We’re Old Cowhands From The Rio Grande

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  When I woke up yesterday, I had no idea that I would be standing at the Rio Grande by the evening. Actually, I didn’t know there was a Rio Grande.  I didn’t know that Mexico would be behind me.  And well.  I didn’t know that there would be cows in them there hills.  Sorry.  My Southern accent comes out sometimes.

We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah

As you know, we had a ruff time at our last campsite in this Texas place.  And well, it was time to move on to greener pastures.  Where are those pastures? We are in the desert,  y’all.

Down from the Rio Grande
Oh where the west is wild all around the borderland


But Girl Person assured us that we were in fact where we were supposed to be. I took her word for it.

Get along little horsy
Yippie yi yo kayah, oh!

We found our campsite outside of the National Park last night and Sheriff Brickle was pretty happy. He had his picnic table.  Yes, we were in another pit of dust with no grass to be seen.  Anywhere.  But we didn’t have wobbly people stealing our picnic tables and we didn’t have people trying to run us over either.  We had driven a very long way to see this National Park called Big Bend National Park, and we are looking forward to it today.  But for last night, we took a little breather and gazed out onto the Rio Grande.  It was a sight to behold!  Even Sheriff Brickle had to not think about himself for one moment.

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That’s Mexico over there. #riogrande #2travelingdogs

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Girl Person said that sometimes, when you want to see something or do something in life, it won’t be an easy path to get there.  In fact, sometimes, you don’t even know if the journey will be worth it.  But how will you ever know unless you try? It took so much work and many miles to get to here and to see this park.  But we made it.  We had to try. Because we don’t know if we will ever be back this way again.


Girl Person said that often, the older we get, the less we think we can do.  She said that just because you may be older, it does not mean that you still can’t go for your dreams.


Many times, she said it may be as simple as wanting to see something only a few miles away.  Sometimes, it may be a longer journey to find your dream..and a lot of work.  But she said that you are worth it.  You are more than your daily chores, your job, your obligations.  You are YOU.  You are the same person that you were as a child, you are worth the same.  Be good to you and see and do what you can… before you can’t.


Yes, Sheriff Brickle and I have seen so much in the past year and a half.  But what was right in front of us at the beginning is still here at the close of our journey. And that is good enough for me.  Because I still have my persons, my health and another journey of life still ahead.  So if you are not in good health, and maybe wish you had done more…think of what you did get to see, who you did get to love.  And cherish those memories too!

I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer cause I don’t know how
Sure ain’t a fixin’ to start in now



Life is so much more than what is right in front of us and where we live.  There are people who live in the mountains. There are people who live near the ocean.  And yes, there are people who live in the desert.  And they all had dreams.  We are all the same when it comes down to it.


So as we find ourselves in the vast solitude of the desert this weekend in Big Bend National Park, we hope that you will join us and learn with us.  Because if we listen…we have a lot yet to see.  No matter what our age.


We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah

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-Deputy Digby Pancake

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3 thoughts on “We’re Old Cowhands From The Rio Grande

  1. Jacqueline

    This spoke to me in Vast ways. My anxiety/depression MONSTER kicked my butt the last few days, and I woke up today with a new mind-set on how I’m going to deal with that, but I hadn’t put it all into a plan yet, New Year, New Dreams, and this added to it!! Thank you as always. I look forward to your beautiful posts and blogs throughout the next few days!!! I love you all. xoxoxo <3 <3 <3 <3

  2. Barbara

    Welcome back to Texas! Big Bend is a very unique area…there are things there that you will not see anywhere else. The critters are different and the stars are brighter and Walmart is a long way!. Check out the McDonald Observatory if you get a chance.

  3. Karen Hampton

    Thank you for sharing!!! When you are used to lush, green environments & the beautiful blue of the Great Lakes & multitudes of scenic inland lakes, dry, brown, scrub brush covered ‘rocks’ it can look unappealing & strange…so ‘foreign’ looking…..but, if you change your mindset & look at the area through a more ‘open mind’…. you can see the stark beauty in that area, also. I appreciate you all giving me the opportunity to see so many different, yet beautiful areas of our amazingly diverse country. Enjoy your adventures & sightseeing & safe travels eastward to that Florida ‘home’. 😘❤️🐺🐶🐾🐾

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