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Lifelong Journey on the road with Spirit...

Discussion in 'Dog Blogs' started by beemerchef, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. beemerchef

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    The road calls...

    It is that time. Time to head East which will include Florida and Georgia [meaning "Two Wheels of Suches" on Friday April 11th for a few nights!] and back to Southern Utah before the summer heat takes over Valley of the Gods. I am so much looking forward seeing friends we have left behind years ago. Some nice campfires as I know the stories will fly.

    The contents of our book is being handled by a very knowledgeable trustworthy Publisher. The cover is taking shape, it is not the final version but close to it. It will be a few more weeks before being available in soft cover and all lectronic formats.

    There is excitement in the air while thinking a bit ahead of the new upcoming days, each morning being a curtain rise for a new experiences, adventures, people met, photos taken and videos made. How could I ever turn my back on such a Lifestyle. I think it is too late to do so.

    Three days left and suddenly on this Monday I cannot lose a single hour packing it all in. We have done this so many times, yet it always feels brand new. It is all pretty amazing I must say, we are on the road for a "permanent picnic!".

    Mother Nature is gifting us these last days spend at The Oasis with some incredible Sunsets,, a Sunrise while the Moon at the same time is setting, colors unimaginable while riding the many miles of dirt roads to nowhere and now again, much more time for cooking.

    All in the Journal...




    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…


    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
     
  2. beemerchef

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    A day at the Dragon Boat Festival in New Iberia, LA

    We are covering a lot of territory as today only 150 miles south of Atlanta. It feels odd, strange, at the same time as we just took a long ride and back to refuel before heading West one more time... for a few more years. Has been 89 months, roughly 2700 days, we have barely crossed the starting line.

    While spending a few days in New Iberia with a very Dear Friend of ours, we attended the Dragon Boats races. This is as close as we will get to a Mardi Gras. I think.

    The weather? We have been watched over. Open skies while getting to Vidor to visit more Friends, the same while en route for Louisiana and throughout our stay. As soon as we left bad storms took on New Iberia. Dark skies but calm while renewing my Driver's License in Pensacola and arriving in Georgia through Alabama right behind the creeks flooding yet receding for us. What can I say?

    Enjoy the photos. We sure had a good time and much food those days. Mainly shrimp and crawfish. Two items I have been dreaming about while sitting and writing our book those few months in the Big Bend Desert at The Oasis. It will be published in a few more weeks after more proofing.




    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
     
  3. beemerchef

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    Tasting Valley of the Gods, Utah.

    All I can say is "WOW! we made it...". East Coast and back, we are good for a few more years.

    Trying to stay ahead of summer and so far so good in and around Valley of the Gods, I must say, one of my all time favorite space to be in and dig our roots a bit deeper than usual. We have been all alone this time around with easy access, I have not seen anyone else camp out on this beautiful 17 mile loop. A couple visitors, some good friends, nothing planned, but they showed up! That is the way we like it as planning never works out.

    The weather suddenly is not very promising for the yearly outing of balloonist which get together every last weekend of April. They don't get along so well with rains, winds and storms. The surprise element is definitly present.

    The marathon from these past weeks is over, the calendar and clock are once again put away, the internet connections are weaker than ever, lucky [or unlucky!] if any, there is a sense of regained freedom and tackle our journey as we use to.

    The publication of our book is moving right along. More details in our journal with photos and a video shot in the Georgia Mountains on Highway 60 to "Two Wheels of Suches" I called "Sitting, Riding and... Leaning".

    Enjoy




    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
     
  4. beemerchef

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    Around Moab... Utah

    Sometimes the weather will just not quit telling us to move on as it happened while in Valley of the Gods and nearby Mokey Dugway, Gooseneck, Monument Valley. We took refuge, seemingly as it had happened in years past, in Bluff. Then came time to move on again while needing a real Internet connection, you guessed it maybe, for one more proofing of our book! It seems it is never going to end even if the finish line is getting very close.

    This area of course is one of our favorite spaces with too many choices every day of roads and amazing sights. A bit crowded at times, but we get around it.The weather is our friend for now, nice and cool and even so snow projected at higher elevations. A bit of maintenance on Old Faithful including a new rear tire and we are again ready to explore what we have seen before, yet, always being as the first time.

    While sheltered I was reading an interesting French book and for some reason decided to translate its first few pages having to do with the mystery of the beginning of times along with some photos taken in Arches National Park. That is what our new entry is all about. Much mystery and unanswered questions.

