Lade was here — and still is

Rappahannock News - - THE RAPP -

Etched in stone atop the 100-foot Franklin Cliffs in Shenan­doah Na­tional Park is “Lade 1959.” An old Norse name, Lade was given to one who lived next to a barn or worked in one. The rocky perch, which af­fords a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Shenan­doah Val­ley, was ob­vi­ously a spe­cial place for Lade, who took the time and ef­fort to doc­u­ment each sub­se­quent visit by carv­ing years 60, 61, 62, and 63 be­neath the orig­i­nal 1959. That said, de­fac­ing sur­faces in na­tional parks — there’s been a tidal wave of per­ma­nent graf­fiti in re­cent years, ap­par­ently spurred by so­cial me­dia — is van­dal­ism, pun­ish­able by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

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