Stump Lake, Minnesota—June 2016 47° 29’ 20”N 94° 45’ 21”W  Elevation 1,350 feet

A version of the White Pointer cairn stands next to birch trees on Frohn Road NE, off Highway 12. Birch trees are common in northern Minnesota, thriving in moist soil and requiring full sunlight. Birches are particularly fond of damp, cool environments, especially since their root systems are shallow, and they are susceptible to drought conditions. Their thin, white bark peels off in thin strips. We added a piece of birch bark, found on the ground, to the cairn. Can you see it?