THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART XCVI

by Janet Blue on August 17, 2021

 Adventure Away from Home

Stinky is even more excited than usual about the adventure he has planned for Periwinkle and himself this week. After his walkabout and being grounded, his mom and dad finally have agreed that he and Periwinkle can visit someplace new; though, with a few caveats. Dad Tom will be taking them part way, meeting them at their destination and bringing them home. Stinky decided that was way better than staying at home.

He impatiently waits for Periwinkle to arrive. When she tumbles out of the teleportation tunnel, Stinky grabs Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to his dad’s car without even a paw hug or whisker kiss. Once inside and buckled into their seat belts, Stinky apologizes and gives Periwinkle a huge whisker kiss. 

He tells Periwinkle, “I am so anxious for us to have a new, real adventure, I want to get on the road. I hope it’s okay.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw in his, gives it a squeeze and then settles in for the car ride. Periwinkle places her head on Stinky’s shoulder, content to be together.

Both tabbies nap until they arrive at the Clifton Forge railway station. Dad Tom gets Stinky’s new backpack, which Periwinkle gave him last week; the tabbies release their seat belts and hop from the car. Dad Tom gives them each a hug, tells them to be careful and reminds them he will meet them at the train depot in Thurmond, West Virginia.

Riding the Rails

Periwinkle asks, “Are we going on a train trip?”

Stinky giggles and tells Periwinkle they are going on a special train trip. After a short wait the train arrives and makes a brief stop to pick up the tabbies.

Periwinkle gasps when she sees the train. “Oh my cat, Stinky, are we going to ride the rails like hobos?”

“Maybe not like hobos, but definitely like two tabbies on an adventure,” Stinky tells her as he grabs her paw and helps her up the ladder.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

 

“Hold on tight, Periwinkle. I don’t want you flying off into the woods.”

“I promise,” Periwinkle replies and adds, “I love the feel of the wind in my furs, Stinky. This might be the best fun I have ever had!” Stinky beams with delight at Periwinkle’s declaration.

The tabbies admire the scenery as the train heads toward their destination. Talking isn’t possible as the noise from the wheels on the rails is much too loud.

Much too quickly for Periwinkle and Stinky, the train arrives at their pick-up point where Dad Tom will meet them.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

 

As they wait for Dad Tom, Periwinkle and Stinky share some treats, and Periwinkle asks Stinky if he knows anything about where they are. He tells her a little about what he read before today’s trip.

Thurmond Depot

“From 1900 to 1920, Thurmond was among the greatest railroad towns along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Coal brought from area mines gave the town the largest revenue on the railway line. Banks were the richest in West Virginia. Fifteen passenger trains passed through town each day. The depot served as many as 95,000 passengers per year. Stores and saloons were always busy, and the hotels and boarding houses were bursting with patrons.

“Unfortunately, with the arrival of diesel locomotives and less coal coming from local mines, the town began to steadily decline. The Thurmond Depot has been restored and serves as a visitor center. It’s exhibits and historic furnishings recreate the days when the railroad and coal were major themes in America’s history.”

“Are we going to visit the depot?”

“Not today, Periwinkle. But let’s plan to do that on a future adventure.”

Dunloup Falls

As Stinky is telling Periwinkle about Thurmond, Dad Tom arrives to take them to their destination: Dunloup Creek where they will visit the falls, which drop from a 20-foot high sandstone ledge into the New River Gorge. Dad Tom will be taking photos while the tabbies explore the surroundings.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

 

“Wow, Stinky, this is so beautiful. I love waterfalls, and it has been a really long time since we visited any. But would you please be careful and not climb any further out on that limb.”

“Periwinkle, it is perfectly safe and sturdy, and there is room for two,” Stinky tells her.

Periwinkle hesitates, but finally climbs out to join him.

 

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

 

The tabbies sit for a long time just enjoying the falls and each other’s company. After Stinky’s misadventure, they are happy to be together again for their weekly visits. Finally, Periwinkle asks Stinky if they will be doing anything else while Dad Tom is taking photos. As a reply, Stinky leads her down from the tree and closer to the creek. He then opens his backpack and takes out and unfolds their fishing poles.

