Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Letter to the Door County Rock Stacker(s)

Dear Rock Stacker(s)

Let me start out by saying what a HUGE fan I am of your work! I've been admiring it for years now; everywhere I go in Door County. Everywhere.

One of the distinguishing features of Door County are its nearly 300 miles of beautiful shoreline. Much of that shoreline is covered in tons upon tons of high quality shale, limestone and sandstone just BEGGING to be stacked! As one who enjoyed many an afternoon with the ol' Lincoln Log set back in the day, I can understand where you get your passion and enthusiasm.

But there's a problem. It's relatively minor, really, but something of which I'm sure you'd want to be made aware. I know I would if I were in your shoes. So here it is… let's just rip it off like a band aid and get it over with. It's your choice of location. That's right, L-O-C-A-T-I-O-N.

Here's an example.

Magnificent! A true masterpiece in every sense. One can appreciate with just a passing glance the attention to detail in not only balancing each rock, but also selecting every individual piece for its unique properties. Breathtaking really. So what's the problem?

Well there's your problem! You have this big ugly lighthouse detracting from your art! As a consumer of your craft, no matter how hard I try to ignore that giant eyesore, I simply cannot do it. For me, it ruins the whole experience. I even went so far as to contact the GSA to inquire about its possible removal, but unfortunately they gave me some run around about nautical safety or some such nonsense.

Because I understand how difficult it can be to remove yourself from your passion, I thought I'd recommend this short list of Door County locations you may consider avoiding. In total, there's probably only 10 or 20 miles of shoreline in the whole list so there's still plenty of room to work. Here it goes.

  • Cana Island Lighthouse
  • Cave Point
  • Eagle Bluff
  • Europe Lake
  • Isle View Park
  • Porcupine Road
  • Tennison Bay (or any other Peninsula State Park venue)
  • Toft's Point

This isn't an all inclusive list, but you get the idea. Try to avoid those places where people had the audacity to soil the landscape with some unnecessary structure or Mother Nature hacked together some unusual landscape. They're just bad news for those of us trying to get the most enjoyment from your work.

May you never run out of rock.



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