Beautiful Oregon forest, mossy green, paved the way to Breitenbush. I enjoyed all but the burns, dipping my feet in lakes, grabbing for mudpuppies. But the steep, abrupt trail edges proved treacherous for Any Minute Now. I happened upon her far too early one morning, about 20 miles south of Breitenbush, with her left foot elevated on a log. The ankle was inflated; she could barely stand. Gradually, we began moving, and inched the 20 miles to Breitenbush campground. A series of cold, rainy moments, followed by a few days in Portland, ended with her back on the trail, walking well. Portlanders took great care of us in the interim. My thanks to Craig, Nita, Chris, Robin, Magnus, Rebecca and other Powell's folks.
We started out from Timberline lodge (no easy way to get back to Breitenbush) renewed and prepared to finish the trail.