No, this post is not about Annie eating pretzels. It’s partially about Annie Chimpanzee, as seen in these photos, but it’s also about all the enormous pretzels, vegan bratwurst, and craft beer that our staff are going to consume during tonight’s visit to a magical place: Leavenworth.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, Leavenworth is a town located north of the sanctuary in the shadow of the Cascades. It boasts a Bavarian theme and is known for its charm, cuisine, and recreation. The CSNW crew typically makes a pilgrimage there every December, but we missed our opportunity this year since Burrito’s medications had to be administered each night. Consequently, tonight’s itinerary includes our annual group trip to the fabled mountain village. We are also celebrating the addition of Chad to the team, and this will be our first outing with him as a full-time staff member. We can only hope that he proves to be as valuable to our trivia team as he is to our care staff.
Therefore, I’ll withhold my summary of today’s events since the other caregivers are rushing me to finish writing the blog and closing down the Chimp House. Instead, I’ll leave you all with a few photos of Annie, who was the first chimpanzee to venture out onto the Hill today. It was unseasonably warm and the chimps were able to tiptoe on dry ground to avoid the remaining patches of snow.
I’d write more, but an evening of alpine fun awaits.
Linda C says
Hope you all have a great time!
I always think of Annie having, punk rock hairdo aside, the quintessential chimp’s face! And I love her long hands. These pics are a great “thanks” for all of Diana’s shoveling, right?
Andrea Will says
Hope you all are having a much deserved wonderful time! Thank you for the grand pictures of Annie too.
Fantastic you are all getting together to relax and celebrate your achievements this past year. Good luck with the trivia, I’d hate to be competing against your team. And thanks for closing your busy day with these photos of Beautiful Miss Annie. What is she contemplating in that last image……..
Jane Hill says
Have a wonderful time ! I love all the chimps?? Thank you for saving and protecting these beautiful gifts from God. God bless all??
I feel so happy that all you dear & loving people have this opportunity to go out , socialize, drink craft beer, crunch on those big pretzels & eat vegan brats (sounds so yummy)…All the while “firing up” for some loud & competitive Trivia FUN…You’re all working so hard every single day & deserve all the fun you can have, especially considering these very difficult past months…
That first photo of Annie (it looks like she’s feeling so carefree) just KNOCKS MY SOCKS OFF…& those “spikers” on top of her head just crack me up…
Chad, I know how much you must enjoy getting up every morning to go off to work with such fine people & the magnificent chimps knowing everyone you do is all for them…How soul satisfying this must
well, of course I meant “everything” you do……….My only excuse is I’m all tuckered out…Ha
Barbara H. says
Have a wonderful evening. It does sound like a magical place to visit. Enjoy!
Forget the Groundhog in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania: I sense from the look on Annie’s face that the lilacs will bloom a few days earlier on Young’s Hill this year for her to eat.