac Island photos, not just the cairns.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

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