It’s the only state named after a president…but George Washington was known for a cherry tree, and Washington state is all about apples. What’s that all about? The Evergreen State grows almost 3 million tons of apples every year, which is more than 10 *billion* apples. If lined up side by side, they would circle the earth 29 times! Of course, this also means lots of apple trees – and squirrels. To keep the squirrels safe off the road, the town of Longview has a 60-foot-long bridge called “Nutty Narrows” that connects 2 trees on either side of a busy street. Squirrels and people both love the bridge so much that the town has built 2 more.

*Wee ones: *If you have a Gala, a Fuji, and a Cameo apple, how many apples do you have?

*Little kids: *If Washington grows 6 out of every 10 apples in America, how many apples out of 10 do the other states grow? *Bonus: *For tonight’s dinner a squirrel grabs 3 apples and twice as many acorns as apples. How many pieces of food does it grab?

*Big kids: *If 24 squirrels leave their home tree and cross the bridge to the other side, then half of them go back home, then half of *that* home crowd leaves again to cross to the other side, how many squirrels are on the other side now? *Bonus: *If starting at 5:00pm a new squirrel gets on the bridge and takes 20 seconds to cross, and the bridge can hold only 1 squirrel at a time, what’s the earliest time that 24 squirrels can get across?

*The sky’s the limit: *If a group of people and squirrels are crossing a bridge, and there are 8 times as many squirrel feet as people sneakers on the bridge, and 42 sneakers on the bridge, how many squirrels are there?

Answers:

*Wee ones: *3 apples.

*Little kids: *4 out of 10. *Bonus: *9 pieces, since we have 3 apples + 6 acorns.

*Big kids: *18 squirrels. 24 crossed over, then 12 left (leaving 12 there), then half of the 12 who went home (6 squirrels) came back, giving us 12 + 6. *Bonus:* 5:08 pm. At 20 seconds each, 3 squirrels can cross each minute since 1 minute = 60 seconds. Then 24/3 = 8 sets of squirrels = 8 minutes.

*The sky’s the limit: *84 squirrels. Since squirrels have 4 feet and people have just 2, it takes 4 squirrels to have 8 times as many feet as a person (16 feet vs. 2 feet). 42 sneakers means there are 21 people (42/2), and then 21 x 4 = 84.