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    One Year later, back in Ennis. MT.

    I know always where we will ÔÇ£feel goodÔÇØ, mentally, physically, spaces when all the senses decide to co-habitate in Peace, resulting with a deep harmony between Mother Nature and myself... and Spirit. The area around Ennis, Montana, is one of them. It is one space photography can truly outdo words chained as an endless link. We have arrived and we are staying. Good Friends and good food also makes the huge difference, this is before we adventure ourselves on Gravelly Range Rd, the one I called last year ÔÇ£the road to nowhereÔÇØ. Teri and Ron have been pure entertainment, I keep thinking only the camera for a reality show is missing. One has to be here in the middle of it all to understand. Not much else going on, just much relaxing, a bit of riding, dodging the heavy winds, some rain coming and going, cold and steamy hot in constant flip. It is nice to be settled a bit and catch a breath, catch up with past e mails, all that good stuff.
    Till next time, be well. Always.

    Ara & Spirit

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    Hanging out in and around Ennis. MT

    I see many motorcycles in the area, none of them stop here, none of them adventure themselves on Gravelly Range Rd. For many it is a road to discover, maybe intimidated by the vast space which I call no man's land. One might see a Rancher going by bringing provisions to the few sheepherders spending their summer up the crest, a tourist or two in their urban SUV cautiously with a forced smile slowly crawling down the path, that is about all. We end up keeping camp in Ennis riding day trips as after a conversation with a Ranger and a Bear Proof canister not being in my inventory we came to the conclusion it would be a wiser choice. The sightings of Grizzlies are on the increase I was told, of course, they have started a relocation plan. The logic of it all.
    I feel time closing in on me, time to drop south and interrupt the wandering for a different kind of Journey. It is going to be the strangest days being without Spirit, another challenge ahead. One day at the time.Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    How to live off a hack... WY

    We are back in Lander, WY, and as usual it seems as time has flown by as so soon it will be on to Denver to catch a flight to Munich, Germany, for a couple well deserved weeks with my Mother. I am so much looking forward to it, even if Spirit will stay behind. He will be in good hands, very good hands, I have no worries, only know we will miss each other tremendously. I have posted an entry on one more ride floating the Gravelly Range Rd, one of my favorite of all time, the road to ÔÇ£no man's landÔÇØ as I call it. I have also had many requests on how we pack, what do we pack and this was the opportunity to document all 16 storages spaces I have. All is highly organized, everything always in the same place and it often turns out to be a fun game trying to come up with a better system. It is such a simple Life with some spice always being added being at the mercy of Mother Nature. One reason for everything to be of the best quality, not necessarily the most expensive. I know this entry could also be adapted for campers, RV's, and then again, all might not fit into a vehicle!
    Hope this brings some insight into everyone loving to spend some time outdoor and please feel free with questions if more details are needed for some of the products.
    Be well...
    Always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    South Pass City, Wyoming.

    The diversity of wealth throughout this country is an amazing feast. I am asked at times ÔÇ£what will you do when you are done...ÔÇØ. Done? I will not have the luxury I think to live a few lifetimes, being done exploring, adventuring, discovering and feeling those millions of square miles we live on will never be an option. We never earlier had much of a chance to explore around Lander, WY, due mainly to weather, being here too early or too late. Here now for a few days preparing to fly away to Germany, the opportunity has presented itself to scout the area. What a Treasure it is, so much so it is giving me the thought of coming back next year and spending a few months to discover all those unpaved roads going as I like to call them ÔÇ£to nowhereÔÇØ. South City however was not ÔÇ£nowhereÔÇØ. It contains a rich History of a Mining Town, today a small community of hardcore residents with neighboring ÔÇ£Atlantic CityÔÇØ. A space from the past into the present, one day, one afternoon was not enough to feel it all, and yet enough to give me a taste it. The day was perfect with clouds enhancing the background, dogs are allowed on a leash, what else could I ask for! Enjoy and hope you also experience it all soon.
    Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    From Atlantic City to... WY

    The new found treasures I call ÔÇ£empty spacesÔÇØ do not stop coming our way, specially when given tips by Friends living locally. We have been based in Lander, WY, these past days, I witness riders zooming through the area never realizing such local diversity is present if they only looked. But, lured by Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the nice and slow and at times dangerous traffic and crazy drivers, on they go. ÔÇ£Miles of nothingÔÇØ is a little 30 seconds video I did and posted, it is my best likable reality these days, a dosage I can never get enough considering the spaces I am going in shortly, riding not ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ, but planes to Munich, Germany, for a couple weeks to see my Mother. I know most's attention span on these pages or for that matter the Journal's pages, is short. I have had dozens of inquiries as to what is wrong with Spirit! NOTHING... he is not sick, he is not missing any limbs, he is alive, NOTHING WRONG... he is just not flying with me... I appreciate the concerns, this is just one of those things I have to do. I am still working on a video from the Gravellies, a couple more, for some reason You Tube keeps cutting off the Music about 2/3rd's into it, a bit frustrating considering I not often have a fast connection. They will be up as soon as they correct the problem... In the meantime, enjoy Atlantic City, Hudson-Atlantic City Rd and a modern Ghost Town called ÔÇ£JeffreyÔÇØ...
    Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    Displaced in Munich?

