We took another day trip to the mountains today...we couldn't stand to leave those chipmunks alone without one more visit. ;)
They were quite hungry this time...
This one kept begging from Cecily and pawing at the bag of sunflower seeds when she wasn't fast enough for him.
Gloria kept a stash of seeds in her pockets, but no matter how many she put in, they kept disappearing rapidly.
Thor kept managing to get two to eat out of his hand at the same time.
*Note: the chipmunk on the right is named Bombur.
Cecily even managed to feed three at one time!
After that, we went to the ranger station/lookout point.
And after that we went and took the waterfall hike again. However, Papa was rather tired, so he remained in the vehicle to "watch the little ones." (Code for "take a nap and eat all the cookies.")
After doing the "regular hike," we decided to go back to the van by another route that several of us vaguely remembered from a couple years ago. The only problem: the only one who really KNEW the way was Papa, who was back in the van eating all the cookies.
We set out, full of hope and confidence, thinking we could find the way by following the river.
It was a lovely hike...
Then we came to this. We remembered climbing up a rock wall last time, and we could see a level-ish place beyond the trees which we thought might be the road. So...up we climbed. (What's shown in the picture is approximately one-third of the entire climb.)
We got to the level place which we had thought might be the road, and...it wasn't a road.
From here on, let us hear the words of Knut:
We did survive...and Papa actually left us one of the cookies! :D