Portland, Oregon

Riding back from a hike in an amazing lavatube in Washington, I noticed this small cross on the dashboard.

Its owner, a new friend of mine who had recently migrated to the west coast from Lawrence, Kansas to visit some mutual friends and find a place to settle – explained that it was a palm cross made by her grandfather.


A palm cross is specially designed with an asymetric shape to fit in the palm of your hand.

Not religious herself, it is interesting how artifacts like these carry meaning when passed as gifts, even when the original meaning has been given up.