Those Mountains Were Not Meant To Be Carried

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. It wasn’t like I thought we would ever be back to Dade City, Florida and my tower. I thought I had climbed that enough times.

And once I left here the last time, I thought that was it. In our travels, I’ve learned that if you say goodbye to a place, most likely, you will be back.

It’s something you learn when traveling full time.

You try not to get too attached to any one place. Because you know you are going to leave. You also have to shut off your emotions a bit too. You will see many things that you wish could be changed. Many places that we went, it was hard to see the lack of caring for animals or the earth. Sometimes it was hard to see pollution or the welfare of people. Every place had its own battles. Everywhere we went, we took many of those observations to our hearts and we still carry them. We still think about them.

Like my tower that I climbed here so many times before, we can go over the same things in our minds. Over and over. Things we have done wrong. Things we would like to change. But my friends, you were meant to climb those mountains. You weren’t meant to carry them.

What I am saying is that if you can help a situation, someone or some place, do that. Make the climb! If you truly cannot, try to get help. Meet someone half way. Can they help you make that climb?

And just like I wait everyday for Boy Person to run to the tower and give me the motivation to climb up, maybe there is someone to help you too.

He doesn’t carry me. He doesn’t carry my burdens. Or the thoughts in my mind. But he motivates me. We all need motivation. We can’t always solve a problem. We certainly can’t fix the world. All we can do is try to make the climb, help, and leave it there. You can’t carry too much or you’ll never go anywhere else.

And just like my tower that I thought I would never see again, or make it to the top, oh…I did. And I left the mountains below.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Everybody’s Got A Mountain To Climb

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some days, I surprise myself.  Maybe you have felt the same. Sometimes, I wake up and as I get older, things are a little bit harder.  Things take a little more time.  And sometimes, I just don’t want to do much.

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But then, some days, something gets waken up inside me that reminds me who I am.  Something awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  Actually, nothing awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  But still.  Those things that seem impossible all of a sudden get pushed aside.  They say that you only live twice.  One life for yourself, and one for your dreams. I am older in my dreams then, obviously.

Yesterday was like any other day in the life of a traveling dog. We got up and the persons decided that we would go explore the area of Charleston, South Carolina a little more. We waited for the rain to finally stop…again…and started driving to a place called Charles Town Landing Historic Site.

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First, Girl Person explained that we would get our breakfast after we walked around. Then she told us about the place a little bit.  She said that it was the original site of the first permanent English settlement in Carolina. And again, we would have to wait for breakfast.  This alone seemed impossible to me.  No, not that people got here in 1670. But that I had to wait for breakfast.

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So as we walked and looked at a lot of stuff that the persons found interesting, I saw it in the distance. A boat.  A. Boat.  Now. You may remember that Brickle and I are not too fond of boats after our ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard or that ride to Smith Island in Maryland.  No, we have not found a boat that we like yet.  But this one looked a little different.  Seemed like no one was actually riding on this boat. But they were just looking at it.  And I could do that.  Sheriff Brickle? Yeah.  Not so much.

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As Boy Person climbed in the boat and Girl Person asked us if we wanted to check it out, Brickle firmly planted his paws in the dock.  And I did the same.  But all of a sudden, this was not just like any morning.  All of a sudden it occurred to me.  If we were in fact heading to the mountains on this No Path Path, I had to start getting ready.  I had to build up my strength to climb those mountains. We are supposed to get there in just a few weeks!

And I made up my mind.  It was going to be today.

I couldn’t believe that I was doing it! I was climbing!  Boy Person said that sometimes, when you don’t think about something, and you just do it, it is easier than thinking too long about it.  And as Brickle watched me from below, I felt it.  A sense of accomplish that I had not felt for quite a long time.  I still had it in me.  A sense of adventure.  A sense that I could do anything.  But I could have done more with a little breakfast in my stomach.  Just saying.

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I told Brickle all about my epic adventure in the boat.  No, they may not have used this boat to sail the waters, but I used this boat to prove to myself that I can still climb mountains.  I think that all of us have mountains to climb.

They may be different, but sometimes, it seems impossible to reach the top.  But if we don’t try, we may never know. And if that’s ok by you, like Brickle, that’s ok.  But if you want to do it, and you need to do it, never let a little fear stop you.  Sometimes, we don’t even ask for those mountains. Sometimes, you may not even want those mountains. But when they are put there, it is up to us whether we climb.

Seems to me that there is a lot we can learn from going to places and traveling to historic sites.  The lessons may seem to be obvious.  But what we learn from the most is digging deep down inside to apply it to us.  Probably, that boat wasn’t put there to teach me about mountains.  But that’s the beauty of learning.  Everything isn’t always so obvious like the growl of my stomach.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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