Trail Stone Stack Tour

25 Oct

Bongo and a stack of stones in a dry washStacks of stones have been showing up on my trails in all shapes and sizes lately.

So I thought I’d give you a trail stone stack tour.

It might be kind of fun.

Anyway, I call the stack in this first picture a wash stack.

Because the stones are stacked in the dry wash on my trails.

That’s a pretty original name I came up with, don’t you think?



A more recent kind of stack is what I call the mini stacks.

They come in various types.

Small stone stacks on a rock

Like these mini stacks on a rock.

Bongo near a post with stones stacked on top

Or this one on a post.

Wait. I don’t see a mini stack here.

Where is it?

I think my person’s fooling me about seeing a mini stack here.


Now here’s the latest invention in stone stacks.

Bongo and a stone stack that blends into the background

Well, I think it’s the latest invention.

I call it the camouflaged stack.


I wonder how long this has been here.


Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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30 responses to “Trail Stone Stack Tour

  1. Genevieve Petrillo

    October 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Your trails have the most fun developments, B. I enjoyed the stack tour very much. Some of the stacks look like robots. Or should I say rock-bots.

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Cupcake, I wish you could come and take my trail tour for real. We could play with the rock-bots. Or knock them over.

  2. misswhiplash

    October 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Not so much as how long they be there but why .
    are they there at all. Could it be possible that the aliens have returned and are leaving certain sized stones as messages for those who come later
    on the other train of thought it could be some devilish person playing devilish games. The mystery deepens but we all rely solely upon you to discovered the case, and bring it to justice, so don that magic hat with a twinkle in its eye and Bongo of the Yard

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Patrecia, I’m donning my Detective Dog hat and looking into this. But if you don’t hear from me for awhile it might mean that the aliens have beamed me up.

      • misswhiplash

        October 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        Oh no….you could get radicalised into a space dog…..

      • Bongo

        October 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        In that case I would have lots of adventures to write home about.

  3. amkuska

    October 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    It does make you wonder why people go around stacking rocks. Fun? Tradition? Who knows.

    Here is your official NaNoWoofMo invite. 😀 I hope you participate. It was so fun last year!

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Amkuska, how could I turn down an invitation like that? Woo woo!

  4. Jen

    October 25, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    People love stacking stones, don’t they? I don’t see it at our park very often, but there are some stones stacked behind one of the fences by the library.

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Jen, around where I live there are stacks on almost all the trails, and some places have piles and piles of stacks. I think it’s some kind of new age thing – or maybe the aliens have landed.

  5. eripanwkevin

    October 26, 2014 at 3:25 am

    You are very good at naming things Bongo! Well….I wonder who makes those stone stacks….and for what….
    Mini stack on a post could be dangerous to fall on your head….please be careful Bongo.
    The last camofladge stack looks like fossil….Wait! It might be a great discovery! 🙂

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Kevin. Some people make those stacks and other people knock them down. It’s a vicious circle. But maybe I should report that camouflage stack to some science place. I might get famous. Woo woo!

  6. fredrieka

    October 26, 2014 at 4:10 am

    you have interesting things on your trail, those stacked up things, do you sniff them?

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Fredrieka, sometimes I check to see if anyone has left a message on these – and sometimes I leave messages on them.

  7. MyDogLikes

    October 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the tour of all those cools rock stacks! I’m curious where you were hiking? We visited the SW over the summer and your pictures look very familiar!

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      We live in Sedona, AZ and that’s where I was hiking. Glad you enjoyed my rock stack tour. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      • MyDogLikes

        October 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        Thats what I thought! We visited Sedona in August and were blown away by how beautiful it is. We will definitely be back!

      • Bongo

        October 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        Awesome! You can check out my trails (the ones by my house) if you haven’t already.

  8. Dalton

    October 27, 2014 at 3:23 am

    These stacks are very strange!

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Dalton, it seems to be a popular thing here to stack up rocks. They’re all over on the trails around here.

  9. dianeskitchentable

    October 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I think they’re mystery markers…if you figure out the code by the way they’re stacked, there’s a HUGE pile of dog bones at the end of the trail.

    • Bongo

      October 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Diane and Lola, I’m getting out my code decipherer now. I’ve got to find those dog bones. Lola, maybe you should come over here and help with that.

  10. tylersat99

    November 1, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I think someone related to your stacker(s) has been in our creek. We are finding strange little and big rock stacks there. We do not know why, we think it is much more fun to swim!?

    • Bongo

      November 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Mica and Aspen, I totally agree. Who would waste time stacking up rocks when you can go swimming instead?

  11. colliesofthemeadow

    November 8, 2014 at 5:09 am

    We collies don’t see any stacks, but we sure see a lot of watering piles!!!!

    • Bongo

      November 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Collies, I agree. It’s awfully nice of all those people to set up those watering piles.

  12. marina kanavaki

    November 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    ‘Wash stack’! I love the name! You truly are a unique doggy, Bongo: Clever, perceptive, inventive, creative and well, handsome! 😉

    • Bongo

      November 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Ooh Marina! You’re the best! You’re making me blush. It’s a good thing nobody can see me blushing under all my hair.

  13. adventurejennie

    November 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Bongo- The stacks of rocks that you and your human are seeing are called “Cairns”. Typically, they are supposed to mark an important area, like a difficult-to-see turn in a trail or nifty site that the builder wanted you to see.

    • Bongo

      November 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Jennie, we have rock cairns that mark my trails and are covered in wire so they stay there all the time – well almost all the time. Sometimes someone purposely knocks one over. But then there are these other piles of rocks that suddenly appear in various places on my trails – and then they usually disappear just as fast. Atrange stuff. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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