Twenty years after Carl and Russell's adventure to Paradise Falls, Russell is now a Wilderness Explorers counselor. He and Carl are still friends and still go to the ice cream parlor every Saturday to count the blue and red cars. That is, they did until Russell received that phone call about Carl. Carl had reached the age of ninety-five before dying quietly in his sleep. Now Russell must have his own adventures without his old best friend. Maybe he'll meet some new friends on the way…

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Before Russell could switch his alarm clock to snooze, Dug leapt onto Russell and began excitingly licking his face. Russell smiled, still bleary-eyed. And just like every morning before, in Dug's pursuit of Russell's face, the dog inadvertently unplugged the power cord. The alarm fell to the floor and there was a nice silence that followed, enough to lull Russell back to sleep. However, it wasn't long before Dug dragged Russell out of bed. Although he was an old dog, he still had the energy of a 5-month-old puppy. And he'd had that energy every day for his whole life with Russell as his master.

Russell pushed himself up and decided to make breakfast. Just like every morning, Dug pushed the button on the coffee machine as Russell cracked eggs to make his famous scrambled eggs. The kids at Wilderness Explorers loved them, especially while camping. After handing some to Dug and scratching him behind the ears, Russell pulled on his Wilderness Explorers Counselor uniform, identical to the uniform he wore when he was a kid.

Then the phone rang.