upon a time when the Redwood forest here was still very young, buffalo
still roamed while the deer, and antelope played. Something very
confusing happened at Confusion Hill! Some might call it magic,
others might call it a miracle, and still others would consider
it a possible alien experiment with life forms here on Earth. No
one knows if such a thing had ever happened before or since because
there was no one around at the time to witness it!!
The tale that I've been told goes
as follows. What had started out as a sunny spring day, wildflower
blossoms bursting forth with all the beautiful colors of a rainbow
and the sky a bright, bright blue. Then with the suddenness of a
gunshot the day turned as dark as a ravens feather!
At that exact moment it happened that
an antelope buck and his doe were grandly walking down the hill
on the forest path while a fat and happy chipmunk and his mate were
scampering up the same path. They were side by side at that precise
instant when the world turned dark as midnight on a moonless night.
The sound of thunder was deafening, lightning suddenly shattered
the darkness, the wind roared as if in pain and the Earth trembled
underfoot. For a nanosecond it seemed that time was frozen as all
these conflicting and confused forces were focused on that very
spot on the path where the antelope and the chipmunks were side
That minuscule particle of time vanished
as suddenly as it had happened. There was a bright sunshine again,
the wind was soft and silent, the Earth was again firm underfoot,
the birds sang as if just awakened and the wildflowers were as bright
and beautiful as before of not more so.
On the forest path where once had
been four separate living beings there was now something quite different.
The four critters had become two!! Behold, there on the path was
the very first CHIPALOPE pair ever!! Happy, soft, and furry, with
large fluffy tails and perfect little sets of antlers these new
critters scampered around upon the Earth. It was quite a sight I'm
told as the CHIPALOPES ran here and there bumping into Redwood trees
and other things as they tried to adjust to their new headgear.
Finally dizzy and tired they sat down and surveyed the surrounding
forest in an almost regal manner. They liked what they saw; you
could tell by the way they wiggled their whiskers and the big smiles
that spread across their fun loving furry faces. The male shook
his antlers once more testing to make sure they were really firmly
attached and set out up the hill.
When Chester the First, as he became
known in time, made his way up the forest path he began to realize
that he was a very unique critter and would have to behave in a
wise and careful manner if he and his mate Rose were to survive
in this world. He would only come out at night or very early in
the morning from now on. He just somehow knew that they would have
to become really elusive critters. He would find happiness coming
out of his den in the early morning mist, shaking the dew off his
antlers before scampering out to enjoy a bite to eat then diving
back into the hidden den to contentedly snooze the day away.
This has been the life style of all
CHIPALOPES since the time of Chester I and Rose. This is why they
are to this day very rare and elusive critters. The hill which today
is knows as Campbell Bros. Confusion Hill is the only place on Earth
that I am aware of that is home to the CHIPALOPE!!!