I've been thinking about things players might encounter in the wilderness that are interesting, memorable, but not necessarily hazardous. Basically, the cool things that make you want to be a tourist, but kicked up a fantasy notch. So I thought I'd pick something I'd love seeing from the real world and then give some fantasy idea that is similar. So, for the first installment, that old standby, the balancing rock.
This one is from Garden of the Gods, Colorado (cool name, huh?). Your lost, hungry characters, on seeing this, will know exactly where they are and how to get home. In a fantasy world, what if there was a cave or lair in a balancing rock? A nest on top of it? Or, better yet, the balancing rock is so big, a forgotten city is carved right in the side of it and that is where the adventure will take place!
Walk very carefully and don't poke too hard with that 10' pole! :)