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Old 06-20-2014, 07:04 AM   #1666
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So you are still out there! I almost feel like I know you. Your first post on this thread was november 2006. Glad it is still going.
Yes! we are still out there... How can we stop now? The Lifestyle is engrained.

Enjoy the book if you have a chance to read it...

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Old 06-21-2014, 05:37 PM   #1667
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Hi Ara and Spirit
Got the book and can't put it down. Enjoy colorful Colorado and safe travels to you and give spirit a hug.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:23 PM   #1668
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Hi Ara and Spirit
Got the book and can't put it down. Enjoy colorful Colorado and safe travels to you and give spirit a hug.
Thank You. Glad you like it... hoping that was the reason you could not put it down!

Stay well, Ara and Spirit
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:12 AM   #1669
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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.

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8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book

www.beemerchef.smugmug.com The Photos
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:29 PM   #1670
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I'm not that far from you. I'm in Gunnison, Co having my own adventure. Beautiful country out here!
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:02 PM   #1671
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Hi from Salida! I opted not to flip you off as you cruised past through town.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #1672
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Hi from Salida! I opted not to flip you off as you cruised past through town.
I like Salida. Went through it twice. I like the little cottages in the Historical section! and the bicycle shop...

Will be riding Marshal Pass probably tomorrow. We are camped not too far from there.





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.

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8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #1673
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I like Salida. Went through it twice. I like the little cottages in the Historical section! and the bicycle shop...
My house was built in 1904. The secret is that almost every house, except the big Victorians, started out as a little 1-2 room cottage. I think there's a fourth bicycle shop opening soon, in a town of 5k.


Glad you like the neighborhood. I can make the top of Marshall pass in under 40 minutes. We never plan on leaving.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:47 AM   #1674
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My house was built in 1904. The secret is that almost every house, except the big Victorians, started out as a little 1-2 room cottage. I think there's a fourth bicycle shop opening soon, in a town of 5k.


Glad you like the neighborhood. I can make the top of Marshall pass in under 40 minutes. We never plan on leaving.
Why would you leave! I am sure you have taken the roads passed Marshall Pass, right after the summit on the R. That is where we camped and got lost so many times...
I figured those little homes started as cottages...
Enjoy! The heat is coming on though.

PS: when I have a better connection I made a video going up MP!




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.

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8th Year, the Stars, living under them…

www.theoasisofmysoul.com The Journal and Book "Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash"
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:42 PM   #1675
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Your photos are amazing !!
I just ordered your book as I'm very anxious to read it.I wanted to save it for Winter, but can't wait.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #1676
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Your photos are amazing !!
I just ordered your book as I'm very anxious to read it.I wanted to save it for Winter, but can't wait.
Thank You... You can read it twice!!!




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.

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

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Old 08-05-2014, 08:14 PM   #1677
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awesome job on book and journal. keep it up.
Spirit is getting better looking all the time. ! what do you feed him?

how many miles you figure you 2 have put on together?
more pics please.

thanks

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Old 08-06-2014, 04:41 PM   #1678
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awesome job on book and journal. keep it up.
Spirit is getting better looking all the time. ! what do you feed him?

how many miles you figure you 2 have put on together?
more pics please.

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Thank You! Spirit is strictly on Canidae Dog food. Great stuff...

Hope that being 10 he gives me a few more good years.

Probably around 300,000 miles... and still going.

Stay well... Ara and Spirit
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:57 PM   #1679
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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.

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Old 08-14-2014, 07:39 PM   #1680
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Thanks for the updates and the new pics of the Gravelly Range Road .That was on my list when I went to Glacier park but never made it that way :(
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Guess I have to go back now. Thanks alot!

You live the life we all wish we could.

Thanks for sharing it!

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