Lots of stories can be stitched together based on what you find on the trail.
Sometimes it is a tree that has been coaxed to grow in a particular way – said to be an indigenous practice to mark trails and provide directions.
In an entirely different context, humans have left other artifacts in place – sometimes unintentionally.
And what about this mitten that appeared to over-winter at a backcountry campsite? Somebody out there had a cold hand and a story.