I followed the chimps up the hill this morning as they made their way to the wooded area. Burrito followed Jody closely as they made their way through the gully and up along the fence line.
Foxie was not far behind.
Missy, of course, had made it to the top before anyone even noticed she was gone.
When we arrived at the top, Burrito appeared determined. He may not be ready to climb a tree just yet, but he was going to do something adventurous. He climbed past Missy and went to the roof of Carlene’s Tower.
From there, he took in the view of the Yakima River and the distant town of Cle Elum.
But then he was off to do other things, like climbing the log pile with Jamie.
The group returned to the greenhouse. Jody brought with her a piece of pine bark with scars form the Taylor Bridge Fire and what look like holes from a woodpecker.
Throughout the morning, the group (minus Negra, of course, who remained in her cozy nest) would continue to make trips up to the pines. Annie is still wearing her waist band, as you can see.
After lunch, Jamie brought her sweet potatoes for a picnic and took some time to inspect the insect and chainsaw markings on the logs.
On their fourth trip up, it was clear that Burrito was not slowing down. Missy chased him across the log bridges and nearly captured his toes.
Next time, Missy.
They stopped to rest together.
In the original side of the building, there’s a small interior room called Front Room 4 that has a view into the kitchen and foyer, where we work throughout the afternoon. Burrito has learned that if he tries hard enough to get our attention, the humans can’t concentrate and must abandon their attempts to write the blog.
And so long as you’re not doing anything, you might as well take a walk with Burrito, right? Great! He’ll meet you outside then.
He waits for you to arrive, and then he’s off to the top of the hill once more.