Trail Blazes

Although trail blazes seem a little damaging to the tree, they create an appealing and somewhat reassuring (in the sense that one knows they are on the right path) aesthetic. If the blaze is cut correctly the tree will heal. Some blazes are utilitarian, some artisti and some crude proclamations of one’s love for another or prior occupation of the tree’s space. Perhaps my affection of trail blazes stems from from all my years as a land surveyor, hiker and amateur widdler and carver of things or that little bit of human nature in all of us that is at times comforted by the sign of another.

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