    Enjoy




    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
    The Oasis Of My Soul The Photos
     
  5. beemerchef

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    Validation of Life on the Road, Utah

    Every month, week and day of the year is a good one for us. Has to be as it is a choice. But these weeks are for lack of a better expression “the meat and potatoes” of the year when we chase northbound the cooler weather staying ahead of the upcoming summer heat. It is quite a game we play. Maps in hand, three different forecast software and sometimes even some thinking!

    Southern Utah including Valley of the Gods, Muley Point and Recaptured Pocket have been experienced. The digits on the thermometer went up and we moved on to the Moab area. We are spoiled avoided “hot”. The town itself is the center for all outdoor activities, so pleasant especially during the week, great food markets including my favorite butcher in the country “Old Geezer”. We did not last too long in the Arches as my patience with the “fast” tourists drove me to a certain animosity, but Kane Creek Road, La Sal Loop, Potash Road, Schaffer Trail and so much more saw us throughout this perfect time of the year.

    Staying ahead we are now in Colorado. A few isolated nights around Blue Mesa Lake bringing on mid 30's again throughout the nights and now for a few days in Gunnison needing a real good Internet connection. Our book has finally been uploaded to the printer. It is in what they call “pre-media” stage. As soon as approved which I am sure it will be as the formatters helping me have been the best, a real copy will be mailed to our Editor and myself for the last of the last proofing! We are more or less at the mercy of a good mailing address and a strong connection. What a long process this has been since early October 2013, but done right.

    Lake City? Lake San Cristobal? Crested Butte? Lost Lake? So much for us to wander to while we wait. It will not be long...

    The photos keep piling up!


    Enjoy




    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
    The Oasis Of My Soul The Photos
     
  6. beemerchef

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    The right prescription! Colorado.

    We shall be in Colorado for a while and when that time comes to exit, there will still be spaces awaiting for our next go around. The roads are endless and so are the sights. The people here are of the nicest. Relaxing by the shores of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison, back to Lake City and Lake San Cristobal where even in bad weather we felt energized, walking around in familiar Crested Butte topped with some of the greatest fish tacos, Highway 114 to Saguache, up 285 and back on 50 through Monarch Pass, stopping map in hand discovering the so many BLM lands offering free camping, so much more.

    We do not ride every day. We pick the nice ones, the ones with the big blue Colorado skies spotted with the cottonball clouds playing hide and seek with the sun. The temperatures are cool, mosquitoes are absent, this has been the definition of perfection.

    I can't even tell, or maybe want to know, if we are still in springtime or has summer started? These months are promising as we are getting into this path I must say we have missed all winter.

    There is nothing as good as being on the road complemented by many photos and a few videos posted on our journal even if we are here and they are dated from a recent past in Utah. It's all good.


    Enjoy.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal
     
  7. beemerchef

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    The Birth of our Book! CO

    I must say that the feeling holding your own book for the first time is unlike anything else. Almost. The ripened fruit of interminable hours spent writing, editing, proofing, on the phone with our editor and finally the logistics of formatting for soft cover and electronic devices. I forget, the cover design! Dealing with the printer, Amazon, the ISBN numbers, bar codes and... waiting. Waiting while the logistics being on the road do not make it easy for true communications, not just simple e-mail exchanges but the upload and download of documents. Yet, it is done... almost feeling as new chapters now need to start, the continuation of the past ones. They already have.

    I hope I do not get in trouble announcing on this page the availability of “Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”. There are no funds for a marketing campaign!

    Our book, if wanting it autographed by the both of us, is available through the links on our Journal or simply through Amazon also as a soft cover and electronic format [Kindle]. I am sure there will be more formats besides Kindle real soon.

    In the meantime, we managed to explore a bit more of this area and its richness. There are even a couple new videos on our latest Journal entry. One going up Cottonwood Pass still all white capped with snow and another one on our way to Taylor Park Reservoir. More time also in Crested Butte. How can we not within that always welcoming little town. A few more photos of Spirit clowning around as usual and that about does it for our new entry besides writing about how truly Spirit was rescued.


    Yes, they are pretty exciting times and always so appreciative of your support. Enjoy.



