Perspectives In The Mud

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Some days you know immediately that it is going to be a good, no, a great day!  That is every day in my book.  But when I wake up and it’s raining, and the persons start packing our picnic, I know.  This.  This is going to be a good day.  Yes. You heard me.  A picnic.  A hike.  In the rain.  Oh yeah.

Girl Person always tries to explain the history behind the places that we go.  She said that this place had a very bad wind storm in the forest. And then there were only stumps left that looked like a graveyard. But then it had a fire too.  I tried to pay attention.  But I knew the mud was calling my name.


We were on our way! Time to boogie down, y’all.

There are certain recipes I know by heart. Pancakes.  The best pancakes.  Meatballs. The best meatballs.  And I also know the recipe for a true hiking success.  Rain. Mud. Puddles. Creeks. Streams. And a waterfall at the end of it.  Also.  A picnic.


You see, I knew we were in for a delightful time on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday.  We could hardly see anything thru the fog.


But we kept going and we kept driving until we reached our stop for the afternoon.  A three mile round trip hike.  In the mud.

I have to tell you. The persons were not so excited about this at first.  They thought that once we got to the trail that the weather would get better.


Well, in my perspective, it did. It got muddier. And for Sheriff Brickle, it got more slippery. And for some reason, Brickle thinks it is the funniest thing in the world when he slips.  And when Boy Person slips?  He laughs like crazy with that corn dog tail!

The persons did their complaining for a little while.  The persons tried to stay dry for a little while.

But once they realized that it was impossible to do anything but live in the moment and laugh with us, the trail sure became even better than I knew it could be. OH, the rain turned to love.  The dirt turned to love. The mud turned to love.  Oh, we were feeling it! Everywhere. In our collars. In our shoes. In our pants.  Well, not in my pants.  I don’t wear pants…I’ve mentioned that before.

There are few things that persons can control in their life.  But I know this.  One thing that you can control?  Your perspective.  Complaining about things you can’t change, or things that aren’t perfect in your day is a waste of time.  That time could be spent enjoying the not so perfect things.  Don’t be a stranger to the the not so perfect things. They are pretty awesome too.

This time on the Blue Ridge Parkway for us is coming to a close.  We have only a few miles left…and it seems like we started just yesterday.  Life is like that too.  We know that.  Life will teach us lessons no matter where we go.


So go where your heart wants to. Don’t jump over that mud. Skip thru it.  Get dirty.  Make memories, and if someone else needs a reminder like Boy Person, push them in it.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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You Can’t Hurry Love

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It was definitely hard to leave one of our favorite parks yesterday.  The sun was out, the trails were still calling our name, and yet, the poison ivy on Girl Person’s legs, booty and arms and feet made it clear that we would be taking a little bit of Pocahontas State Park with us.  For awhile.

We promised Deputy Digby that we were taking him to his happy place and the mountains are this place for him.  You know that my happy place is the beach, but even I can appreciate when my brother can be happy too for a bit.  And I can already see the change in him.  He has more of a spring in his step.  He has more energy.  And this is just what we wanted for him.


There is enough world for everyone to have a piece and share at different times.  But we don’t share pancakes or peanut butter cookies.  You know that.

Virginia has already made it clear that it wants us to slow down and take our time on this No Path Path.  We are taking it easy with the Big Blue Treat Wagon and taking it easy with ourselves too.  We spent too much time rushing the first go around.   And now, it is time.  Not to hurry, but to appreciate. You can’t hurry love.  You can’t hurry looking at me.  You have a lot to take in.

So here is our plan.  We will be taking our time and make it our goal to travel the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway starting in Virginia.  Some days we may drive more than others. Some days we may rest.  Some days we may explore.  Some days, I may just look at myself.


I know we have been so many places.  But there is still so much we have not seen.  Did you know we have never really been to these mountains?  We have never been on the Blue Ridge Parkway in all of our travels. And so this is new!  We are coming to see you, Blue Ridge Parkway!

Life is not meant to be hurried.  Because you may think that you have seen it all.  You may think that there is nothing new to look forward to.  Even if you rush around and get to all of your goals, well, there is certainly something that you missed.  That leaf on the ground.  That flower on the hillside.  If you don’t look at that flower now, you won’t ever see it again.

So take time to notice the little things.  Don’t hurry.  Put your agenda behind.  If we can do it, you can too.


There are many good things about getting older.  It forces you to reevaluate and slow down.  Your steps may be slower, but your gaze can be longer.  You will need to sit awhile to look at me.

Are you ready to see the Blue Ridge Parkway? Can the Big Blue Treat Wagon do this?

We may need a push…

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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