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Rock Humor

I inherited the gene from my mother that compels me to collect rocks.

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There are heart-shaped rocks,

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stone people,

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and even prehistoric creatures.

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Then add petrified wood

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and marine fossils.

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Who would ever expect to find three stone ice cream cones?

The ice cream cones were found on different outings. They were all in gravel dredged from the Ohio River at Shawneetown Illinois.


I don’t remember where I got the idea for a reflexology stone path. I did yoga at that time too. The 2 seemed to go together.

The first part I put in was the foreground loop, and it measures 14 feet long and 9 wide. Landscaping cloth went down first and then the edging of old bricks my mother gave me.  Last was spreading the medium river gravel that’s dredged from the Ohio here in southern Illinois.

 It just didn’t have the design that fitted calling it a meander. The next addition went from the top of the center curve and made the loop to the left.  It still wasn’t a “meander” until I added the side path on the right. Large river gravel went on the outside of the bricks to help hold them in place. What’s not in the picture in the foreground is a sitting area covered with flat rocks from the creek on my rural property.  They cover the area between the stone path and the catalpa tree in a triangle of about 12′ wide by 9 deep.

The bowl on the left is a solar water pump with special rocks in it. The plantings around it have changed over the 7 years I’ve had the meander. Seventeen sedum plants border the upper edge now. Creek stones fill in the sides. Every now and then I build one or more cairns for added interest. I have no shortage of rocks in my yard.

I found out at the same time I put the path in that I had structural problems with my feet. The path helped them (along with orthodics too). I had to wear socks until my feet got toughened up. I won’t go into the reflexology benefits.

I go out in evening, sit for a while in a lawn chair under the tree to relax. Then I slowly walk the path in which ever way I  choose. I always take time to sit afterwards, massage my feet and watch the evening progress. It’s really beautiful to walk it in the light of a full moon too.


I’m posting this early in the season to allow time for anyone interested to plan and make such a path before the growing season gets here.

Trail Cairns

I own 33 acres 7 miles southeast of the house. Shawnee National Forest land borders it on the south and private property on the other 3 sides. I have permission to hike on both neighbors.

I’d never heard the word cairn until I found one between two Native American graves with stones piled on them. They were on private land.

Besides marking graves, cairns were also used my Native Americans to mark trails. The one above is on Forest Service land. I just happened to walk up to it one day. It and the one with the graves have a pointed stone standing upright. The one standing in this one is at the upper edge. The cairn was roughly 6×7 feet.

This cairn is on my property where the ravine starts sloping upward. I’ve hiked here for over 25 years. I walked by it who knows how many times. I never saw it as anything other than a pile of rocks.

Then one day, when hiking by, I had a “lightbulb” moment, “That’s a cairn!” The 2 larger rocks on the left are much larger and are sticking out of the ground. The cairn measures 10 feet wide and 6-7  feet from top to bottom.  I have wondered how many years the pointed stone has remained upright … I now wonder when each cairn was made … they could be really old … like 100’s of years! If only the stones could talk.

It wasn’t too long after finding that one that I found another cairn in the same ravine on my neighbor’s to the north. The 3 cairns are roughly in a line. The one south on Forest Service is at a much higher elevation, but in the same line.

Four Hearts

Besides a collection of stone faces, my mother also has a collection of heart-shaped rocks. She gave me the one above. I found the ones below.

There are heart rocks …

Measures 12 x 7 inches

and THEN there are heart rocks.

6 inches tall