Just beyond those two, Charlotte, Isabel, and Seamus were "baking chocolate cake" in that special spot sheltered by a Western Red Cedar and a Douglas Fir. The top photo belongs here, Seamus bringing back a heavy bucket of more "chocolate."
A little further down behind this group, Collin was running along a path on his own, and then he stopped at this stump to balance and do big jumps. I needed a faster lens for this photo - can you see him jumping?
I found Ethan up there too, walking proudly along the retaining wall. "Look how high up I am!" He had been jumping (not from that high edge, but down a little further), jumping just as his brother had been doing down in the forest.
Meanwhile, the great bike adventure of fall 2013 continued. Noah, Rex, and Julian ride two-wheeled bikes every single day, more than anyone else - first round and round up in the concrete area, and then they ask if they can ride down into the forest. Helmets are the rule now, when they head down the side road. Imagine this slope from their perspective! They ride down the side road and all the way to the back fence, and then they are supposed to bring the bikes all the way back up again; sooner or later they get it done, right away if a friend is waiting.
While I was watching the bike riders, Noah got tired of waiting for Rex to come back up, so he headed over to what we call the "nature fort" - the huge, inviting rhododendrons just below the chicken pen - to show me how high he could climb.