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    Flavors and Healings from this ÔÇ£SpaceÔÇØ. TX

    Musical winds lately in Terlingua. Not even much time to ride. Amazingly this little town is buzzing non stop. What a change from 5 years ago when we first set foot [wheel?] in this space. From Classical to a Play to all gathered at The Porch or at The Farmer's Market and everything else in between including a huge off road bicycle gathering in Lajitas. I took it all in, we keep the riding for during the week now and even then such incredible talent is popping in from Austin, Dallas and further. Mild winter being, everyone is happy, smiling and feeling good. It is a ÔÇ£win winÔÇØ situation being here within these times. I caught some on videos, some in Photos, the videos will be around as long as we have such as now a good Internet connection. As we leave here mid April the rendering of them will be much harder and not as frequent. So I take advantage of it right now enjoying myself watching over and over some that have really moved me.
    Till next time, enjoy.


    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them

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    Unstoppable, TX

    Amazing fact, nothing much going on, not taking roots yet not moving on. Scratching the door to get out with a resemblance of wanting so, yet, not quite ready. Busy days however with Spirit having had some leg surgery which by now has almost healed since he is again his old ÔÇ£clownÔÇØ portraying himself, some windy days transforming this stage into one as being from another planet including grinding sand in my teeth, some more Music as the Terlingua season is in full bloom, some riding on ÔÇ£Old MarathonÔÇØ road and all and all the week has flown by almost overlapping into another month coming up. I am wondering if it is true that with age time goes by faster than ever as it has these past weeks. I feel as belonging to a dear community surrounding us, at the same time enjoying the peacefulness, serenity and silence of ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ which has only a sundial throughout the days mixed in with some long walks with Spirit, some cooking, staying in touch with Friends. My gear review this time around is about my ÔÇ£One~PanÔÇØ recipes trying to explain what they are all about with the hope they will help others in their Home or while camping. I find them interesting ÔÇ£templatesÔÇØ. I think next time will be my kitchen gear.
    Photos and videos [while they last] on the Journal, as always.


    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them

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    Escaping Big Bend Park! TX

    What is really in a Title? Not much when a week goes on with so many activities. So much so that an escape to Big Bend Park became a must only to feel invaded by the mega Tourists and escape within such little time spend. Spring Break is around the corner, I should know better, will have to be patient for another 10 days or so. Yet in Terlingua, surrounded by familiar faces, the Music goes on. This time around was a Classical Music Quartet with an unusual and very funny opening monologue and a contemporary piece ending the encore. It is that time however to as I call it ÔÇ£tighten upÔÇØ and organize some order so we can leave sooner than later. Little details while Internet is present in profusion, moving hundreds of Gigabytes of footage of videos and photos from one space to another, catching up on some e mails, maintenance, once a year the list goes on and on and seems to be greater than the year before as much as I try to keep all so simple. It is a bit like an invasion wondering where all this ÔÇ£stuffÔÇØ and ÔÇ£choresÔÇØ came from! There is no escape.
    Enjoy the videos, there are a few.

    Be well, always.



    Ara and Spirit

    7th Year, the Stars, living under them



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    ÔÇ£Live LifeÔÇØ or ÔÇ£Social MediaÔÇØ? TX

    Some might find my writing being at times controversial, it is not it's purpose or object to be as such. Sometimes thoughts have a tendency to crawl in and agitate a present situation as it happened not so long ago. I only know about these two sides of a wall when loosing touch with Friends too busy trying to gain a spot so seeked by too many within this saturated arena of the ÔÇ£Social Media SaloonÔÇØ for a ÔÇ£throneÔÇØ of an unfounded importance so superficial it made me wonder why?
    I still don't know about those ÔÇ£why'sÔÇØ! Why give up one's own Life, the riding it could be, the hiking or for that matter any other self indulged activity to instead ÔÇ£do itÔÇØ to only bring on the advertising as such of a ÔÇ£look at meÔÇØ syndrome.
    The ÔÇ£screen warriorsÔÇØ are of so many, at one point they will and do loose touch with themselves only caring for that seat so seeked perched up there in the middle of nowhere having lost the true feel of a ground, of an Earth bouncing back so intimate it's own feelings.
    Just some thoughts, nothing else.
    The ÔÇ£balanceÔÇØ of it all I find as the daily key for a smooth path mapped with much self awareness. Sometimes it is hard as the turmoil of the fonts can too easily absorb one's mind versus just ÔÇ£being out thereÔÇØ for one's self with much growth and true feelings slowly imprinting the present mind.

