Project Remote is working to precisely calculate and travel to the remotest locations in each of the 50 United States. Below is an account of our 18.6 mile hiking expedition to document the Alabama Remote Spot. This is our 33rd state Remote Spot documented as part of Project Remote.
Euclidean Distance from Nearest Road: 8.2 miles
Distance from Nearest Trail: N/A
Travel Method: Backpacking
Hiking Distance One-Way: 9.3 miles
Cell Phone Coverage: Yes
Public Land: No, Private Land
Something We Learned: Young kids can do amazing things.
In Ryan’s Words:
January 20, 2015. Skyla, now age 5 yrs, 10 mos., can do anything she sets her mind to. She starts walking barefoot down the secluded barrier island beach and refuses to get into our child-carrying backpack for the first time in Project Remote. Three days later, she had hiked 19 miles to the tip of the island and back! Our three day journey takes us to the remotest location in all of Alabama–located on the tip of Dauphin Island–and back.
A powerful cold front pushes southward over the Alabama coast delivering cold, blue air. Soon after we embark on our beach hiking adventure to the Alabama Remote Spot, we encounter the mile-wide gap in Dauphin Island that Hurricane Katrina had blown out years before. We learn that the US Army Corps of Engineers had deposited a massive rock levy in the cut connecting both island halves to catalyze the formation of new land to eventually reconnect the island. We scramble along the deposited boulder fill for a mile to get to the outer half of the island.