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal and Book
     
  8. beemerchef

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    Rolling this ball of Life... CO

    "It's a very gentle, flowing tale, a nice mix of autobiography and travelogue. Less introspective than I anticipated, I'm having a hard time putting it down actually. The fun you had writing it certainly jumps off the page. It's poignant but not sad."

    Yes, it is a comment on our Book. One of them. I cannot be the judge of it, I can only read what others think of it.

    We are still in Gunnison, a few more days and on we will go once again “in the middle of nowhere”. We have had the opportunity to scout the areas and considering that 80% of the land here is public, the choices are greater than ever.

    We have had Friends camp with us and their huge and beautiful 30,000lb custom built Unimog! I kind of felt like David and Goliath were on display. They fed us for two days, it was such a treat not having to cook! Always is.

    A ride up and down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison from which I made a video. A couple more visits into town and best of all the weather is cooperating while staying cool as we like it with low 30's in the mornings. Perfect.

    Enjoy the videos, the photos and if you read our Book let us know what you think. Spirit wants to know...



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book information
     
  9. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    looks like so much fun!!! I love the dogs goggles.
     
  10. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Hi Ara,
    I'm interested in one of your auto/pawtographed copies. I don't mind ordering it from Amazon-but there's no indication that the book comes that way. Should I order from somewhere else, or maybe leave a note on Amazon?
     
  11. beemerchef

    beemerchef Puppy

    Thanks...
    You can go on our Journal and all the info is there for me to mail it to you.
    www.theoasisofmysoul.com
    The Journal URL is also above in our signature & info on book.
    Let me know if you have any problems.
    We much appreciate it.
    Ara and Spirit
     
  12. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

  13. beemerchef

    beemerchef Puppy

    The wonders of the Internet amaze me...

    Already in transit to PB, FL....

    Thank You from the both of us.

    Ara and Spirit
     
  14. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Glad to see that you both are well :)
     
  15. beemerchef

    beemerchef Puppy

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    Lake San Cristobal. Reconnecting with Nature. CO


    “Read your book over the weekend…absolutely touched my heart & spirit!!! It is one of those rare books that make you “feel” in all the right areas of your emotions and life…thank you for sharing your travels and life with all of us!!! I felt at every page that I was right there, seeing, hearing and smelling…"


    “Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”

    Thank You Chris...

    I know, cheap marketing but that is all I can do, afford rightly so.

    We headed to Lake San Cristobal for a week on it's cliffs taking in the view and the lack of Internet! The camping was not free this time around but the sights are worth the $15 a night. Five nights actually.

    Lake City has been in a total black out with Internet and I must say it was funny to walk the streets a bit, or sit on one of the benches watching the world go around, while hearing the tourists out loud wondering what they were “now going to do?”. Comments were as “will have to walk around”, “will have to take in the sights” and on and on.

    The Editor of the local Newspaper even wrote on their Facebook page that the town's sidewalks were buzzing! A sign of the times... Life without Internet must be the worst punishment I think today's society could endure. I personally know a few that will have the shakes [true story] if their Internet goes down... SAD.

    The area of course was familiar to us. It is a bit of a retreat just being and finding again ourselves before heading North one more time.

    More photos and comments in our Journal. Enjoy.



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal and Book

    The Oasis Of My Soul The Photos
     
  16. beemerchef

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    A Room with a View. Colorado.

    This room is actually millions of acres. Free BLM land South of Salida and hundreds of miles of unpaved roads, mostly not on any maps that I can find. Perched at 9200 feet, it is sweater and wool hat time in the evening till morning when finally the rays slowly emerge from behind the eastern horizon and warm us up. No sense getting up too early.

    I have finally learned the weather pattern here which starts with blue skies and by noon almost black at times the clouds play their odd particular shapes confronting each other with often a nice downpour to cool us of even more.

    How are we ever going to leave this space?

    On the Fourth of July we attended a wedding in Colorado Springs. Some dear Friends or ours tied the knot. We started then heading North. It did not last too long! We made a U-turn at Castle Rock and now again back here exactly where we started. Nothing unusual for us to change our direction in an instant. It is called the freedom of time.

    The photos on our Journal will prove our logic! How could we not?



