17 August 2013

Trail Signs

A backpacker walks into a bar. Barkeep asks,
"What'll it be?" 
The backpacker hands him a nearly empty 16 oz. container of creek water and says,
"Boil this, add some rocks and top it off with with your finest scotch." 
Barkeep says,
"No problem. Should I start a pine cone tab for you?"
I like trail signs. The rugged elegance of the typography routed from wood and each impression filled with white paint is pleasing for its simplicity and utility.

That trail signs also might give us poetically name destinations, navigational guidance and distances is a civilized marker of humanity frequently encountered during contemplative solitude.

What if trail signs posed more challenging choices? What if a trail sign gave us the choice between opposing world views?

What if one arrow directed us to Strive for Reality while the opposing arrow directed us to Persist in Delusion?

How many backpackers would continue to do one as they chose the direction designated by the other?

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