This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I learn more about myself every day. I thought that I had all my likes and dislikes figured out. Because you know I love the ocean. You know I love the sand beneath my paws. But I am finding out with each destination that we go to, that I am deeper than what I even thought.
I am learning that I am a complex man…or dog…whatever you wish to call me, and that it is possible to love more than one place. I am learning that it is possible to broaden your horizons. You just have to hold on tight and not close your eyes. For even a moment.
I am learning that when you find yourself in the mountains of Virginia and traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, that the higher you go, the higher your love becomes of this place.
You see, I think I was distracted by my love of the ocean and the beach to allow more than one favorite place in my heart. But as we traveled along the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday, it became known…my heart was feeling some feelings. I was feeling this place. I was liking it. A lot.
It is not often that you can look outside your window and see the beauty that is here. Mountains and trees as far as the eyes can see. You can’t help to realize that if you have the chance…to these mountains you must go.
There should be no choice if you have a choice to see them.
What I realized as we were driving for hours yesterday looking at the views that went on for miles was that even if you only saw a part of this place that it would change you. Kind of like if you only saw a little of me. You would forever be in awe.
And then when we got out at the creeks and the streams and had our picnic on the rocks overlooking just a part of this place, I felt deeper as a man…or a dog.
I felt higher in my understanding that this world may have even more than I like. I just don’t know about it yet.
If we only have a little view of the world, how do we know what else is out there for us? If I would have not come to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, I would have not known how much I loved it. And that part of my heart would have been empty. I just would not have known why.
Life has a way of bringing us to a higher understanding, whether we want to understand or not. Sometimes, something can happen to us that leads us to places we didn’t want to go. Or at least we thought that. But when you get there, climb as high as you can go and look at everything with your whole heart. Only then will you be able to see why you ended up there.
We are just starting on this trek on the Blue Ridge Parkway! We have traveled as far as Roanoke, Virginia, so we have many more miles to go! We know we will be learning even more along the way. So pack those cookies, and let’s keep going!
-Sheriff Peanut Brickle