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
     
  17. beemerchef

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    Snowy Range Pass, Wyoming


    It is thought that the most beautiful spaces in this country do not have Internet. It is true. We have plunged into this other world today in Laramie, Wyoming, the one where laundry can be done, provisions purchased and then on escape back up to Snowy Range Pass which has been our home for now a while. So here we are with a connection

    Right! Our SPOT and SAT phones are our only lifelines "up there". Who needs anything more when everything else is provided? Miles of unpaved roads, more little lakes I can count, shade and cool weather while staying above 9000 feet. The birds singing, the smells pungent, another Paradise we had never explored in this beautiful country of ours. "Get to know your Backyard" I always say.

    Here, at lower elevations, the heat is already making its mark. August coming up is always the worse month for us and that will include our friends the mosquitoes. But, September is right around the corner and WA/OR should by then be cooler. We are spending a few days traveling that month with our Editor. It should be interesting as we are both looking forward to it. I wonder if she will also correct my speech!

    Very nice comments have come in regarding our book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash". Some have even already read it twice! I might even do that myself. If you have not, all the information to order it is on our Journal.






    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
     
  18. beemerchef

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    Through Bear's Tooth Pass... WY/MT

    We went up through Chief Joseph Hwy and set up camp on Bear's Tooth Pass with much anticipation and our heads up high. A few days later, the mosquitoes won and near by Ennis, Montana, is where we are. The problem was not while riding but the frustration at camp. Off fan, Skin so Soft, wrist band, camp fire, we have it all... Cannot use Deet.

    On the banks of Madison river amazingly just a few of those non sense flying pesky intrusions. Spirit is happier, his freedom without a cry found again.

    More destinations surrounds us including Gravelly Range Rd, the one I call "the road to nowhere". We are about 12 miles from town. Easy refueling and purchase of provisions.

    Some day are good as these are considering we are only at 5500 feet and last night was around 45 degrees. Just the way we like it.

    Just in case you order our Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash" we are not too far also from the Post Office! Hint... The reviews have been very favorable.

    The skies are now clearing after much welcomed rain. It is time for some rides and more photos.



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
     
  19. beemerchef

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    Montana! Gravelly Range Road and more…

    Montana's roads and spaces are always exciting times especially when weather cooperating, none above 80.

    Gravelly Range Road has been on top my list of favorites for a long time now and these days has been no exception. Combined with a new camping spot by Varney Bridge, about 10 miles from Ennis, and that does it for us spending over a week with a great base camp.

    The sunsets have been exceptional. The photos are in the Journal. No doubt one can understand why it is here called the "Big Skies". They are indeed huge with a feel of being enveloped by them. This summer is continuing being good to us.

    In the meantime I am also trying to let our Friends [you!] know about the release of our book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash". There are no funds for marketing, so doing the best I can and spreading the word will always be a plus. I actually received an incredible comment the other day:

    "Could this book surpass the reality of "Ghost Rider"? Could it be the modern updated" Travels with Charley " and" Blue Highways"? Yes on all counts. A must read. Even more than once."

    Of course as everything else, it is a matter of taste!

    We will be pushing Northwest next week, we have to be in Portland by the 31st while we will be traveling a while with our Editor and showing her some of this beautiful country.

    Thank You always for your support throughout this Journey of ours.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

    The Oasis Of My Soul Ara and Spirit: Life Under the Stars The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
     
  20. beemerchef

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    A bit of past and present Urbanism. Montana

    Today's News? Well, they are always all over the place, one in particular disturbed me greatly. You can read about it in our Journal.

    In the meantime we hovered for quite a few days within past History between Virginia City, Nevada City, Alder, Twin Bridges and as far as Dillon. Weekdays are great as the streets are deserted and the locals are eager to tell their stories. Just as it use to be in past times when Internet was not present. Those stories are the joys while being on the road throughout our very slow pace.

    The roads themselves are often lined up with antiquities from those past times. Some refurbished and some, maybe while running out of money, left as it for Mother time to take her toll. They will not be around for too much longer. There are already I noticed some which have disappeared and glad a few years back I had taken some photos of such dwelling. Today is a Hotel, a restaurant and too often nothing at all. Just a piece of dirt with no signature from what was standing sometimes not so tall.

    The good "holes in the walls" places to eat are luckily still around like the white Taco Bus in Dillon. Their flavors have not gone away. A good thing as even the faces looked familiar.

    Slowly it is on to the West Coast, the Pacific Ocean while we will soon land in the Olympic Peninsula including Neah Bay. Hopefully I will not notice too many changes. They would be a discrepancy with our Book!



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"

    8th Year, the Stars, living under them…
     

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