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them

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    The Faith of a wounded Warrior [Fiction]

    How did some fiction made it's way into this Journal? How did writing in a previous chapter entailed my thoughts about cuddling?
    Many aspects of this Luxurious Life make their ways into words I feel freely expressing. Maybe they have no convergence of parallel with riding or other aspects of what many might think, yet, they do. Time, ÔÇ£thatÔÇØ luxury, that one, makes the mind run into so many different directions while riding, camping, cooking, playing with Spirit, spending time with true Friends, attending some Music played so freely never too far, watching the skies painted by Mother Nature throughout Sunrises and Sunsets, calendar and clock having vanished long time ago, all conductive for such thoughts.
    It is Life to the fullest. They are the inner thoughts taking place as maybe I do not have room for a dry ÔÇ£ride reportÔÇØ not being too concerned how many miles and hours we have ridden, what time we last ate.
    Sometimes it is a question asked by a Friend such as ÔÇ£Don't you miss cuddling?ÔÇØ, or maybe it is the heat of this Desert which made me think about a short fictional story. Then again, is it truly all fiction?

    Be well, always.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them

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    One more ?Star? is shining. Munich. Germany

    I will be here in Munich for another couple weeks. Life is indeed a ride, sometimes as now absent of words I can barely pronounce. It only takes one phone call when part of a Family as ours scattered around the World. Last Monday was of a somber one my Mother having had a stroke and a heart attack. Yesterday, on the 12th of April, in Peace, in Dignity, with no pain and long good byes I can now watch for another Star in the skies.
    Not much else to share within these times besides some thoughts which I always continue writing for myself and now to share with my Friends.

    You stay well, an extra hug for your Family today, don't ever let the present escape you.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    What to say?

    The inevitable happens as we all so well know.I heard this short story the other day. They were the thoughts of a departed one. "I was happy before I was born within that space none of us remember. My Mother then on gave me Birth and I lived daily going through the Chapters of this Life and it's endless lessons, it's peaks and valleys and all in between. I am gone now, again, having done my time, happy to have rejoined my previous space and my loved ones awaiting for me in the meantime". It is a good sensible story, no harm believing it. It helps me thinking and feeling that now my Mother has passed on back to where she came from. Most likely with Lance, my Grand Parents and a myriad of ancestors brightening up the stars at night watching down as I myself still turning the pages of these interminable lessons.
    I am still in Munich for a couple more days dealing with a bureaucracy that has the script of a deepest nightmare one can imagine filled with frustration trying to obtain some legal and official documents. Will they ever let her rest in Peace?
    Spirit is well taken care of in Texas. I will be moving him soon to Colorado Springs where more Friends will take care of him while I need to fly back and put an end to this chapter.
    The weekdays are filled with appointments meaning a calendar and a watch. The weekends Museums to keep my mind occupied. BMW and Rolls Royce Museum, The Deutsches Museum. I did post many photos throughout these past couple Journal entries.
    Thank You all for your kind thoughts and well articulated words I have been receiving.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    ?Happy Mother's Day?. Tucson. AZ



