The Picnic Table

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. First off, before I get going on this. Alpine, Texas? You. Are. Arrested.

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You know, after being on the road for a year and a half, we have been to some great places. We have been to some harsh places…even harsher than my attitude on this fine Thursday. But I have never been to a camp where one of my favorite things in the world was stolen right from under my paws.

I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times

Whenever we travel, I have one thing on my mind besides peanut butter cookies. When can we stop, get out, and when can I lay by my picnic table? I always look for my picnic table. It is the one thing that remains the same at every camp. Oh, I dream about saying hello to it all day.

And so when we arrived in Alpine, Texas yesterday, I saw it. We had been having a few rough days. And so this picnic table was definitely a sight for sore eyes.

I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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As Girl Person got us out of the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV, laid down my blanket and sat there with me, I was thinking how nice of a picnic table this was. Now, keep in mind that none of us were in a great mood after driving for three days straight. But we were trying to get to Big Bend National Park, and if we don’t get a move on, we will never make it back to that Florida place. That is just a prelude to my next information.

As Girl Person and I were sitting there at our picnic table, because every campsite had its own table, a very wobbly man person walked right over to us. Girl Person got me up very fast, which interrupted my nap time and I was not happy about it.

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The wobbly man person sat right down at my table, got out his book which he couldn’t hold very well, and acted like he didn’t even see us. As a Sheriff, I was shocked that someone could do this while stinking like alcohol to “high heaven” as Granny used to say. Girl Person told him that she must be mistaken, that perhaps this was HIS table? He couldn’t even answer her but looked at her like she was insane. Girl Person nicely directed his gaze to his picnic table…not ours. He just looked at her and almost fell off the table. At this point in the day, Boy Person was over it. All. He looked at Girl Person as if to say don’t bother, because no way was this wobbly man person understanding anything. Now, you would think that they would let me take over this arrest, but instead, Boy Person went up to the office to ask them to move our site. While he was gone, the wobbly man person tried to walk in our door, Deputy Digby was howling, and Girl Person was besides herself. She found another picnic table, but in fact this table was also someone else’s who informed her we had to leave. Now. Picnic tables may not be important to most. But for me, they are very important. Maybe you have something like that, that no one else understands. Also understand that Girl Person at this point was crying, Boy Person came back, unhooked all of our stuff again and we went to another campsite.

Girl Person set up my blanket again and we waited for Boy Person to come back with our house.

You’re all I’ve ever wanted and my arms are open wide
Cause you know just what to say and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

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Digby was sitting in the front seat and looking out the window at us like, not again. Well, he should have been glad he was not outside with us. Because now, another wobbly man person driver decided that he would try to cut right through our campsite, almost running me and Girl Person over in the process. Girl Person really lost it now. And since the campsite people only moved us over three spaces, by now, the first wobbly man person was walking over there and almost falling down. Then yet another wobbly man person walked thru our campsite barefoot in the sandspurs, Girl Person told him that he needed to walk on the road, and he was so wobbly, he didn’t even hear. ALPINE, TEXAS, YOU. ARE. ARRESTED. AGAIN.

If we would have known there were so many wobbly, picnic table stealing, reckless drivers in this place, we would have been better to keep going. But now, we were so tired, that all we could do was think of sleep. As Boy Person tried to level our house for over another hour, we wondered if it was worth it. We had been stressed about having no conveniences the night before. But sometimes, the less you have, the better. And we learned our lesson. Roughing it for us just may be the best thing to do. As long as there is a picnic table. I know there is one waiting for me to sit by it!

Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely? Or is someone loving you?

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This has taught us that in life, things may be important to someone that are not important to you. But we should always respect the things that make someone else happy. After all, life is about the little things.

We are on our way to Big Bend National Park today and will be trying to find a campsite. Will you join us? If so, bring a picnic. I’m going to find the perfect table!

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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You’ve Got To Give A Little, Take A Little

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  You know, I don’t need very much to be happy.  Give me a bed, some breakfast, and I’m good.  Maybe one day I should open up my own bed and breakfast.  I wonder who would come if I ate all of the pancakes before they sat down to eat?  If I open one up, I will probably leave out the breakfast part in retrospect.

It’s been said that dogs don’t need much either to be happy.  Unless you are Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle, but in actuality, I don’t think he is a dog.  Give him a mirror and he’s happy to tell himself how awesome and handsome he is.  But he also demands adoring attention, warm, not hot peanut butter cookies, and 24 hour a day sunshiney.  He is almost as high maintenance as people, but not quite.  Because not only do they seem to “need” a lot of things to be happy or comfortable, but they work all day to get those things.  And then they are too tired to enjoy those things.  This was just something that I thought about on our drive out of New Mexico yesterday.

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As we made our plans and started driving to that Texas place once again, we decided that we wanted to stop in a place called Guadalupe National Park.

We had to drive a very long way to get there, but we didn’t mind, because we knew that we were headed to Texas’ highest point and the largest above ground coral reef!  This sounded amazing.  But we also knew that we were headed to not the fanciest campsite ever. In fact, the persons told me and Brickle that we were going to be roughing it.  But they also told us that dinner would not be late and I would still get my breakfast.  So all sounded ok to me.  Why did I care that we wouldn’t have electricity or water?  I mean, we are driving around our house on wheels.  Seemed to me that this was just what we had to do sometimes to see some pretty cool things.  I was all for this.  Because sometimes, we have the best times when we rough it.

You’ve got to give a little, take a little,
and let your poor heart break a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.

As we looked around, we wondered what the persons had been so worried about.  We had food, we had each other and the mountains right in front of us.

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Yes, we knew it was going to be a very cold night, but we had no idea how windy it was going to be. After dinner, the persons took a very quick shower to save what water we had in the tanks and we lit the candles.  We told stories of days past when we had a house and so much stuff, and we could have never imagined being in the Guadalupe Mountains with only our little house on wheels.

This is a song I’ve been singing for a long time.
It’s like an old friend.
But, you know, I think it,
it’s only recently that I discovered what it’s really about.

Persons don’t always get everything they want in life.  Sometimes, life has a way of making you change directions.

You lose something, but you gain something in return.  For us, we didn’t have a fancy campsite with all the fancy stuff.  But we had the opportunity to see what was in front of us…each other and the beauty of the earth literally all around us.

As long as there’s the two of us,
we’ve got the world and all it’s charms.
And when the world is through with us,
we’ve got each other’s arms.

The wind was howling, shaking our RV so bad we thought we would tip over.  But as Girl Person started to complain to herself that she had to go outside at 5 a.m. and stand on one foot and hold up her phone to the mountains to post this blog, she looked up at the stars.  And she felt thankful for being there.  She felt thankful for the inconveniences.  Because the inconveniences showed her the most beautiful sky she had ever seen.

You’ve got to win a little, lose a little,
yes, and always have the blues a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.

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Girl Person and Boy Person told us that we may not have a house to go to right now…in fact, driving back to that Florida place seems a little crazy since we don’t even have anywhere to go yet.  But for now, being able to see things like this park made us realize that no matter happens, we got to see this and all of the other places we will visit on the way back.

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Life is certainly not perfect for persons.  Persons have expectations, dreams that they think will never come true.  And you know what? Sometimes those dreams don’t come true.  But when you realize that what you may not have received made way for something else, you realize that it was the path you were meant to be on all along.

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You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little,
until the clouds roll by a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.

Today we are headed back out on the road towards Big Bend National Park!  It will take us a couple days to get there.  Are you with us?

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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