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    From Lake Powell to Valley of the Gods. Utah

    The real Utah is our stage again. I told myself that we will skip this State on our upcoming adventures for a couple years, it is now for that reason holding a special space in my heart. From a rough winter we have fallen into such complete perfect weather. The winds howling often are keeping the 80's nearing 90's tolerable, the red so familiar dust is again in our faces and being dragged around with each step taken. We spend a couple days around Lake Powell upon returning from Overland Expo. The forecast gave way for some nice shots of the Lake under different cloud formations, always more attractive than a clear blue sky. Just living out here in the Desert. Riding, cooking and also realizing that I never took care of my phone situation. Tomorrow we will ride to Farmington, and visit a Verizon store to get back on track as I should have never joined AT&T who has kicked me out from total roaming, meaning no cell service for the past few days. Some photos, my thoughts on our sense of freedom and a link of an interview video from Overland Expo.
    You be well... always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Crazy weather! Valley of the Gods. UT

    The day they flew the balloons, Sunday, was the last nice day I can remember. It has been winds with 70mph bursts, this morning snow and tonight down to the 20's. We have moved to Bluff to take shelter and let it all pass, that is if it ever does! I am not loosing hope, just feeling as being in this strange tunnel where Mother Nature reigns and upset for the time being, real upset. It was however great to see the familiar faces surrounding the Balloons, exchanging our Life thoughts from the past year that has gone by. It was like a marker, a small circle of time that had closed and opening up another one. The visits were brief. Many live far and I don't think they were very happy to be there for three days and only able to fly at the most a couple hours once. Maybe we left Texas too early I was thinking looking up at the forecast. A dash west maybe, but that is too far far now as we need to be back in Moab around mid May. Next week looks promising, Spirit and I will just rest up for the time being and enjoy this Life on the road we have embraced as we always have, dark or blue skies, either way. There is no schedule. I added another ÔÇ£one panÔÇØ cooking recipe to the Journal with a bit better explanation of the logistics of the scenario.
    Enjoy and be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    ÔÇ£HovenweepÔÇØ. Utah

    Amazing how much the ÔÇ£weatherÔÇØ can uplift the moral or send someone spiraling down after days of inactivity due to freezing cold and winds unable to confront. Reading some painful words written by my Friend Bill accentuated the spirits into a not so cheerful frame of mind these past couple days. Maybe this was the last page of it for a while as we are now back to more than perfect conditions, so doable to go riding again and explore the so many back roads I keep discovering in Utah even if we have been previously here numerous times. Such was the case onto ÔÇ£HovenweepÔÇØ where actually as a pleasant surprise for a National Park, Dogs are allowed on the 2 mile trail on a leash. The skies were so perfect with bursts of cotton like clouds, a nice cool breeze and the sight of the ancient ruins build right on the cliffs of the canyon, well, that was pretty unbelievable. Spirit is happy again to find his way around the bushes and be my shadow while hiking, stopping patiently for every picture taken when the camera rises, he is just so perfect of a companion, a nice person always. The locals are giving me some tips of more roads than we will probably have time to ride before heading up to Moab, they keep telling me they are ÔÇ£secretsÔÇØ, probably tomorrow will get onto some of them to discover more what I call ÔÇ£inlandÔÇØ spaces.
    Enjoy ÔÇ£HovenweepÔÇØ...Be well...
    Ara & Spirit

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    Muley Point, Moky Dugway... Utah

    The escapes, mental and physical, are here, right in this region where one does not even need to think or choose right or left, they only need to go where their Spirits take them. We do it just about every day discovering new roads, paved ones, unpaved ones of all shapes, sizes and conditions. It is a smorgasbord of avenues, an endless one as only needing to let Mother Time behind and acquire a pace to allow the senses to take it all in. I know again since we are moving on to Moab on Monday that we will leave behind some unridden roads. As usual, nothing new with that concept as it really does not matter. What matters are the moments spend on the ones we have experienced as some day, one day, I know we will come back and all again will be brand new as a never ending circle on this Journey we are on. Muley Point, Moky Dugway and all surrounding areas are like magic to me. The green and lush Mesa as suddenly as with a giant scoop all drops down into a real Desert. That is when looking at the big picture, an incredible one.
    Hoping you can relate and visit these spaces if you have not yet.
    Be well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    The ÔÇ£GoodnessÔÇØ of People. Utah

