Well we didn’t get ten entries, but the entries we got were so good I decided to go ahead and award a prize anyway.
In order to be sufficiently fair, I gave the entries to a neutral third party — a fellow hiker/camper who has no idea who any of the entrants are — and asked him to pick the winner.
In the end, Neutral Guy was so impressed he picked not one, but two, insisting that it was a tie. So, without further ado…drumroll, please…the winners are:
1. Jennifer Floyd, for her tale of triumphing over adversity, conquering the Boundary Waters, and not clocking her father with her oar. Neutral Guy said, “I like the ‘I f-ing hate this/ok, keep paddling/now I remember this fondly’ tone of this story.”
2. CityGirlWhoRarelyCamps, for her tale of being awed by the night sky while at summer camp as a child. Neutral Guy said that “there is not much better than being out at night somewhere where the sky lights everything up.”
Congratulations to both of you! Select your photo, let me know which one you’ve selected, and I will send along your prize!
Thanks to everyone who participated. I loved hearing your stories, all of them, and they got the juices flowing on some ideas I have of my own.
You can read all of the entries here.
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