“I have no idea if this creek has any fish, but I know how much fun we had fishing with Cooper Murphy and Tyebe, so I decided to bring our poles with me,” Stinky tells her.

 

 

“Stinky, this was a great idea. Fishing is so relaxing. It doesn’t matter if we catch anything.”

When their arms get tired of holding their poles, Stinky and Periwinkle share a snack and then a nap in the sun until Dad Tom retrieves them for the trip home.

Both kitties immediately fall asleep in the car and nap the entire way back to Stinky’s home.

Home Again

Upon arrival, Dad Tom shows Periwinkle, Stinky, Stinky’s fursibs and Mom Janet the photos he has taken, including the ones of Periwinkle and Stinky, He then makes copies for Periwinkle to take home to show brofur Raz and Mom Sharon.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky share oodles of whisker kisses and paw hugs and tell each other, “I love you!” Periwinkle steps into her tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky goes through the cat door to the catio to nap and dream of Periwinkle and all the fun they had on today’s adventure.

The End

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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs August 21, 2021 at 4:11 am

Wow, that was a wonderful and fun adventure!
We took a historic train ride when we were in Cumberland Maryland, many years ago.Through the mountains and over gorges. The unfurbros loved it as much as the grownups:)

Isn’t hitching a ride on a train rather risky?? Hmmm…

Glad you got to go on an outdoor adventure…and came back home,. Sawyer. That getting home part makes all us peeps and Periwinkle very happy.
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Lucy and Xena August 18, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Wow, Stinky, you are going to have to earn your Dad and Mom’s trust again before you’ll ever be allowed to go off on a date with your girl by yourself. But it doesn’t matter, you two still had a great time and even got to go fishing.

meowmeowmans August 17, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Such a wonderful and fun adventure. Riding the rails and fishing at those awesome falls! Wow!
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Susan from Bucks County Pennsylvania August 17, 2021 at 5:10 pm

I love riding on trains and am glad we could join you! You both are so much fun!!!

databbiesotrouttowne August 17, 2021 at 2:48 pm

P & S

YAY and HOORAY for a reel life… troo lee ewe were ther… ad venturez ….we N joyed thiz post and pleez ta tell yur dad mizztur tom he haz epic foto skillz 🙂 de train ride was awesum; did ewe noe how fast it went….like may bee 45o milez per hour !!! and de FISHIN waz de BEST….did ewe ever catchez a fish ore two ??? 🙂 ♥♥♥

Ellen J Pilch August 17, 2021 at 12:49 pm

That was a fun date. The falls are pretty. XO
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Brian Frum August 17, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Awww, that was a fun one you two and I’m glad you both made it back safely!
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Timmy Tomcat August 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

It’s so nice that you two can go on adventures again and this is a nice way to start out. We love trains and train history especially the history of steam and think a future trip will be a lot of fun. The Falls are great. Dad is pretty sure he saw these falls as way back when he took a lot of weekend trips to that area. They sure are lovely and you two look like you had a lot of fun. Purrs friends!
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Sandee August 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

How fun, a train ride, the falls, fishing, treats and whisker kisses. The purrfect adventure.

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Have a purrfect Happy Tuesday. Scritches to all the kitties and my best to dad Tom and moms Janet and Sharon. ♥
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Periwinkle August 17, 2021 at 7:56 am

Stinky,
I had a great time today. The train was such fun and the falls were magnificent. Just being together on a real adventure was super!

Love and whisker kisses,
Periwinkle
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Teddy August 17, 2021 at 5:46 am

What a perfectly PERFECT adventure! Trains are fun, waterfalls are fun and being with someone you love is fun. Glad these two enjoyed their special day with Dad Tom.

Hugs, Teddy
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LOULOU August 17, 2021 at 3:34 am

Oh, those falls….what amazing water!! Mama says, “Oh, the places we have never been!” But bonjour from France.
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Leah August 17, 2021 at 12:21 am

Beautiful place for adventures! Looks like Stinky and Periwinkle had lots of fun; I bet humans would like it too!
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