I have to admit that my heart sank when I first saw where Kitty was in the tree. She was at least fifty feet high, and I was not sure if that tree would allow me to reach her. The way the tree was swaying in the light wind planted both doubt and alarm inside me, but I was determined to climb as high as I could safely go and hope for the best. I planned to see how it felt as I went along, and, if it got too dangerous, I would have to come up with another plan or abort the rescue.
As I climbed the tree, I passed two weak sections in the stem that would be of concern if the tree began to sway excessively, but I was pleased to notice that the tree was handling my weight just fine. The curvy top of the tree was clearly off limits, so I was really hoping that Kitty would help me out by coming down to me at least a little bit, and, fortunately, she did just that. When she saw me coming up toward her, she came down to the point where the curvy top began, and that was all the help I needed. Once I reached that point, I could not quite reach her with my hand, but when I held the carrier up above my head, I could place the opening at her feet, and this sweet girl readily stepped inside. After a careful descent, she was finally back on the ground.
My camera man somehow completely failed to mount the camera on my helmet, so I have no pictures or video to share. Thankfully, James came through and provided all the pictures seen here.