After much consideration and lengthy, sometimes violent debate—resulting in at least one arm-twisting and two lost toenails among the various, far-flung members of our secret panel of judges—an official winner has been chosen! Please raise your respective beverage recepticles for Carole Daneri of Facebookland for her clever and amusing caption:
"What do you mean I have to go back?"
As soon as we can track her down, Carole will receive by U.S. Postal Service one free autographed copy of the essential Explorer's Guide to Yosemite & the Southern Sierra. Congratulations! Enjoy!
Now for good measure (and more amusement), here are our four lucky runners-up, in no particular order, who will receive... a brief reprieve from the echoing solitude of the human condition.
"Not many people know of the chicken who led John Muir across the Central Valley from Pacheco Pass."
(by Laura Molnar)
"Harold just wanted to prove he wasn't too chicken to do it."
(by Aaron Miller)
"As Chuck pondered the meaning of life he suddenly grasped the irony of his situation."
(by Jeff Sheretz)
"Awwwk! My life is such a cliche!"
(by Bill Becher)
Thanks for participating! Stay tuned for more exciting contests of strength and wit! (Maybe.)
Oh and b/t/w: here's the photographer's take on why this particular chicken was headed across the road (into Nevada?):
In case you missed it, the contest ran as follows: Submit the best (funniest?) caption for the above photo by Aaron Horowitz in order to win a free autographed copy of Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada: An Explorer's Guide (2nd Edition). Deadline was 12pm PST Tuesday, June 14. Captions were submitted in the comments field below (or on our facebook page).