To the Columbia River... OR/WA
To the Columbia RiverÔÇª WA/OR
A couple days by this river and on to some BLM land in OregonÔÇÖs High Deserts, south of HellÔÇÖs Canyon (???), near the town of Oxbow, which actually is right on the Idaho/Oregon border. I have stopped just wandering toward the next destination, sometimes not knowing where to stop is bringing up some unpleasant surprises, like hours of ÔÇ£findingÔÇØ that right spot! With all the information available on the Internet and Map software, there is no reason no to.
Pretty busy area here, busesÔÇª RVÔÇÖsÔÇª all sightseeing the falls, the hydro electric plants, the windsurfers, the Lewis and Clark trail which is everywhereÔÇª We joined them! Playing Tourist for a couple days, enjoyable and at the same time learning some facts about this area.
You can read all about the first part of our stay on the [URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]website[/URL]ÔÇª
EnjoyÔÇª and be wellÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
More of the Columbia River... WA/OR
More of the Columbia RiverÔÇª WA/OR
Once again we have been transported to the Desert. OregonÔÇÖs High Deserts, on the Snake River bordering Idaho, near the town of Oxbow. Once again this morning I am listening to the silence while sipping on my home roasted CoffeeÔÇª watching the sun slowly making its mark. I could not help being emotional as the landscape slowly changed yesterday. Yes, the bright greens are gone, the cool temperatures of the Olympic Peninsula have warmed up, but I now realize that the Desert is my element. This is where I feel at home.
TodayÔÇÖs Blog is the continuation of our loop by the Columbia River, a couple days ago, about 300 miles back. Beautiful water falls, wind surfer braving 30 to 40 mph winds as we also did!
[URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]Enjoy the pictures[/URL]ÔÇª and be well.
Ara & Spirit
Halfway, to Joseph and some thoughts... OR
Hi Incredulous!!!... Thanks....
Halfway, to Joseph and some thoughtsÔÇª OR
Camping here by the Snake river in such isolation and serenity seems to have brought up so many thoughts regarding life itself and the path that I am on. I write about it, they are personal thoughts, friends have asked me how can I expose them all so publicly, I do, there is nothing to hideÔÇª If anything they might help others dig deep into themselves and in turn communicate them with their own friends and loved one, maybe appreciate their own path a bit more and take the time to ÔÇ£smell the rosesÔÇØ! It brings up such a calm feeling when one can really stay in touch with themselves without the burden of the daily grindÔÇª something to try. It will only bring up the reality of it allÔÇª maybe help taking some decisions that might not have been otherwise!
The riding also continues here, such little traffic, such beautiful roads where the sights and the smells take over any other present senses.
Halfway is a great little townÔÇª all with some[URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"] pictures [/URL]hereÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
A Diamond in the rough... OR
They are some sun dried tomatoes that are not too dehydrated and they work well, they still have moisture in them... they are the best choice. Otherwise in oil... I don't like to rehydrate them in water... Mimi's... had dinner there tonight... honestly... he missed the boat... lunch and breakfast seems to be the height of his knowledge, it is "then" awesome food... I know he has not had any training, and tonight it showed...
Honestly... they are too many things that I would love to cook there... cannot go too upscale however... some folks would not go for it... too many to mention...
Everything that is here??? [url]www.personalchefara.com[/url] Most of it! Spirit... ah! I mainly cook for him... brown rice... boiled meat or chicken and throw in some frozen vegetables... and yes, sometimes I eat his food!!! He is funny with treats... I generally find him some organic biscuits... baked...
Thanks for asking....
Thanks Voni... and Paul!!!
I finally found the original Ford BroncoÔÇª
Diamond in the roughÔÇª OR
I always try to come up with a title that would be fittingÔÇª this one is! Seems like I just canÔÇÖt sit back in this areaÔÇª between going to Halfway to eat at MimiÔÇÖsÔÇª riding along the Snake RiverÔÇª Hells CanyonÔÇª an old friend in JosephÔÇª the FarmerÔÇÖs marketÔÇª an organic Peach OrchardÔÇª it just does not stop! Tomorrow was planned to be a totally, I call it, ÔÇ£veggieÔÇØ dayÔÇª you know, do nothing dayÔÇª but it is HOT again, unbearable during the day and it is time to move a few miles to some cooler tempsÔÇª Just a few miles!
