Dec 10, 2020Thong Tree (Trail Marker Tree)?

Thong Tree? Ginger says it’s not old enough, but it’s on the line of an old road that isn’t on any of the maps. Berryman Trail – Day Two, December 2020. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Ginger’s opinion is that it is not old enough, and I’d have to agree. But, it is on the line of an obvious old trail that crosses the Berryman trail. The trail isn’t on any of the maps which is surprising. Researching Thong Trees (Trail Marker Trees), I found one archeology article debunking the whole idea, though it must be said, the author wasn’t very enamored with the source he was referring to. Here’s a Wikipedia article if you are interested.

Are they real or not? Is this one or not? I’ve no idea. But we do know that this area, while not strategically occupied by native Americans, was used as a huge hunting reserve, so having trail markers to lead to good spots and water (which this one appears to be doing) makes some sense, but markers like this take a long while to form and would have to have been made a long time ago. So, this one is probably just a result of a sapling being squished by a deadfall.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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