On the Trail Again, Gently, in Oregon 05-Feb-2019

Fall backwards off a rock.
Mash your spine between the ground and your pack.
Experience intense back pain.
Go to urgent care.
Be the only trauma patient in a room full gagging, wheezing, moaning flu suffers.
Visualize Jan Van Eyck’s The Last Judgment.
Have x-rays reveal only a soft tissue injury.
Be given only ibuprofen and rest as treatment.
Go home and lie down.
Develop (inevitably) a case of the flu.
Treat with more ibuprofen and rest.
Experience delightful combination of wracking cough and bad back.
After three weeks and two bottles of ibuprofen, arise from your bed.
Resolve not to fall backwards again [ever].
Buy shares in whoever makes ibuprofen.
Totter out for a short hike in a snow storm.
Feel much…much better.

Someone’s glad I’m upright again
No picnic on Roxy Ann…
One of our favorites, but not today
Staying on the Loop Road
The sun breaks through the overcast
Blue skies emerge over Roxy Ann Peak
And the thistle doesn’t see its shadow

10 thoughts on “On the Trail Again, Gently, in Oregon 05-Feb-2019

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  1. Thanks! My little fall was a forceful reminder of how a simple, innocent accident could send your life in a different direction. Fortunately, I dodged that bullet this time. But the appreciation for having done so will remain for a long time. 🙂

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  2. I was bummed to hear about your back injury, having been waylaid recently myself. For me, the silver lining was an immediate and intense appreciation for each day past, present and (knock on wood) future. Cheers!


  3. Thanks! Healing an injury like this just takes time, starting with getting out of bed than a short hike and then longer ones. If the weather forecast is even half-right, you should have a chance to hike Roxy Ann in the snow this weekend. Go for it! 🙂


  4. Glad to hear you are doing better and making everyone jealous of your hikes and great picture shots. Was wanting to get up to Roxy Ann too while the snow is there, but from the forecast there may be most a comin’.


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