Yes, this. When did this ever become a "thing"?
People also think the stacking is some kind of cultural thing. I remember when Deb thought they were the Hawaii equivalent of inuksuks. They aren't and never have been.
We seem to have phases of them here. There tend to be a lot between Olowalu and Ukumehame, which get knocked down fairly quickly by the locals.
I remember posting about this and also the trend of hanging lei on tree stumps. The latter is really bad because the string ends up in the ocean :-(((.
Please, leave the land as you found it-or *cleaner*.
Here's a good article from Arizona, same problems there (and other places too):
AkamaiNick4SW...Yes!! Here in AZ these are popping up more and more. They have been around in Sedona but we have seen them literally all over the state in the middle of nowhere while camping. What drives people to do this?
Luv, I think it's ignorance, mostly. They think they're having some spiritual experience, memorializing something or someone, making the "perfect photo". Rather than put a sense of entitlement aside, they proceed, and we are all seeing the results.
The same people would prob erupt (volcano pun intended) at news reports of archaeological theft--never realizing they are destroying nature and history too.
"Take only photos, Leave only footprints".................
SWEdited: 20 May 2018, 22:09
Thanks everyone for weighing in. You know the sentence in that article that I found really powerful was.....
"This beach that was once a respected resource for subsistence living was now being treated like a toy."
Thank you for posting this. I will never understand why some people have to leave their mark on nature.
We have to deal with tourists carving names into the ocean cliffs and making structures out of driftwood.
While they aren’t culturally insensitive, carvings are ugly to those that live here and the structures are dangerous when they collapse on kids playing inside.
We also get the stone stackers.
Please people, come to the beach and just “be”.
It's the same thing along the lines of the love locks that started years ago. The advent of selfies, social media and instant self gratification foster's similar behavior. It's a see me too world.
Yes selfie culture. Haven’t two people been mauled by bears this year in the quest for the selfie?
We have about a dozen great whites cruising our beach. I wonder if they will be the next selfie quest?
"When did this ever become a "thing"?"
It may be a somewhat recent phenomenon in some places, but my friends and I started seeing stacked stones at New England swimming holes perhaps 25 to 30 years ago.
"a kind of graffiti"
That's a pretty good analogy. Some of them are the equivalent of "Bob Was Hear" (sic) and others are constructed with far more skill and are, at least IMHO, artistic and sometimes aesthetically pleasing. I'll leave some of the nicer ones alone, but I'll frequently mine the lesser ones for my own art project, which I call Random Assortment of Scattered Stones.
"Haven’t two people been mauled by bears"
Some guy in India) got himself killed by a bear just a couple of weeks ago. Darwin's been dead for almost twice as long as he was alive but he still has a tremendous influence on the human race.