    I am often left speechless being here. Overwhelming. For one, ÔÇ£EuropeÔÇØ has changed a lot since the last time here. My ÔÇ£MotherÔÇØ has also as at 83 how can one not. It is daily anxiety attacks without my Buddy Spirit, it is... it is... My visit here is not of the role of being a ÔÇ£touristÔÇØ, some day maybe we will come back again for that purpose. This stay here is to catch up with my Mother and all that ÔÇ£stuffÔÇØ that goes along when one gets ÔÇ£oldÔÇØ. Putting things in order as she calls it. I say ÔÇ£weÔÇØ if we come back, because it will be with Spirit and ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ. I will find a way, everything is doable, that is if the price of fuel does not break us quickly and painfully. The weather has now turned into a gray cast which will remain for a few days. I had some hope for some lakes sightseeing and yet my Mother only able to go out for 3 to 5 hours a day makes it all very difficult. Besides it all, so many realizations as how nice we have it made in the USA... trust me on that one!
    Thanks for the e mails, the comments, the kind words send, you are all contributing to my sanity! Almost forgot... no one will ever go hungry here!!!
    Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    Displaced in Munich?

    I am often left speechless being here. Overwhelming. For one, ÔÇ£EuropeÔÇØ has changed a lot since the last time here. My ÔÇ£MotherÔÇØ has also as at 83 how can one not. It is daily anxiety attacks without my Buddy Spirit, it is... it is... My visit here is not of the role of being a ÔÇ£touristÔÇØ, some day maybe we will come back again for that purpose. This stay here is to catch up with my Mother and all that ÔÇ£stuffÔÇØ that goes along when one gets ÔÇ£oldÔÇØ. Putting things in order as she calls it. I say ÔÇ£weÔÇØ if we come back, because it will be with Spirit and ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ. I will find a way, everything is doable, that is if the price of fuel does not break us quickly and painfully. The weather has now turned into a gray cast which will remain for a few days. I had some hope for some lakes sightseeing and yet my Mother only able to go out for 3 to 5 hours a day makes it all very difficult. Besides it all, so many realizations as how nice we have it made in the USA... trust me on that one!
    Thanks for the e mails, the comments, the kind words send, you are all contributing to my sanity! Almost forgot... no one will ever go hungry here!!!
    Be well...
    Ara & Spirit
    Ara

    Go visit Bad Kissingen-nice quite town a Kurstadt. Take some time for yourself. Nice walks, spas, food and music.

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    Go visit Bad Kissingen-nice quite town a Kurstadt. Take some time for yourself. Nice walks, spas, food and music.

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    There was no time... next visit when Old Faithful and Spirit goes also!





    Walk, eat, sleep, eat, talk, eat, repeat... Munich.

    From Denver today, however the Journal is from Munich, in it the last photos of the ÔÇ£other worldÔÇØ, another one as so many exists, the one I was present into it for a couple of weeks. One that will give me many thoughts for weeks to come. I always want to say ÔÇ£weÔÇØ, but Spirit is still 375 miles away. One day before leaving I came down with what I now call ÔÇ£The German FluÔÇØ, one as never experienced before, sledge hammer on the head would be minimal compared, so much so the Dr prescribed 3000mg Amoxecillin per day. I don't think I was ever prescribed such dosage. The return flight (s) were totally the opposite of going over, unpleasant, the main flight being a 777, some massive airbus that left me speechless. My thoughts are a bit scrambled today, not surprised being ill from riding and breathing this same recirculated
    air hundreds other were also breathing. This was just not a healthy way to travel. All is behind, I can only look forward to seeing my Buddy soon I hope, hopefully tomorrow.
    Back to sleep now!!! Fortunate to have such good Friends throughout the country to shelter us/me when in such a need.

    Be well....

    Ara, to be back very soon with Spirit.

