Gold Chain

Gold Chain | Rock Island, WA | February 2020

Access to a favorite stretch of abandoned highway has been barricaded over the years by boulders, dirt piles and concrete chunks. Yet nothing seems effective in keeping out trespassers, including me. Inventive owners recently gave the roadblock a magical upgrade — a golden chain that no doubt carries a mind-changing spell to deter interlopers. You think I’m joking, but my intention to jump the barrier and saunter down the road evaporated with one light touch of the gilded links. Instead, my mind filled with a single thought — “Don’t jump chain” — followed by distraction. “Look! A discarded, dirt-encrusted Spam can!” I drove away and didn’t think once about the enchanted chain until the very next day, when I remembered I’d taken this photo.