    The Journey runs it's course. The path is often a smooth trail, the colors bright, Mother Nature our guide from shore to shore, from the valleys to the peaks with the barren Deserts in between, anything and everything one could wish when filled with a luxury acquired over time called ?freedom?. Yet, as the fabric of Life dictates, such ?freedom? is sometimes only a pigment of our imagination when facing another path filled with obstacles we must surmount, the path of ?grieving?. A not so foreign one for many, one we must adapt for the times to come if we ourselves want to survive it's consequences. It is ?Mother's Day? today and ironically on the same date a month ago I was saying my good byes to my own Mother at this very time when her own path decided to end, that is physically as I know and believe strongly her ?Spirit? will always continue on tucked in with us on this Journey for as long as myself will be allowed to do so. With Friends in Tucson today, on our way to Colorado Springs to fly back to Munich one more time for two weeks, this is where we are in the midst of a beautiful backyard filled with the colorful in bloom flowers one needs today. Moments are still mixed up, words are not lining up as they use to, my strength comes and goes, questions with no replies arise helplessly, the logic of it all has been set aside. It will not be till early June for the shade of the boulders I seek. In the meantime, one moment at the time with small and short tentative steps we move forward as we must.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    Turning Gears in and out of Munich. Again.

    I suddenly feel as an International Traveler being back in Munich, I also feel as half of me has stayed behind as one more time Spirit and I are separated for what was going to be 2 weeks, now turning into 3 weeks.
    It is a halt in the Journey, and yet maybe not as a Journey is the Teacher and I am learning much here from lessons thrown at me without any compassion for the departed through this ongoing Bureaucratic nightmare.
    I feel more as I am buying a used car or a house or anything else for that matter. ?Human Being?, ?Mother?, none of those words appear throughout the daily demands.
    Karma has however also placed some incredible new Friends on my path [Friends with many other Friends in common] who invited me to their Home over the last weekend, the right prescription to lighten up the mind and Soul. Today is the last day in this apartment which I will be giving up tomorrow and on invited again at my new Friends Home for the last week here till I return on the 8ht.
    I have given up on the wait, on the daily hope, on the notion of bringing my Mother back with me. All hinged on ?one? piece of paper. If it happens next week, it will be well, if not, I will need to come back one more time yet only when ?ready?.
    Such is Life, such is also After Life. Strange World sometimes I feel we live in.
    Till next time...

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them

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    ?Wasatch~Cache National Forest? [Utah]

    The open roads once again welcome us lining the path toward those steps, the ones of grieving I will one by one climb surely as I have before. Two months has gone by which only feels as it has been as a blink of an eye. The fog of these past weeks is slowly rising to make way of a canvas ?Mother Nature? and deserted roads are generous with for the tired mind and soul. Spirit is back by my side with now his bell on, a sound so sweet as he is himself. We are headed North, from Colorado to Utah and now in Idaho towards Portland where ?Crusty? will be fitted with some new shocks much needed for off road riding in a bit of a smoother fashion. The Mountains at elevations above Bear Lake are a new find for us criss crossed by miles and miles of unpaved roads and welcoming camp spaces free for the taking. Peaceful, silent, everything we missed these past weeks is now again here adapting toward such an unexpected turn of events. ?Adapting? being the key word as everything else in Life seemingly is. Much sleep, riding, cooking, seems all is on the menu for these present days.
    More on the Journal.


    Till next time...

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    Bruneau Dunes, Idaho.

    The Journey is taking on some certain steps of continuity since I have been back, all at the same time dealing with an emptiness Mother Nature is offering to fill. Some days it works, some days not. The time spend at Bruneau Dunes I must say have been favorable to the senses with their vastness both on land and in the skies while being treated to storms and wind and rains. My favorite components. There was no choice but camping in the State Park, it was a quiet one and showers are always welcome as were the friendly faces of the locals. It is all around a vast network of unpaved roads as I call them ?to nowhere?. The more ?nowheres?, the better. It feels good to be out, breath the fresh air and just contemplate this World of ours go by forever now slowly without too much of a spin. A quick detour then on to ?Priest River? camping and fishing with some good Friends and soon on back Eastward, most likely going for the ?Stanley? area, trying to find an out of the way space for the Fourth of July, a time of the year always very populated.
    More on the Journal...


    Till next time...