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    How to live off a hack... WY

    We are back in Lander, WY, and as usual it seems as time has flown by as so soon it will be on to Denver to catch a flight to Munich, Germany, for a couple well deserved weeks with my Mother. I am so much looking forward to it, even if Spirit will stay behind. He will be in good hands, very good hands, I have no worries, only know we will miss each other tremendously. I have posted an entry on one more ride floating the Gravelly Range Rd, one of my favorite of all time, the road to ÔÇ£no man's landÔÇØ as I call it. I have also had many requests on how we pack, what do we pack and this was the opportunity to document all 16 storages spaces I have. All is highly organized, everything always in the same place and it often turns out to be a fun game trying to come up with a better system. It is such a simple Life with some spice always being added being at the mercy of Mother Nature. One reason for everything to be of the best quality, not necessarily the most expensive. I know this entry could also be adapted for campers, RV's, and then again, all might not fit into a vehicle!
    Hope this brings some insight into everyone loving to spend some time outdoor and please feel free with questions if more details are needed for some of the products.
    Be well...
    Always.
    Ara & Spirit
    You know Spirit sort of looks pissed in this picture!

    Welcome home.

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    Yes, that is the demanding look! The give me "now" look... OK, so I give in!!!

    This below is the "I am important" look... What a Life I have to lead... not easy.



    We are ÔÇ£ONEÔÇØ again... Wyoming

    I can only wish for everyone to have a set of such brown eyes resting on them with such mutual content. I am not going to hide the fact that this separation was difficult. They talk about Dogs having separation anxiety? Humans do too, big time in my case. We have been together 24/7, a right shoe with a left shoe at all time. It is the eternal compromise situations arising when solutions have a price to pay. The good and the bad, as sometimes it carries on. Besides it all, now a flu caught who knows where, a bit tired, Spirit looking at me wondering why this voice has changed, and headed southbound, all is well. We got the food poisoning and the flu out of the way. We even set aside a whole day of photography without a card in the camera. What more can I do? I truly think it was a plot from Spirit to have some of his past photos in the Journal instead. It worked. He deserves to have them present. We are slowly headed south, dodging the Wyoming winds that could rip my head off if I let it, trying to stay ahead of the colder weather which is making it's appearance lately. I feel as summer is going into hiding, but truly these few days ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ has been calling, I can smell that pecan wood burning already and those magnificent sunsets and sunrises, much camping this winter in the vicinities including remote areas of Big Bend National and State Park, writing a Book.
    Well, enjoy Spirit's few photos from the past, they have great memories.
    Be well, always. Glad to be back and ÔÇ£thank youÔÇØ for the welcome backs.

    Ara & Spirit

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    ...the colder weather which is making its appearance lately...
    Yes, fall is definitely here.

    I'm sure that many of us here are happy for you to be re-united with Spririt, and your friends, in one of your favourite areas.
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    An Oasis sunset waiting for you:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    An Oasis sunset waiting for you:



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    Wow... speechless!!! Serpia is it?... That needs to be printed! You know where...





    Behind Closed Doors... Las Vegas ~ New Mexico [Jasmine Rice with Feta and Vegetables]

    I always wanted to visit ÔÇ£the otherÔÇØ Las Vegas as we did a day or two ago. I loose track already. Maybe we should have stayed for the Celebration, their 175th Year, but I don't do well with crowds in general. We arrived in a downpour as I have rarely seen and experienced. A KOA was kind enough to take us in and overlook the fact that Spirit is a Pit. He is now a Poodle... it is official. No problem with their Insurance. Tonight we are in Carlsbad where the temperature reached 90 and the humidity 1000%. I think this was the first time we have been hot, will see how all is as we arrive at ÔÇ£The OasisÔÇØ early next week. There seem to be time and yet I am scrambling a bit to order the ten prints which will be on display at the Pan Terra Gallery in Bisbee on October 23rd. If all goes well it will be a permanent exposition. I could then look into maybe other Galleries having had a precedent also such as in Alpine with ÔÇ£Kiowa GalleryÔÇØ where the prints sold well even if unfortunately the owner's ethics were not up to par. So tomorrow are the Caverns as I think I photographed a couple years ago. I am really looking forward to it, I am even going to use a tripod for a change even if I feel they are a royal pain to use...
    Enjoy ÔÇ£Las VegasÔÇØ and some thoughts I have had these past days... again.
    Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    Ara and Spirit's account has expired here...
    I know how hard it is to keep up while on the road and one needs to be a current member of BMW MOA to post here. He said he has just renewed the account and will be able to post next week. In the meantime he did post an entry in his Journal "The Oasis of my Soul" with photos of the Carlsbad Caverns...

    Speed Safe,
    KCDakar

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    Having no clue my "membership" had expired... the Forum has been locked to me. I truly have mixed feelings about the "membership" being a MUST to post on this Forum... I don't know what to think! Maybe I was having "withdrawal" symptoms!!!
    Anyhow...

    Be Safe and well
    Peace, Love, Courage

    Ara & Spirit
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