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    glad you enjoyed the pnw, ara. the weather was fantastic for your stay, probably a little of everything. your book is now in it's 2nd set of hands, the pics in this thread helped my son see your journey as he read about your trip.
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    ...at the end of the read, a quote comes in from no other than AKrover, surprisingly short too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    glad you enjoyed the pnw, ara. the weather was fantastic for your stay, probably a little of everything. your book is now in it's 2nd set of hands, the pics in this thread helped my son see your journey as he read about your trip.
    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    ...at the end of the read, a quote comes in from no other than AKrover, surprisingly short too.
    Nice your Son also is reading it, or has read it.
    I wonder if AKrover knows I quoted him!
    Thank You for your kind words... Always.

    BTW, how does one post photos now? Something has changed.Yes?

    Spirit finally got a job!!!


    Dropping South to Utah...

    Chaperoning our Book Editor for 12 days is done as we dropped her off at the Portland Airport. We saw Neah Bay, camped on the Hood Canal, backtracked through Portland to the little town of Halfway [Oregon], rode Hell's Canyon with Spirit as she herself shopped around. A good time I must say filled with Life's conversations. An unusual setting for us to have company, a nice one.

    Too hot to yet drop to "The Oasis" we stopped in Utah. We are now in and around Moab while we rode up and down, again [!], Potash Road and Shafer Trail. I just cannot get away from that road. We will be moving on to Muley Point and Valley of the Gods, a good time for fall if fall ever arrives as it was 92 in the shade yesterday. Lower 80's today, there is hope for cooler temperatures.

    The spaces are now empty as Labor Day has passed on and everyone is back home on their own regular schedules. We have it all to ourselves. Almost.

    As every year I am looking forward to arriving at "The Oasis". A shipping container, fire pits, water catchment and continue our conversations with my Mother and Lance. Many locals roads to ride again and from what I have seen from others the sunsets have been incredible.

    For those who have purchased our book "Freedom On Both Ends Of The Leash", either through us or Amazon or electronically, I hope you have enjoyed it. For those who have not, I can only hope you do...





    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    glad you enjoyed your visit to the PNW, weather was nice.
    stay safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    glad you enjoyed your visit to the PNW, weather was nice.
    stay safe
    It was perfect and so was the... smoked salmon!!!

    Question... how does one insert a photo now? Thank You...

    Thank You "Life".

    End of summer as I felt fall for the first time with cold hands and finding myself wearing a sweater. All so welcomed. Such freedom I have been thinking while laying on the ground one night, a couple nights ago in Valley of the Gods and watching the stars while seemingly the sky lowering itself and taking me in.

    A rare freedom, a luxury. Have we earned it? I found that out when after taking refuge in Bluff for a couple days due to threats of flash flood warnings, while headed back this time to the Gooseneck I suddenly made a U Turn and here we are only a 100 miles from The Oasis, Texas! How can a space where we have already spent five winters call me, pull me so strongly? No arguments on my end, only checking the weather as low eighties will be doable.

    The excitement is at its height, if not more than the first time! I know I will be breathing deeper than ever and I cannot help calling it "Home". Home Base is not even a word strong enough anymore.

    We are spending a couple nights in Marfa seeing a good Friend of mine. An Author of many books, yet we did not solve anything regarding this fabric of Life we deal with daily. I personally have come to the conclusion that so many questions only have no answers. It is that simple while being "Thankful" towards this path such has put us on, Spirit and I together as one.

    I feel as there will be much to do when we arrive and that is not true. There will be right then and there nothing to do, only for the mind to take it all in and conversate with Lance and my Mother who I am sure have been awaiting our return.

    How exciting!Can you tell he is still happy?






    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemerchef View Post
    Question... how does one insert a photo now? Thank You...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    How did you do that? Thanks.

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    Lazy days at "The Oasis", Texas...

    What can I say? After taking refuge in Bluff, Utah, due to flash flood warnings [which I take very seriously], on our way West back to the Gooseneck and Valley of the Gods the little voice in me [sometimes not so little!] told me to get back here... as we did. The forecast was a bit on the warm side for afternoons but today is the last of the 90's we will see and feel for a while. Very doable as the mornings have been cool and even colder throughout the nights.

    I have been lazy since arriving here. Riding endlessly those roads we missed so much, star gazing after the few days of fuller Moon, playing with my Buddy who always regains his freedom here running in circle like a madman!

    The conclusion always, as appealing is being on the road, a Home Base is needed throughout the year. The outside world has its boundaries here. I am only interested in Mother Nature's politics, its beauty and offerings which are so many surrounding us. Glued eyes on a screen is not my preferred pass-time. I will not be running for Mayor anytime soon...