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    From the ?Sawtooth Mountains?, Idaho

    Two weeks we have not been here! ?Sawtooth Mountains? and Internet do not mix very well even if I managed to paste a couple entries in our Journal. [can't help it, writing is my sound board]. There is ?magic? here, no, ?MAGIC?. A healing space comprising of probably millions of acres. I have not checked. Roads to the right and roads to the left, streams, rivers, ponds and I have started again fishing meaning catching my dinner. How long will we be here? Who knows as I cannot think that far ahead as these peaks and these valley luscious and green mixed with yet standing strong snow caps, all keeps me in this present so needed after these couple of months within the ?Urban Jungle?. Spirit is also recuperating from our separation, our bonding is at new heights and his a bit nervousness of me leaving one more time is slowly vanishing. Poor guy! The weather is splendid, the night are literally cold, all is a big welcome from the past times spend in the South.
    Enjoy the Photos...


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    7ht Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    ?You can't fix stupid?... [Bozeman, Montana]

    So I guess the thoughts as such a title for an entry have been brewing for a while. Camping in much deserted spaces to only then on mix in with the flow of others while moving on to point X brings on the details of a flow encountered with much concerns sometimes!

    It is the balance of Life. Same with the ?healthy and unhealthy?, ?rich and poor? and on and on.
    So we made it to the Bozeman area where we are running errands for a few days, taking a break as it was with much regret we left Idaho where we will stop again when on our way south. The smoke was a little too dense for us and so was the temperatures.

    The next leg will be toward the "Glacier? area, I am curious about finding this little town north of it which runs on a generator and has this great Bakery.
    All else is well, August is our hardest month on the road due to heat and the critters visiting us at alarming rates sometimes. I can however feel already the fall at night time. It won't be long.

    Enjoy the past couple entries and finally a video, some photos also.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    7th Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    Network Connection unavailable.... Glacier, MT.

    We are slowly falling into what I use to call ?into the groove?. Of course looking at Spirit I realize he is always ?into the groove?. He is my mentor as bizarre and odd it might sound to many, except I hope the many with a Dog as their Buddy. Feel closely. He is always the perfect definition of ?living into the moment?. Not an easy task sometimes as complex and difficult the Human Mind can be, is.


    The Glacier is always welcoming. A bit crowded for our taste as it is a task to always find those out of the way ?forest service roads? where the true beauty of this ?Giant? lays.
    A couple days of rain. Some welcomed cool nights and early morning and unfortunately some mechanical excitement in the form of a wheel splitting as smiling back at me while saying ?hey, at least I did not let you crash on those twisties!?

    Yes, there are a few photos of it in the Journal, I bet no one has ever seen anything like it.


    No time wasted, it happened on Friday and by Monday noon, 180 miles or so away I picked up a new wheel with tire and tube mounted courtesy of Ural and quickly taken care off by Tom at ?Poet Motorcycles?, a good ?Old Fashion? Motorcycle shop, a rarity these days.


    So now as I felt ?unfinished? business in Glacier, where to go? Back or move on and leave the unseen and unfelt for the next time?

    We are on our way to ?Bighorn National Forest?, Wyoming, slowly descending back the States. We have never been there, I am intrigued.

    Will be back here soon, I have no doubt there will also not be much of a connection down there, a quite nice aspect I must say, always.


    Till next time.

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    7th Year, the Stars, living under them?

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    American Beauty: ?Bighorn Canyon?, WY/MT

    No mission here to cover all the gazillion States and affix that color cut out on a still white USA decal. No track of the miles for bragging rights, only a nose [as Spirit!] to encounter sometimes surprises as when planning to go up Bighorn Mountains yet instead making a left turn when the Desert sights of ?Bighorn Canyon? became a distinct destination for us. It is really that simple.

    And what a surprise with no crowds, no tourists [maybe a couple] and a deep canyon, the work of waters and erosion spanning millions of years.
    Sunrises in all colors unimaginable, Sunsets as such and sometimes menacing, roads worthy of any kind of motorcycles and for that matter wheeled vehicles, it has been an awakening on this Journey of forever, as long as I am allowed.

    As I write this after a week taking in the sights and the road, the Mountain is going to have to wait for another time. It is as an intermission for us with a long road ahead as we have to drop to ?The Oasis? for a couple of days via Salt Lake City... A personal matter that needs to be taking care off.

    So till next time, enjoy the ?Bighorn Canyon?

    Stay well.

    Ara and Spirit

    7th Year, the Stars, living under them?

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