We were in the Deschutes National Forest on the way to the head of the Metolius River which bubbles up out of an icy cold spring and emerges as a full-sized river.  The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels, as close as we get to chipmunks here, pranced around us, clearly acclimated to people.  This little guy squeezed between the railings of a fence and watched me take his photograph as he relaxed in the midday heat. He clearly had the laid back attitude of Alvin the Chipmunk.

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