    Sorry, no photos of cheeseburgers or beer flowing or gas stations today. :-). In reality my thoughts did not have any photos. Only this unseen but oh! so much felt feeling emanating from others we have met I call ÔÇ£goodnessÔÇØ. The Journey, the Adventure, they have never only provided a physical enjoyment as truly believing in ÔÇ£mind over matterÔÇØ, as the moments, without a rest have been, by choice I must say, a never ending uphill climb as I seem to see and discern a bit more with each step of it's summit standing clear and free ahead of me. The spaces we have landed on, they all have had their rewards in more ways than one and so often I am always reminded of the positive exchanges I have with others when only being true with respect and understanding as maybe they themselves do not have as myself this freedom of thought and time I have chosen. It has been day after day while a bit at a stand still having to take care of some logistics, some good moments with others, strangers truly we will probably never see again but remember because of their kindness. This all have reminded me of sometimes hearing stories from others returning from their own Journey with enormous amounts of ÔÇ£complainsÔÇØ, specially when coming back from a Foreign Country. I listen, or read, often with a smile as I know invariably the problem ÔÇ£isÔÇØ the traveler's lack of respect or the belief that they are still in their own Hometown and all should go according to the daily life they are so used to. It just does not work that way. A couple stories...Be well... Always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    I love your posts and pics, Ara & Spirit! Thanks and keep them coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellysbeemer View Post
    I love your posts and pics, Ara & Spirit! Thanks and keep them coming.
    Kelly

    Thank you Kelly...




    Road trip... Moab. Ut

    Whirlwind... that is the only word that right now comes to mind. The weather? Well... we might have seen a few minutes of sunshine, heavy rains right now, photos are with an ÔÇ£all grayÔÇØ and ÔÇ£dullÔÇØ feeling. So we have ÔÇ£hang outÔÇØ as in the old days. Hang out in town and had the best Pizza within I would like to say a couple thousands of miles from a street vendor. We have met travelers riding the country, riding the world. We had dinner with Friends I had not seen in too many years back from my days in the Georgia Mountains. Spirit had a nice visit for his last yearly shot, we are all set now for Canada and Mexico when they present themselves. In other words we have been busy doing seemingly nothing! I forget the chatting part, the socializing which is never ending as in waves new faces appear and all ends up being a good time. Tau, Adam, Rodolfo, Irene and I forget already a few. We have been able however to get up to the land where the Desert Rocks Music Festival will take place in about 10 days. It is at the clearing stage. Will be camping permanently there for a couple of weeks starting Monday most likely, weather permitting. It can only get better from here...
    Be well, always.

    Ara & Spirit

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    The Arches, again, and a video from Bisbee. UT

    We are now camping out about 10 miles south of Moab, mid way up the Mountains and I myself have to look at the photos of the past couple of days to be reassured that once again this deluge of rain and winds will eventually stop as it has before. Maybe I should be a spotter for the Weather site as I sure have my share of keeping up with it. The two beautiful days past were however glorious and energizing. I could not help going back into the Arches National Park, well filled this time with traffic, trying to dodge the four wheelers on their way seemingly to the finish line of the day's NASCAR race. Honestly.
    The masterpieces stood there as they have been for centuries, their hues in constant change from a sky garnished with cotton ball clouds, all and all a setting so magical it never cease to amaze me, as often as we have been present. All is quiet here for now, the stages for the Festival are being set up, everyone is part of a Friendly Community we have been accepted in, specially Spirit who has some new cousins with whom he just does not stop to play with. Sometimes I so much wish we were three instead of two, but then the logistics totally change and the need of a bigger sidecar!!!
    Enjoy the Arches...
    Be well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Once again, I find myself catching up over a cuppa. Enjoying this little slice of life in a place I've enjoyed visiting.

    The balloon festival at VOG was a surprise. Who knew that in such a remote place, they'd launch balloons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian408 View Post
    Once again, I find myself catching up over a cuppa. Enjoying this little slice of life in a place I've enjoyed visiting.

    The balloon festival at VOG was a surprise. Who knew that in such a remote place, they'd launch balloons?
    I did!!! every year, the last weekend of April... Nice folks.
    Did you also know that NO DOGS are allowed at the BMW Nationals in the buildings, buildings where everything is taking place including the closing ceremonies... For once over ten years I had decided to go... I miss the days when Rallys where an outdoor event! And there was Spirit a few weeks ago with a VIP tag at Overland Expo! NO DOGS... Spirit is upset... and I will leave it at that!



