The Indigo Witch Project?

How on earth did this get here?

How on earth did this get here?

Candee and I volunteer on the C&O, and we have been pretty anxious to get back out on the towpath. Nevertheless, the recent government shutdown has kept all visitors out of the park–or has it? Today, when we reached the remains of Lockhouse 57, near the Indigo Neck hiker/biker campsite, we weren’t too surprised to see a large log straddling the foundation of the old cellar. Trees and limbs fall. Enough said. However, there was an odd shrine or decoration directly below the log, made up of woven branches and placed atop two stone cairns.

Remembering the closure, my thoughts turned to ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Could it be that the wee people of the forest held sway over the C&O Canal while we foolish mortals were blocked from entering their domain? After seeing this odd site, I could almost imagine a tribe of leprechauns dancing hand-in-hand around this structure, away from the usual prying eyes of hikers, bikers, campers , and park rangers. I’m not sure what kind of chicanery we encountered, but as All Hallows Eve approaches, keep a sharp lookout while walking down the towpath. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Looks kind of Blair Witch-y to me !

Looks kind of Blair Witch-y to me !

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by LevelWalker on October 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    We found this odd display while out on our cleanup detail, and I am having fun with it. I have no clue who put it there or what it means, but I assure everyone that the C&O Canal is a witch-free park.

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  2. Love the Tom-foolery!

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  3. Posted by Jenknee on October 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Boo!

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  4. You know Ancient Indians walked these forest not so long ago in our history, perhaps it was them who left these behind! I know the stacked cairn is a huge marker in their history :) Nonetheless WOW what an interesting find.

    Thanks for the hookup back here, I didn’t realize just how much I missed coming over here.

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  5. Posted by LevelWalker on October 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for all of the comments. I’m going to go with the someone is playing a joke theory (a la Jamie). Nevertheless, somebody went to a lot of trouble. The top log weighed (maybe) 300 pounds, and the little shrine thingie was pretty intricate. Missie says Native American…maybe. Wiccan? Who knows? Interesting…definitely!!! BOO indeed!

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