    Tomorrow I will force ourselves to get on a bit further. All is just too comfy here and we don't need to be on the lookout for a black truck passing by a few times an hour or a blown up and smoldering met lab which are events happened recently further North. Pretty incredible how even the spaces containing solitude are changing every year.

    Reading, [have you read our Book yet?], riding, cooking, playing... That about sums it up for now. More photos on our Journal.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    I'm poor but happy a man of the Way
    all my needs are satisfied by chance
    last night the west wind downed an old tree
    at daybreak firewood covered the ground
    gauze silk clouds adorned red scarps
    dew drop pearls bejeweled green cliffs
    what's present has always decided my living
    why should I burden myself with plans

    - Stonehouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by mock1 View Post
    I'm poor but happy a man of the Way
    all my needs are satisfied by chance
    last night the west wind downed an old tree
    at daybreak firewood covered the ground
    gauze silk clouds adorned red scarps
    dew drop pearls bejeweled green cliffs
    what's present has always decided my living
    why should I burden myself with plans

    - Stonehouse


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    Timeless Zone in Big Bend, Texas.

    A big decision was facing me all summer. Where would we live some day when this body dwindled down as already the rough off roads are slowly being a thing of the past. Mainly for summer times as winter here at "The Oasis" is unequaled. Land up North above 9000 feet to keep us cool escaped me as an option. These 10 acres here, all paid for, has become the solution. We shall built something as a roof, we shall have a little home as a small camper, some more solar, water catchment, a larger generator for those hot summer days when those times arrive. That one day... I have it all written and photographed in a couple entries in our Journal. It is all there... Not finished yet of course but it is all getting there. You will have to go back one entry to see how it is all shaping up.

    In the meantime as every Sunday comes by I know exactly how long we have already been here and that fact alone amazes me. Is it time flying away as one gets up in age? Or is it this Big Bend area which has a total disregard towards a calendar? I must say it is pretty amazing.

    The "Day of the Dead" celebration has also come and gone where we attended for a couple hours. More photos on the last entry of ours.

    A bit of rain finally, cooler weather dropping from the 90's to the 60's and 70's. It is here the definition of perfection.

    Enjoy... we are.

    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    ^ Hey, did you pass through Summit County, CO recently? Maybe on 10/26? I was driving east on I-70 up toward the tunnel and a guy passed me on a rig that looks a lot like yours with a dog in the sidecar. Thought of this thread and wondered..
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    keep hearing big bend is great, but you gotta go thru so much of texas desert to get there.

    not sure if you've made it there, but the mountains of western north Carolina I designated as my winding down years. I figure to get a small place in Asheville and work part time in some shop and spend the rest of the time on those mountain roads. was there two weeks ago and stopped to stand in a cloud as it worked its way up one side of the mountain and waterfalled down the other side. I highly recommend Asheville, highlands and mt Mitchell if you head that way.
    Eat em up Houston Cougars !

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    does akr even know he was quoted in your book, ara?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stfu&gbtw View Post
    ^ Hey, did you pass through Summit County, CO recently? Maybe on 10/26? I was driving east on I-70 up toward the tunnel and a guy passed me on a rig that looks a lot like yours with a dog in the sidecar. Thought of this thread and wondered..
    Not lately as we have been here four weeks already! Hard to believe.... Thanks for asking.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkiCougar View Post
    keep hearing big bend is great, but you gotta go thru so much of texas desert to get there.

    not sure if you've made it there, but the mountains of western north Carolina I designated as my winding down years. I figure to get a small place in Asheville and work part time in some shop and spend the rest of the time on those mountain roads. was there two weeks ago and stopped to stand in a cloud as it worked its way up one side of the mountain and waterfalled down the other side. I highly recommend Asheville, highlands and mt Mitchell if you head that way.
    I love Asheville and all the surrounding areas. It use to be my backyard! GA Mountains and more... and yes, "here" is very far, reason I call it "The end of the world"!!! At $100 an acre, it has its reasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    does akr even know he was quoted in your book, ara?
    That is a good question... I don't think he does. I should let him know.

    Stay well.
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    no, you should let him buy the book and find out himself.
    if he is as smart as he thinks he is, he will get the drift through this dialogue
    let it ride, ara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    no, you should let him buy the book and find out himself.
    if he is as smart as he thinks he is, he will get the drift through this dialogue
    let it ride, ara.
    That is a good idea... Hello akr...

    Thanks. Ara and Spirit
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    Read your book during a recent vacation in Mexico. Great, moving, inspirational story. Thank you for sharing it with the "world".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sar13 View Post
    Read your book during a recent vacation in Mexico. Great, moving, inspirational story. Thank you for sharing it with the "world".
    Thank You. Very kind words.
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    Making a Home in Big Bend... Texas that is.

