My friend LB recently posted an article that struck a chord with me: Signs from outdoor travels he found interesting for one reason or another.
Not the VERY IMPORTANT SIGNS such as the start and end of trails, but amusing riffs on “no trespassing” or interesting trail names. Or others.
As I started adding my signs to his thread, I realized I should share the signs I found amusing in my years of travels. I have too many to share in one post, so I thought I’d share it over the next two or three weeks.
So here’s the first part of the article directly inspired by LB. Thank you, sir!
- I’ll start with the only image we share. I took this on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike back in the dark ages of 1998. Allegedly named due to a “Romeo and Juliet” type story.
- Now that I live in a tourist town, I certainly appreciate this sentiment! 😉 Along the Dartmouth Outing Club’s AT section.
- Someone decided to make some “Biblically-correct” (or their interpretation thereof) graffiti near Sheep Mtn outside Loveland, CO.
- Accurate sign as I discovered late one evening at Caprock Canyon State Park. The park ranger told me they use more signs than any other state park in Texas!
- The first rule of the Candian Fight club is there is no “Canadian Fight Club!” From Waterton National Park.
- Down at Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon, even the deer are on the NPS payroll.
- Slightly better than “Big Brother is watching you?” Located at the Benton Mackaye Trail in 2009.
- The private property sign along the Great Divide Trail seems to reflect the polite Canadian stereotype.
- The NPS pulls no punches at the south rim of the Grand Canyon!
- Get your guns and groceries all at once when in Rawlins, WY!
- No snark commentary, I just like this sign I saw on a fire-closure alternate I did near Lake Louise when hiking in Canada.
- Sure, it’s a lovely trail. But I am not sure why there’s such a demand for permits on the John Muir Trail? 😉
- Not a trail, please turn around!
- My favorite trail marker of all-time. Seen in the Uintas.
- The half-way marker on the PCT had a more grassroots feel back in 2002.
- Ah! So that’s the fate of old phone booths! In Trinidad, CO.
- In Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountains don’t care. At all.
- Wow, these 10th Mountain Huts get fancier every year. And even include tech support!
- If I felt any hubris over my 500-mile loop in New Mexico, the woods let me know exactly how they felt about my walk the very day I finished.