The Hidden Message At Dry Falls

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  First, for everyone wondering, yes, you may have seen on our Facebook page yesterday that Deputy Digby hurt his paw.  He will be on worker’s comp for a few days while he recoups.  He has requested that his paw be wrapped in pancakes instead of bandages. I’m on it. But I’m not sure it would have stayed on yesterday when we went to Dry Falls.  Which made no sense really to have that name for a waterfall until Boy Person explained it to me.


Boy Person said that Dry Falls flows on the Cullasaja River through the Nantahala National Forest. Dry Falls flows over an overhanging bluff that allows persons to walk up under the falls and remain dry when the waterflow is low, hence its name. Um.  We did not stay dry. Just in case you are wondering, my hair got messed up.

img_1980As we were walking to the falls, I saw it in the distance.  There were a lot of other people there.  And we had to walk behind them for a bit.  Some of the persons seemed to be pretty scared of dogs or something.  I am used to that, but I thought how appropriate that we were walking behind a waterfall.  It’s been said that in every waterfall, there is a hidden message.  And I knew right away what this waterfall’s message was.  Can you hear it?

As dogs, we don’t do a lot of talking out loud.  But persons sure do.  Many times, what they talk about is other persons.  And not in a good way at all.

They think that if they talk behind their back, no one will get mad, or upset or rained on…like by the waterfall.  But what they don’t realize is that when they do this, their words say more about them than who they are talking about. Maybe they have used talking about others as a way to not feel love towards others because they are afraid of losing them one day.

When Digby stinks in the car, I tell him so in a good way, because I want him to be aware of the situation.  And try to fix it.  But unless someone invents an air freshener specifically for Digby smells, I know this is probably not possible. But at least I’m upfront about it.  And I would rather be with him smelling than not with him at all.  But I do wish the smells would subside.


I think that what persons seem to forget is that you can never really talk behind someone’s back and not get affected.  Because anything that we say negative about someone else…not out of love and concern…will only cause us to be more negative in life.  And who needs that?  I don’t.  When we are positive and talk positivity to people, and not behind their back, it may be hard to do.  We may not be used to being nice.  I’m not.  But I think that it will make us all better persons.  We were born to be loved, born to be alive. Not hidden behind negative words.

Appreciating Dry Falls from in front of it yesterday was an amazing thing.


And I will never forget its message.  I hope that you hear it too.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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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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