Trail Ruts

 

Wheel Ruts near Register Cliff   ©David Gardner 2008

Wheel Ruts near Register Cliff ©David Gardner 2008

August 11

We moved on to another emigrant site known as “Trail Ruts”. This place is markings made as a consequence of everyday necessity. There were areas where, due to constraints in terrain, the wagons, then the pull carts that followed, had to move through the exact same spots in the landscape. This action, over time, caused ruts to be carved into the stone. Many of these ruts are still visible today. I  include these kinds of places in my project because they demonstrate the unique results of our unintended but conscious actions on the landscape. This is another thing only humans do.

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