It is an old custom of these people to pick up a stone and toss it on the pile. Perhaps it is a symbolical lightening of the load they carry, perhaps a small offering to the gods of the trails. I never fail to toss a stone on the pile, Hannes. In my own way it is a small offering to those lonesome gods. I like to think those ancient gods are out there waiting, and that they are, because of my offerings, a little less lonely.

~Louis L'Amour The Lonesome Gods


my father loved nature and a good story, especially a Louis Lamour. I feel his influence in my studio and I see his stories in my work.