    Where do I begin? as "The Oasis", here, once again works its magic in the center of this Texas Desert.

    As the years have gone by on the road, the thought of the ones ahead of us has made its mark. Some day we will need a Home, it is inevitable, as a good Friend of mine wrote me. Where else could it be but here?

    Sure, summers are hot [but dry] and the decision to have a roof here has turned into a reality. A 25 x 40 shelter, a little camper right next to a 10 x 14 prefab cabin. Much solar, 4000 gallons of water catchment, a powerful generator, some sort of a basic outdoor kitchen, [meaning just a long table!], better Internet, it is all taking shape all in photos in a couple previous entries in our Journal.

    Now is however the time to walk away from it and once again balance out our time between Nature and those components that have been going up. I am realizing that it could be endless as the days here within this space which more than anything else feels as an Island for us. One that can provide all our needs present and future.

    Big Bend Park provided its magic the other day. A breather from shoveling dirt or nailing some boards and wiring this and that.

    I feel as this winter is going to fly by, lets see how much heat we can handle when Spring returns. Colorado is never too far!

    Enjoy the photos. It is Life "off the grid".

    Happy "Thanksgiving" day.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    happy thanksgiving ara! how was the cold spell last week? you get indoors i hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    happy thanksgiving ara! how was the cold spell last week? you get indoors i hope.
    Upper 20's? I like cold and so does Spirit... Indoors yes... You can see what we are doing here on our Journal. A home for the future!!!

    Stay well. Ara and Spirit
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    Sorry I just cannot figure out how to post a photo. They are on our Journal!

    Coming to terms with the future. Big Bend. TX

    I feel as I have traded "Old Faithful" for a skill saw, drill, jigsaw, plywood, shovel, rake, you name it! And I have part time. Undertaking a permanent [a hard word to pronounce!] home for the future is a task I am discovering will take more time than I thought. Especially while doing most of it myself having never done such work before. I have the utmost respect for carpenters lately! That is an art I do not possess or have any experience with.

    Yet, we manage to get away within these three million acres which constantly stare at us, call our name while the weather is still perfect meaning a short sleeve T shirt is the norm. The stress of finishing it all is behind me, it will get done when it gets done. The discoveries on those roads traveled dozens of times are still present as even Terlingua offers new sights, new stores and people passing by or moving in. A donut shop open on the weekends! That is big for here... and good!

    Spirit continues to roam around freely. This space is also his paradise where there is no leash. We walk the land seeing the changes after the storms, new paths, vegetation dying from the past summer heat and the ones thriving from the recent rains. It is a constant change on this stage we discovered in years past. Who would have ever known this would change from a home base to some day where we will rest when this body gets too tired from roaming around this huge country we live in. I don't have to come to terms with that notion, not yet. I do think however I am doing the right thing.

    I am also still working on our Photo Coffee Table Book. Probably will be another couple months until that one is ready, that task also turns out not to be as easy as I thought. In the meantime "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash" is still available on our Journal, on Amazon and in all electronic formats.

    Enjoy and stay well. Happy upcoming Holidays... just in case we do not make it back here before.



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

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    Do you have another calendar my friend, the one I have is waning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vt-Freeheel View Post
    Do you have another calendar my friend, the one I have is waning.
    Unfortunately no calendars this year. You must have been the exception buying one...

    We have our Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash" and in a month or so a Photo Coffee Table book with 120 pages coming out...

    Thanks for asking.

    Stay well.

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    Intermission in Life. TX

    We both have been looking for a break, an intermission of some sort but not one in this fashion. A violent ice storm created the worse black out these three million acres have ever experienced when 30 electric poles went down. No fuel, no propane, no phone service, not even the SAT phone working for some odd reason, and of course no Internet. The lack of power does not phase us as we are on a solar system, the Internet? well, that can wait... right?

    Yesterday as some power did come back in Alpine and the perfect weather was back we took the 120 mile round trip, my curiosity towards these pages I guess got the best of me while sitting at the local Library. The world is still spinning, nothing too important has happened. It was a great ride though.

    We did manage to get into the Park before the storm hit, riding being a need more than anything else, and we found ourselves present at Panther Junction at the right time while the iced fog combined with winds was sculpting Nature. What a sight! With plenty of fuel as always carrying an extra five gallons reserve it was one of our best days in the Park. A cold one!

    Everyone here is slowly getting back on their feet. The Internet addicts are again normally breathing, blood pressure back to normal. Not so lucky here as we depend on a tower and that little red light is still not on. We will probably ride to our neighbors tomorrow to post this as more photos are in our Journal.

    And by the way "Happy New Year".



    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

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    9th Year, the Stars, living under them…
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