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The Song of Jenny Lake

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Ashley Bingle

Just sit right back & you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip
They started from String Lake trailhead and returned at quite a clip.
The path was long and treacherous, with trees down and the like.
Five Bingles they set out that day for a three hour hike,
A three hour hike

The path it started getting rough, the ground was filled with frost,
If they were not back by sunset then
The Bingles would be lost,
The Bingles would be lost.

The trip’s two hours longer than how long that it should take
With little water,
Not much food,
Rich Bingle and Karen, his wife,
Plus Alyssa,
Amber and Ashley,

Here at Jenny Lake.

So this is the tale of the Bingles as they hike for a long, long time,
They’ll have to make the best of things, it’s an uphill climb.
So Ashley and Alyssa too, will do their very best,
To hurry back ASAP, no time to take a rest.

No coats! No guides! No cell coverage, not one bit comforting,
Out in the middle of the wilderness, as primitive as can be.
Stuck on one side away from help, no boat for them to take,
The lonely, stranded Bingles, here at Jenny Lake!

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Father’s Day Story Wins Prize

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Donald Bingle

My memoir about the day Dad and I bought sod won first place in the California Literary Arts Society’s annual memoir writing contest, which means that it has now won a prize in both contests I entered it in, though I still haven’t found a place to get it published.

A professional actor read the story aloud at the CLAS Literary Festival in Ventura, California last week.

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