...in the rain. Here is a pile right next to the "blue dot" trail which is a forest road starting up from Elm Str. and crossing under the power lines just before where the main hill rears up on the right. This pile was right after the power lines on the left of the trail. Obviously it is a favorite place for dumping things. The only thing that stops me from dismissing it is that the rocks are well weathered - they have been in this position for a while.Unfortunately, the pile was isolated and it is hard to credit a pile out of context with other piles. Here is a magnificent bit of rock splitting. I was trying to figure out where they removed rock. It seems like all the pieces are still there. Also I thought I saw a burnt rock nearby. Did good rock splitting technique utilize fire? The Gages would know. And here we are with a couple of (also isolated) piles on the southern slope of the southern sub-hill of the South Manoosnoc "massif".Nice to be up there in the rain but my shoes and pants got sopped. As I mentioned: without context, an isolated rock pile is not very informative. So it is not clear if there was ever anything significant over here south of South Manoosnoc. There are some huge quarry scars:
What you see in the background of this picture extends for several hundred yards up and over the hillside. I think there is at least one other such scar. You can see the scars from Google Maps. As it stands, I have found interesting structures on several of the hills around South Manoosnoc but nothing significant on the main hill; which seems peculiar since it is tallest hill around and would provide good views. However it is not certain if I ever got to the actual summit - maybe I was just up to the top of the southern sub-summit? Sometime I'll have to go back although I have spent a lot of time there already. Speaking of spending time there - in turns out you can actually go through very dense mountain laurel if you want. It is when you are trying to go up a steep bank of it, mixed with rose bushes or rasberries that it gets impossible.