Dismals Canyon


      ON JUNE 17, 2005 THE SIPSEY WILDERNESS HIKING CLUB CONVERGED ON THE DISMALS IN HACKLEBURG FOR A WEEK-END OF EXPLORING, SOCIALIZING AND LEARNING.  THIS WAS TO
BE A CAR CAMPING TRIP THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ENJOY EVEN IN THE WARM WEATHER.

      SEVERAL MEMBERS SHOWED UP INCLUDING “HANK”, “WHITEMAN”,  “DANNY”, “SPLASH” AND THE TWO “SQUIRTS”.  “PILGRIM” MADE AN APPEARANCE BUT DECIDED THE CAMPSITE WAS TOO FAR FROM THE PARKING AREA FOR HIS TYPE OF CAR CAMPING.  WE DECIDED THAT WE HAD FORGOTTEN TO BRING THE SHERPAS LONG BEFORE WE GOT ALL OF OUR GEAR TO OUR CAMPSITE ABOUT 300 FEET UPHILL FROM THE PARKING AREA.  ONCE CAMP WAS SET UP WE HAD A VERY NICE HOME WITH ALL THE AMENITIES AND PLENTY OF PRIVACY.

    AFTER CHECKING ALL THE FACILITIES IN THE PARK WE PROCEEDED TO COOK SUPPER AND ENJOY WHAT WE DO BEST.  REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING AN EATING CLUB WITH A HIKING DISORDER.  AFTER ALL THIS EATING AND LOUNGING WE WERE READY TO TAKE OUR FLASHLIGHTS AND GO ON THE TOUR TO SEE THE “DISMALITES” AT ABOUT 8:30, MUCH TO OUR SURPRISE THERE WERE ABOUT 30 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR THE TOUR.  WE ENJOYED VISITING WITH THE OTHER VISITORS, MOST OF WHO WERE FROM SOUTH ALABAMA OR SOUTH MISSISSIPPI.

    THE TOUR STARTED AT 9:00 BUT SINCE THERE WAS A MAXIMUM OF 15 PEOPLE AT A TIME WE WAITED FOR THE SECOND TOUR.  ALL WERE AMAZED TO SEE THE DISMALITES AND LEARN THAT THEY ONLY LIVE IN THREE LOCATIONS IN THE WORLD.  WE RECOMMEND EVERYONE VISIT AND SEE THESE INTERESTING CREATURES.

    AFTER THE TOUR SOME OF US HAD TO INDULGE IN ICE CREAM AT THE COUNTRY STORE AS WE RECAPPED THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY  THEN IT WAS OFF TO TENTS FOR A GOOD NIGHTS REST.

    NEXT MORNING WE WERE TREATED TO AN EXCELLENT BREAKFAST OF BACON, EGGS, BISCUITS AND JELLY BY CHEF DANNY AND “WHITEMAN”.  

     

    THEN WE HIKED THROUGH THE CANYON AND  THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE MORNING LOOKING  AT THE ROCK FORMATIONS AND WATERFALLS.  THEN CAME THE TOUGH TASK OF BREAKING  CAMP  AND HEADING HOME.  

 

 

 

   SUBMITTED THIS 19TH DAY OF JUNE, 2005 BY
    “WHITEMAN”

 

 

 

 

 

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