Go With The Flow?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  I decided to hold off on using my new name of Digby Bland Food on this diet today because I am thinking positive thoughts.  And bland food doesn’t help with positive thoughts.  It’s better just some days to go with the flow and see where it takes you.  I think.


Yesterday, we woke up in one of our most favorite campsites ever in Silver Springs State Park in this Florida place.  The persons decided that they could not miss going on one of those glass bottom boats that have been here for a million years.  Well, maybe not a million.  But close.

And you know that Sheriff Brickle and I are not too fond of boats.  So we decided to sit this one out with a full belly of breakfast made with bland food. Oh, I forgot.  I wasn’t supposed to mention that again.


The persons were really excited.  You see, it’s not every day that you get to ride a boat with a glass bottom to see what is under there!


And it’s not often that you can look through glass and see all of the springs, water and fish beneath you.


The persons said that Brickle and I would have been scared of the boat.  I believe them.  To hear how deep the water is, and to hear about the springs which make millions of gallons every day, well, that is too deep for me to think about.


And although I enjoyed their pictures, well, there was another reason we were glad we sat out this particular attraction.

Now.  We had told you about the monkeys on Tuesday’s blog.  We talked about admiring them from afar.  And well, I guess the persons weren’t as far away as they could have been.  But that all depends.  It made for a bunch of laughing.  And that is certainly going with the flow. I am just glad that the monkeys here related to the ones in a Tarzan movie were the only ones left from a movie filmed here at Silver Springs.


It could have been worse.


The persons told us all about their boat ride and told us that they would make a video and show it to us this Sunday on the Facebook page.  I agreed to wait.  Because we had to get back on the road.  You see, Jax took the wheel.  And where did we end up? You guessed it.  Where we first met Jax.  Back in Jacksonville, Florida.


If there was ever anyone who was go with the flow, well, that would be Jax.  And since it had been awhile since he had been home, we decided it was ok with us!


We have learned the last three years being on the road that plans in life may be overrated.  You can overthink things all day long.  You can try to figure out solutions.  But when do things ever truly go according to plan?  Sometimes, you have to go with the flow and go where the wind blows, or the river flows.  Sometimes, you have to hear the ocean waves. Sometimes you have to hear the owls in the woods.  None of those things plan their day.  They go with what their day brings them.


On the other hand, going with the flow doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have direction.  The waters in the rivers and springs and ocean all have a direction.

They may go with the flow.  But they are the flow.  You have to be your own flow too.  You may not have everything exactly all figured out.  But you can head that way.

What direction are we headed?  That has yet to be charted.  But for now, since Jax steered us here, we will feel the ocean breeze.  We will watch the water.  Go with the flow?  Yes.  But let’s see which way we steer.

-Deputy Digby Pancake Bland Food

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Learning With Purpose

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I am always up for a good adventure.

Travel has a way of opening up your mind in ways you aren’t prepared for.

Some things that you learn prepare you for the future. Some things that you learn make you reflect on the past. Some things you learn help others. But one thing is for certain. Learning is never a waste of time.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

We can’t forget where we were at this time last week.

We had a very sick Deputy Digby Pancake. And we would not have imagined that he would be making a trip the same time next week.

So to say that we are so happy together is an understatement. We learned from that experience, as awlful as it was. But learning doesn’t mean you have to dwell. And so yesterday, we decided to check out a museum in this Florida place to do some learning of other sorts.

We did some learning about people who used to live here that aren’t forgotten. They were called Florida crackers. And so we visited the museum at Silver Springs State Park.

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius

it’s not every day that a dog gets to go to a museum to learn about Florida crackers.

It’s not every day that a dog gets to go learn about sugarcane and baking bread and life on a farm. I realize this. So I didn’t take our day for granted. Either did Digby. You see, yesterday was the first day he felt pretty good. I feel pretty every day, but that’s a different story.

We took a stroll thru the museum and looked at the buildings. We even got to see sugarcane and how they used to cook it. Wow. That was a hard job.

Seems like a lot of things for persons were hard back then. At least that’s what they think. But sometimes I wonder if things are still hard now. Just in different ways. I would say things are definitely more complicated.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”-Benjamin Franklin

But no matter when you lived, or where, learning is something everyone does. It’s when we learn with a purpose that can benefit. What is that purpose? It’s different for every one of us.

You see, maybe some of us learn to be simply entertained. Maybe some of us learn to remember or relate to the ones before us. For Girl Person, since she was born in this Florida place, she liked the museum because she got to see first hand stories her Pappy had told her about sugarcane. She got to see what life was like long ago.

For others, some may learn to do better at a job or to broaden their viewpoints. They say ignorance is bliss. It’s easy to feel more important or think you’re always right when you don’t learn about someone else’s point of view. Learning with a purpose puts you second. But makes you better.

There is always something to learn. The question should be what do I need to learn?

Stay with us as we explore more of Silver Springs State Park today and we might just find some monkeys. I wonder what we can learn from them.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle