With the inukshuk being the symbol of the 2010 winter games...they have been springing up everywhere these last few years. We added one to our landscaping several years ago...and have had fun building them in faraway places...like Death Valley...or Red Rock Canyon while vacationing. It's all about getting those rocks to balance...no glue or screws required.
Since birthdays are somewhat of a milestone...and since we celebrated the birthdays of two of my sisters last week...I decided they should have inukshuks to mark the occasion. And to give their garden art a little more significance...we collected rocks from the riverbed of Elk Creek...where they once had their favorite swimming hole.
Elk Creek flows through the countryside not far from our home...and was one of my favorite biking destinations in my childhood. The spot where we collected the rocks...looks exactly as it did those many years ago.
On my sister's birthday...I packed up a trunkful of rocks and drove to her home where I set about putting them in her garden...
The second inukshuk was for my sister Kathy...
...and will be travelling back to Manitoba with her next week...where she will have to figure out how to reassemble it on prairie soil. She has a few months to figure it out...as her actual birthday isn't until September. Since she is turning fifty...we thought we should start the celebrations early...and had a surprise birthday party for her on the weekend while she is out here visiting. What fun!
And this morning...we have company coming for breakfast...and the inukshuk is at the road...waiting to welcome them. We met them for the first time on the Mayan Riviera...some four years ago. They have never before been to the west coast...and so we look forward to showing them a west coast welcome.