Aspen graffiti is common on Utah hiking trails. I like to check out the larger trees and look for dates. Jim and L.C. made their mark in 1912.
This carving has been around even longer. Obviously, people felt the need to leave a lasting impression. As far as I can tell, the names and dates haven't harmed these trees, but I do wonder if a deep carving might provide an entry for disease or bugs.
Who are these crazy tree-huggers, and what are they up to? Why, it's Steve and our daughter, measuring the circumference of an Engelmann spruce tree we saw on our hike up Days Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City.
The tree is 13 feet in circumference, at the upper end of size for the species. We estimate it's about 200 years old.