Sunday, April 11, 2010


One of the treasures of the Boston area park system is the Blue Hills Reservation. It is managed by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the agency does a marvelous job with its upkeep and maintenance.

But what is this sign about? The context is seen in the photo to the right: A tree next to the path. Maybe someone from the agency can reply with a comment.

In the meantime, for fun, you can offer your own thoughts.


Jim Conway said...

On Saturday I climbed Big Blue in the Blue Hills for the first time in about 30 years. This time it was with a 7 year old. If I had seen this sign I could have thought "Hey unfit older man, watch what you are doing. This isn't a piece of cake. Caution. Don't kill yourself"

We loved our visit, the tour of the weather observatory, and all the people we met along the way. And, grampie only hurts a little. (which is better than how I felt after 8 strings of bowling 2 weeks ago with the same little stimulant at my side)


Melissa said...

I believe it's a trail marker and someone with too much time on their hands and not enough focus on the trail defiled it!

nasov said...

It's a Wizard of Oz tree. The tree wrote the sign itself.

Wendy said...

Actually, the sign appears to be one of many put up several years ago by a Friends group to mark cross-country ski trails in the Blue Hills Reservation. It might have referred to an obstruction in the trail, or a patch of ice or steep drop, up ahead. It’s nice and high on the tree because, apparently, it was a year with a lot of snow, which would have raised the skier’s sightline. If you can tell us where, exactly, you saw the sign, we will happily remove it (assuming, of course, that another blizzard is not in the forecast this spring).
Wendy Fox
DCR press secretary

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendy,

Unfortunately, I was not paying attention (!) to where I was walking, but it reasonably near where one of the flatter trails starts to approach the street

OTOH, maybe it is best to leave it. :)

Robert said...

I suspect the sign should read “Caution, this sign has sharp exposed edges.”

Anonymous said...

From Facebook:

Nancy: It is self-evident - this is a big, hard, tough tree - do not walk into it....;)