In the meantime my front Ohlin shock has decided to sip oil againÔÇª might have to take a quick run to?ÔÇª Portland?ÔÇª Bend?ÔÇª Clarkston?ÔÇª to have it fixedÔÇª If anyone knows of an Ohlin service shop near byÔÇª please let me knowÔÇª
Enjoy the colors on the [URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]website[/URL]ÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
Life in the slow lane... OR
Life in the slow laneÔÇª OR
Waiting for tiresÔÇª they seem to vanish a bit faster by their end and so, staying localÔÇª Back to the Peach Orchard and getting healthier by the minute on this diet of fresh and delicious produce available around here. I almost feel like I am going to a cleansing of both the soul and the body! The temps are not letting down, they are calling for some clouds soon which will cool things off, in the meantime Spirit has a real hard time with the heatÔÇª and then he also has a real hard time with the cold! Life is rough for short hair dogs. Will need to find a good source for some warm coats for the winter coming up soon. Finally posting a few pictures from our visit to the Interpretive Oregon Trail Center where I learned a lot about the hardships of the PioneersÔÇª ÔÇ£roughÔÇØ does not begin to describe their own Journey.
All on todayÔÇÖs [URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]website[/URL]ÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
A bunch of old buildings... OR
A bunch of old buildingsÔÇª OR
More than $20 million dollars have come out of this town while busy with more than 1000 miners! We stopped downtownÔÇª on the dirt road where now silence was the only dividend of that fortune found years ago. Some buildings still stand with no one aroundÔÇª much to think about!
A summer recipe considering all the fresh produce I cannot get enough around hereÔÇª and that about does it [URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]for today[/URL]!
Some of the pictures have been processed with a new HDR software I have been tryingÔÇª time consuming. The jury is still outÔÇª what do you think?
Ara & Spirit
The road to Fish Lake... OR
The road to Fish LakeÔÇª Or
Finally tomorrow am my front shock should be off the bike in the hands of GP SuspensionÔÇª I am actually posting this from Oregon CityÔÇª where we are spending the night at TomÔÇÖs and SueÔÇÖs house, ÔÇ£Road RashÔÇØ on Adv Rider!ÔÇª a great time, including Spirit with his new girl friend SandyÔÇª he gets around doesnÔÇÖt he?
But todayÔÇÖs Blog is about our little excursion up to Fish LakeÔÇª at a bit above 6000 feet, one of the most serene, peaceful and beautiful area I have experienced yet.
We will be back to camp by tomorrow nightÔÇª in the meantime you can check out the pictures on the [URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"]website[/URL]ÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
To Portland and back... OR
To Portland and backÔÇª OR
Adventure Rider Forum has a great thread called ÔÇ£the tent spaceÔÇØ where whoever can offer shelter, a room, a bed, toolsÔÇª whatever they can for the passer by riding through if needed, does. I rarely use itÔÇª have in the past when broken down with great experiences ending up with great new friends. This was the case again a couple days ago when I needed to have my front Ohlin shock rebuilt by GP Suspension in Oregon CityÔÇª great guys by the wayÔÇª (seems that everything is ÔÇ£greatÔÇØ today!!!). We stayed with Tom and Sue (Road Rash and Tequila GirlÔÇª there has to be a story or two here!) making our outing so much more pleasant and easy. Thank you guysÔÇª and SandyÔÇª and Glenn (Geode) for having started this great thought on the Forum.
A quick 800 miles round trip through rain and cold and a head wind for a whileÔÇª it was all part of riding! At the endÔÇª a great sunset, Mother Nature had the palette out and was not sparing any colorsÔÇª
The whole story is[URL="http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com/"] here[/URL]ÔÇª
Ara & Spirit
The Kleinschmidt loop... OR
The Kleinschmidt GradeÔÇª OR
You try typing that one a few times!ÔÇª Great loop through Oxbow, Cuprum and Council, Cambridge and back here. Empty roads for the most parts, dirt and gravel but made for BuickÔÇª besides that heightÔÇª vertigo problem on the grade, it was another fine day. A big piece of banana cream pie that almost put me to sleep halfway back and some history of the areaÔÇª all on the website.
Be wellÔÇª Ara & Spirit