Three Snorts

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know when I’m happy and when I’m not, which is hardly ever. I don’t even know what a rocket scientist is. But you don’t have to be one to be happy or know happy!

All you have to do is listen. And if you hear three snorts? I. Am. Really. Happy.

And when we spent the day at Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park in that West Virginia place, I was snorting the three snort tune all day long.

When a place has history, hiking trails and a town you can walk thru? Wow. Just wow.

Snort. Snort. Snort. Happy. Happy. Happy.

The persons were worried a little bit that the hike into town would be too long. But it was all downhill, so we decided to try it.

And Boy Person promised to run back up and get the car so I didn’t have to walk all the way back. And after the double scoop I ate of ice cream that Brickle wouldn’t eat? I appreciated that.

The great thing about new places for me and Brickle is that we feel pretty fortunate sometimes.

We get to go where people are and they talk to us and we get to see stores and parks and things going on. We do wish we could go inside every place like you, but I hear that you can’t use the bathroom inside stores. They call that inappropriate.

But at Harpers Ferry, we could go in some stores. Quickly. And we got to do three things which caused the three snorts snort. We. were. So. Happy.

Do you remember what happy feels like? Sounds like?

We hiked into town over creeks and along the river. We got to be outside and enjoy nature! Snort.

We got to do some learning. Snort.

We got to eat some good food. Oh, the simple pleasures. Although Brickle wouldn’t eat his ice cream. Did I mention I ate his?

You see, happiness isn’t dependent on any of these three things. But put them all together, and you feel alive. You can’t help but snort. Because if we ever stop being amongst nature, if we ever stop learning and when we stop enjoying simple pleasures, something is wrong. And we have to stop whatever we are doing and find what makes us snort three times. What makes you snort? What makes you feel alive?

Harpers Ferry surely made us feel alive, important. Happy.

And Harper’s Ferry made us appreciate how much more there is to see and learn about.

The wonderful part is that happy can be part of every day if we find our snorts. So are you with me? I wanna hear it!

Our last full day in Virginia is today. We leave on Tuesday afternoon. Look for clues and updates on our next destination on our Facebook page!

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Way Down Yonder In The Pawpaw Patch

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. As you know, I’ve been looking for pancake trees all my days. I even resorted to settling for pancake seeds to grow my own trees. But in retrospect, I’m not sure that growing trees in the RV would be possible.

Girl Person likes to find trees and fruit when we travel. She likes to do something called foraging. Uh, dogs have been foraging for years. I can find the rottenest, yummy thing to roll in or eat no matter where we are. But when Girl Person finds a new food to try, she gets more excited than I do. And this week, she found something called a pawpaw.

Well, slap my paws and call me Pancake. I’ve heard of these things before when we in this Virginia place before.

But this was the first time we found some!

When Girl Person is happy, we are happy. And she was very happy to get on her bike and try to find pawpaws this week.

She learned that it was harder to find them then she thought. But when she finally found one tree, she would find another. Some fruit would be harder to reach than others. And my legs aren’t long enough to reach them. Now…if there were pancakes up there, I might just find a way.

Girl Person says not to worry because she has found enough for pawpaw pancakes and left enough for the wild animals to eat too. We should never be so greedy to take everything…even if we can.

Imagine you gave just one bag of groceries you bought to a family in need every week. Or imagine you could take just one week’s worth of food for dogs to a shelter every month? Wouldn’t it be better to share our joy with others? Don’t just imagine you would do it. Do that.

Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch is where you will find us till we leave this Virginia place!

Oh, to find and experience new foods and smells and places is such a wonderful thing. If you’ve been thinking of trying a new fruit or vegetable, or visiting a new place, maybe this weekend is the time to do it! Find your delicious pawpaw patch. And climb if you have to!

Deputy Digby Pancake Pawpaw

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