Passing Thru

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Another day, another dollar. Or in my case, another pancake. Or if you are a person, and have to do that work thing, another bill to pay. Who is Bill by the way, and why does he get all the money?

We had to earn our treats yesterday, so we went to see a tunnel.

The persons told us that trains go thru this tunnel. And they told us that persons didn’t build the tunnel. They said it naturally formed that way and that’s why they call it the Natural Tunnel.

The tunnel is more than 850 feet long and ten stories high!

Over many, many years, it was naturally carved!

It took a long, long time. Many years. Its older than Brickle looks and that’s a real long time. Some person named Daniel Boone is said to have been the first European to have seen it. We will learn more about him later this week and next week on our travels.

But I can only retain so much information in one day before the pancakes settle.

The tunnel is still used today by trains coming thru that carry coal. But they sure don’t stay for long. As we were looking at the tunnel, all of a sudden, we heard the train whistle and the rumble!

Sheriff Brickle and I were petrified to tell you the truth. None of us were expecting to see the train. We heard that it’s pretty rare to witness one passing thru. But here it came. And we got way out of the way as Girl Person hugged us as tight as she could. And let me tell you. It was over pretty quick.

I’m not sure if life is any different for persons. Like a train just passing thru, life and time passes in the blink of an eye.

Life can be loud and exciting like a fast train. Or it can be slow like a train with nowhere to go.

But as each day passes, there are less and less opportunities to make a moment count.

One day, we will want that train to go as slow as it can. Because we won’t want to get off.

That’s how our family feels lately. I’ve been doing real good. Brickle has been too. Every day has been an adventure with something new to see. And we may just be passing thru each town we stop at. But our train keeps going.

Our train keeps whistling. And my stomach keeps rumbling.

So if we stop in your town with the peanut butter cookies and pancakes express, be sure to say hello.

Because there is always time to say hello. No matter how fast the train is going. Don’t take your journey for granted. Days won’t be perfect. We will have have trials. We will see valleys and mountains and vistas. It’s up to us to keep going. To keep riding. To keep enjoying. Buy a ticket. Use it.

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It’s The Final Countdown

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. This time next week, we will attempt…attempt…to hit the road! Almost six months in this Jacksonville, Florida place hasn’t been without trials and sicknesses and losses. But thru it all, we gained a new resolve to make every day count. Wherever we are.

There are so many individuals we are going to miss. And our friend Jax is going to be saying goodbye to them tomorrow on the blog. Because we can’t bear to.

Today starts more fixing, planning and packing. We know where we are going next Sunday. But each day, we are going to keep it a surprise for you. That’s right. We won’t be telling you ahead. We are all going to live in the moment. That’s the beauty of this trip. That’s what a dog does. And that’s how we are going to travel this time!

You see, dogs don’t plan. We do what we want, when we want. If it wasn’t for leashes and fences, imagine where we could go!

When persons plan too far ahead, they set expectations that lead to disappointment. But living in the moment allows you to fully appreciate what was there when you didn’t expect to. Like when you order pancakes and they give you extra maple syrup without you even asking!

The persons say that giving up going to that Italy place was a no brainer because of me and Brickle’s well-being. But what they got in return was a goal. A goal not of destinations. A goal not of searching for happiness. But a goal of appreciation for an extra day. Every day has been an extra day since May.

Imagine all that persons could do if they threw their negativity out the window. Riding with happy inside, even if it’s raining outside is the safest way to go. We can’t control all the negative parts of our world. But we can make our own worlds the best it can be for as long as we have.

So lets plan this week as we get our hearts ready to leave this Florida place. It’s the final countdown!

Do you feel it? The world is calling. It’s ours. It’s yours. We can do this!

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