Pickin’ And Grinnin’

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. This week has been one for the history books, and not just because we were camped at Fort Pickens near Pensacola Beach, Florida.

However, I would like to leave this week in the history books too. But, we made it thru, and as usual, we learned something from all the twists and turns. I am also sure we will learn more next week with more twists and turns. Am I being negative? Nah, just realistic. That’s what I do. If you don’t like it, well, then You. Are. Arrested.

Deputy Digby? He didn’t worry a lot this week, but he did a pretty good job at what he does, and that is being Digby. Digby. Don’t. Care.

Since we were at Fort Pickens here in this Florida place, he took it literally and made a decision yesterday. He said that as long as everyone else was worrying about the RV, and the Jeep, and Boy Person’s frost bitten nose, he would just handle the pickin’ and a grinnin’ at Fort Pickens.

Instead of contemplation and philosophizing, he takes the route of seeing things for what they are.  I kind of saw this week as a bad one.  But for Deputy Digby, he said that because Boy Person wasn’t feeling good, he just got to be with him more. And that was all he saw.  Not Boy Person’s big, frost bite nose. I saw his nose. Just sayin’.


When bad things happen, sometimes, that is all we see, isn’t it? Deputy Digby said concentrating on only the bad things this week would have made us forget the Fort.


Concentrating on the bad would have made us forget the white sand beaches.


Only seeing the bad would have meant we would have forgotten that at the end of the day, we were still all together despite the bad.


And most of all, for me, only seeing the bad would have made me forget my new friend Piper who headed back to her house in that Arkansas place.  It’s bad that we had to say goodbye.  But I have a feeling that our paths will cross again. And it was real good to meet her and her persons.


As Sheriff, I have barely anything to learn.  But Deputy Digby sometimes does remind me that there are many things to be happy about and appreciate even if the skies seem dark. And cold.


Eventually, the sun has to come out.  And it came out by the end of the week.


We do have choices, and what we pick to see means we can either frown or grin.  Today, we choose to be pickin’ and grinnin’.

There may not be many more hours left to get to Amelia Island.  But for us, for the RV…it seems like a million.  We know we can do it if we try.  Today, we are going to try and make it to Chipley, Florida.  The RV is leaking something again, and Boy Person is going to cover up his face and his nose and try to fix it before we leave.  Will he be grinnin’ about it? We might not be able to see his face, but maybe if he see our smiles and our positivity, it will help.  Actually, I don’t grin.  I will leave that up to the Deputy.

What we pick to see in our day may mean how we see tomorrow.  Choose wisely, my friends.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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We’re Old Cowhands From The Rio Grande

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  When I woke up yesterday, I had no idea that I would be standing at the Rio Grande by the evening. Actually, I didn’t know there was a Rio Grande.  I didn’t know that Mexico would be behind me.  And well.  I didn’t know that there would be cows in them there hills.  Sorry.  My Southern accent comes out sometimes.

We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah

As you know, we had a ruff time at our last campsite in this Texas place.  And well, it was time to move on to greener pastures.  Where are those pastures? We are in the desert,  y’all.

Down from the Rio Grande
Oh where the west is wild all around the borderland


But Girl Person assured us that we were in fact where we were supposed to be. I took her word for it.

Get along little horsy
Yippie yi yo kayah, oh!

We found our campsite outside of the National Park last night and Sheriff Brickle was pretty happy. He had his picnic table.  Yes, we were in another pit of dust with no grass to be seen.  Anywhere.  But we didn’t have wobbly people stealing our picnic tables and we didn’t have people trying to run us over either.  We had driven a very long way to see this National Park called Big Bend National Park, and we are looking forward to it today.  But for last night, we took a little breather and gazed out onto the Rio Grande.  It was a sight to behold!  Even Sheriff Brickle had to not think about himself for one moment.

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That’s Mexico over there. #riogrande #2travelingdogs

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Girl Person said that sometimes, when you want to see something or do something in life, it won’t be an easy path to get there.  In fact, sometimes, you don’t even know if the journey will be worth it.  But how will you ever know unless you try? It took so much work and many miles to get to here and to see this park.  But we made it.  We had to try. Because we don’t know if we will ever be back this way again.


Girl Person said that often, the older we get, the less we think we can do.  She said that just because you may be older, it does not mean that you still can’t go for your dreams.


Many times, she said it may be as simple as wanting to see something only a few miles away.  Sometimes, it may be a longer journey to find your dream..and a lot of work.  But she said that you are worth it.  You are more than your daily chores, your job, your obligations.  You are YOU.  You are the same person that you were as a child, you are worth the same.  Be good to you and see and do what you can… before you can’t.


Yes, Sheriff Brickle and I have seen so much in the past year and a half.  But what was right in front of us at the beginning is still here at the close of our journey. And that is good enough for me.  Because I still have my persons, my health and another journey of life still ahead.  So if you are not in good health, and maybe wish you had done more…think of what you did get to see, who you did get to love.  And cherish those memories too!

I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer cause I don’t know how
Sure ain’t a fixin’ to start in now



Life is so much more than what is right in front of us and where we live.  There are people who live in the mountains. There are people who live near the ocean.  And yes, there are people who live in the desert.  And they all had dreams.  We are all the same when it comes down to it.


So as we find ourselves in the vast solitude of the desert this weekend in Big Bend National Park, we hope that you will join us and learn with us.  Because if we listen…we have a lot yet to see.  No matter what our age.


We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah

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-Deputy Digby Pancake

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