I’ve Got A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Well, here we are.  The day that we have to leave one of our most favorite parks ever, Pocahontas State Park in Virginia.

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And although it brings a little bit of sadness, it doesn’t take away the great time we had here, or any of my handsome.  And isn’t that what matters?

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Good things make you feel so alive.  And good people make the good things even better.  Out of all of our camps that we have visited, this place was special because of the people here like the Ranger who made us peanut butter brownies,  and left a package of candy and lavender and more brownies at our door!

img_8696-1And did I mention the brownies?  Are there good people left in the world? There sure are.

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After the beginning of last week when everything went wrong that could have gone wrong, this week, everything that could have went right went right. It was such a wonderful feeling to have peace. Oh, we take peace for granted sometimes, don’t we?

Good weather, fall breezes, long hikes, pretty lakes and finding poplar trees in the woods were all here in this Virginia place.

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You know, it’s amazing when you can simply walk a little slower to appreciate more things around you.

It’s like when I get up every morning, I make sure to appreciate myself a little longer in the mirror on a Monday.  It is necessary for the week. And as we simply took it a little easier this week, it’s like the sun seemed brighter.  The leaves seemed to crackle more under our feet.  The birds were singing a little louder.  And the trees stretched up taller to the sky.

Something like a poplar tree can make you stop and think for a moment.  Even when your stomach is growling and you want breakfast.  The poplar tree is one of the most fastest growing trees in the world. Even though they grow so fast, they can still live to be 200-300 years old.

Yet, some people grow them to make them into things like furniture, so some won’t get to live that long.  But the most happy poplar trees I think are the ones like we found in the woods.  They may not be as popular as a poplar tree in a neighborhood. They may not have as many people looking at them.  But they don’t need to be a popular poplar tree.  Because they are happy with themselves.  And the only opinion that they get is from themselves.  And they are happy with the tree that they are, even though they won’t grow up to be a picnic table or even a bench. They won’t even be a bango or a guitar.

There is a lot to be said about being happy with yourself and who you are.  It’s a nice feeling, take it from me.  Peace can be all around us.  But if we don’t have peace with ourself, well, you won’t ever fully enjoy it.  We all deserve to be the best we can be.  But only we…ourselves…can make that happen.

So as we continue on our journey and continue to learn from all that the earth has to teach us, yes, even poplar trees in the woods of Virginia, we hope that you will continue to learn about yourself too.

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Sometimes, there are things that we have to let go about ourselves.  Mistakes we have made or regrets.  Don’t let anything stop your growth.

Because if you find yourself in the forest all alone like that poplar tree, would you be able to live with yourself now?  Put the past behind and grow to what you can be.  That’s when you will find that peaceful, easy feeling.

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Today, we are on our way to Douthat State Park in Virginia!  We are making our way towards a mountain adventure and we hope that things keep going smoothly!  Are you with us?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Standing On The Corner In Winslow, Arizona

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Do you ever just stop and wonder sometimes…how did I get here?  Deputy Digby does nothing BUT wonder.  He always seems to have a lot of questions, forgets the questions and then forgets he wants answers.  That is fine with me.  Little less talk, a lot more action.  For Digby, a lot more sleep. And always a lot more pancakes.

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Well, let me be the first to welcome you to the place that made me wonder how I got here.  Arizona!  Yes, we finally made it out of that New Mexico place. The aliens tried to get us one more time…but alas, they decided that my handsome was too much for them.

When we finally got into Arizona, I stopped.  I looked around.  And it seemed like we were still in the desert. Because we were I guess.  The first place we stopped was somewhere called a Petrified Forest, and that is enough to scare the pants off of you if you had pants on, which I do not.  But Girl Person said it wasn’t petrified meaning scared, it was old wood that had turned into stone.

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Well.  I do know this.  If you stay in the dern desert long enough, it will make you turn into a stone.  Can anyone turn the heat down out here?

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Sometimes you just have to wonder.  How in the world did I get here? I mean, really?  What led me up to this point in my life and did I enjoy the journey to get here?  It may not be a place you envisioned being when you were young.  Or maybe it wasn’t a place you thought you would be even yesterday.

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But who is to know what tomorrow will bring?  Wherever you have found yourself today, it was probably hard work to get there.  It was probably full of memories, good and bad.  But the journey made you who you are.  And are you happy with that?  If you aren’t it’s time to move on.  Even if you are standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

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For today, we DO find ourselves standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Now, I am serious.  We are really on a corner.  In Winslow, Arizona.

Well I’m a runnin’ down the road try’n to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on my mind

At least.

Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she’s a friend of mine

That’s just rude.

Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy

The Big Blue Treat Wagon RV sound will drive anyone crazy.

Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy

That’s what I said!  If you don’t like where you have landed, move on, but appreciate the journey that brought you to where you are right at this moment. Appreciating doesn’t mean you have to stay though. Is it time?

Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl my Lord in a flat-bed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me

Step back ladies.  Girl Person saved me.  Although I think she looks better in her drug store shoes.

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And so today.  We are leaving this corner in Winslow, Arizona.  Our journey will take us this week to Sedona, Arizona where we will be visiting with the people who run a very special rescue, Golden Bone Rescue Rehab! We can’t wait to share their adoptables on our page.  And then next week, we will be headed to the Grand Canyon. If Girl Person can get some shoes.  So until then, whatever corner you are on today, stop and think. Do I want to be here? Did I enjoy the journey? Is it time to move on?  Now is the time, because a journey has to start and end somewhere.

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We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here again
So open up I’m climbin’ in, so take it easy

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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