54th Day In The Canopy!
August 1, 2019: Update from Rook on their 54th day in the canopy!
"A few nights ago a cold front came by, bringing chilly, wind driven fog. Up in the canopy, fog becomes rain - a steady, all night drip-down from higher branches that generally continues for hours even after the fog has dispersed. So far, I've been soaked each time this has happened. Despite many emails, calls, and visit from a concerned county supervisor, HRC has refused to return my tarps - one cut down by a hired climber, the other seized during a resupply attempt admist a week of harassment and water deprivation. Security guards remain posted under the tree at all times to prevent any supplies from reaching me.
Well, someone must have been snoozing on the job, and now I have shelter! Some time ago, friends on the ground were able to send up a few basic necessities - notably the tarps, sanitary wipes, and a fresh toothbrush, without being detected. This was a big boost in more ways then one, at last having a few things that didn't pass through the camo pajama crew's grubby lil paws!
This is the first time since I climbed up in early June that I've had anything which hasn't first been seized, opened, left on the ground for days, used to taunt me, chewed up by animals, then maybe if I'm lucky eventually sent up to me in bits and pieces... Or, as the situation is now, someone in the company deciding what I should eat and allowing me a ration of sugary snack foods every day, so they can claim not to be starving me, but also block attempts to provide me with anything nutritious. Goody.
Anyway, I have a tarp now, and that's great." - Rook