    The Music is landing in Moab, Utah

    So busy lately as already camped out at the site of The Desert Rocks Music Festival. Devoting my time taking photographs of the set up as it is quite an undertaking from this group of welcoming volunteers. There is going to be some incredible Live Music for four nights, many here are Artists in many genres with their display of lights, musical montages all powered by roughly 8000 watts of solar panels. In the meantime we have not stopped hanging out in Moab (eating Pizza...) and taking advantage also of the good weather for some local rides. Even trying to render a video of us climbing Shaffer trail, this year not such a good road as all the dirt has washed away leaving rocks protruding and scraping ÔÇ£Old FaithfulÔÇØ. The next leg of the Journey has already made it's mark in my mind. California Lost Coast with the Sierras in between, Oregon, Washington and who knows, might push ourselves into Canada. Will try for the obscure roads, the ones less traveled were pitching a tent is free and hidden...
    Suggestions are very welcome...
    Not much else is going on, we are almost considered locals now!
    Enjoy...
    Be well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Busy week... Moab.UT

    This week is all about the Desert Rocks Music Festival. The many volunteers working almost around the clock, there is much courtersy and kindness in the air mixed in with personal artifacts, free minded spirits making a home here for the few remaining days.
    Busy photographing the complete event, a different experience with the camera from the usual landscape seen. Yet we took an afternoon ride toward Potash Rd where after a short hike up a hill, we found a plateau overlooking the Colorado River where Spirit and I quietly laid down taking it all in. We even took in an incredible sunset and the nights here right now with almost a full moon are a nightly gift for these present times. Utah is such an incredible State and as usual will be hard to leave next week when we head out toward Wyoming, California Coast and all in between. I managed to upload the video taken while going up Shaffer Trail, it is to this day my favorite one including the Music. Short and sweet (!!!) today, have to get some sleep...
    Enjoy and be well. It is after all your choice.
    Ara & Spirit

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    Remarkable ride and video

    Had to watch this twice, once for the scenery and trail, and the other to watch Spirit, who appeared to be reluctant to look over the canyon edge. It's cute how he keeps looking at Ara for confidence.

    Great video quality, too. I assume you shot it with your DSLR?

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimshaw View Post
    Had to watch this twice, once for the scenery and trail, and the other to watch Spirit, who appeared to be reluctant to look over the canyon edge. It's cute how he keeps looking at Ara for confidence.

    Great video quality, too. I assume you shot it with your DSLR?

    Jim

    Thanks! It is shot with a GoPro Wide HD. The setting was 170 degrees lens which is (in case you get one) "r4". They have a great waterproof enlosure and the protective lenses are very inexpensive.



    A Friendly foreign Space ÔÇ£Desert Rocks Music FestivalÔÇØ. Utah

    No sense denying it, we are exhausted. In a good way however after hours of Music, chatting with new Friends and much Photography as I cannot even begin to figure out how I am going to go through all the photos, only now downloaded on my laptop. We actually moved back to Moab a couple days ago as I could not take camping on site anymore. We went up to the Festival every day and returned to a quieter space. The land had turned into a Village with Music going on till in the morning hours and restarting at noon or so. It became tight as more people than expected showed up, no doubt all has been a success as it will probably move on next year on a larger piece of land. So we are ahead of the wave leaving the premises and today is going to be a lingering resting day as the coming ones will see us on to Wyoming and then on West as I have this fantasy and vision of us sitting on the beach of the ÔÇ£California Lost CoastÔÇØ as we did 3 years ago. We have not seen an Ocean in years, it will be the perfect setting as also going through the giant redwoods is always spectacular, specially in the early morning hours while the ground is steaming and the sun rays are trying to make their way in through the dense vegetation. I remember.
    Have a great day and eventually all the Festival Photos will be in multiple Galleries.
    Be well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    More Photos of the ÔÇ£Desert Rocks Music FestivalÔÇØ. Moab. Utah

    A few days have gone by, the scales seems to be balancing out themselves, almost done going through all the photos as there will be a third round. Just cannot leave the good ones out. Ready to head out to Lander, WY, in the morning, a route we already have done. We will probably get there in a couple of days as heading west from there has me really excited. I feel as we have not traveled lately and come to think of it, we really have not. From Texas it was Overland Expo, now the Festival and the coast is clear till early September when I will be flying to Munich, Germany, for an overdue visit to my Mother. For the first time Spirit will stay behind at my Friend's house, Friends I trust with my Life as the thought of a kennel just truly horrifies me. Mid 90's have made their way here in Moab, it is time to go on and find some cooler temperatures and cooler adventures! Oil has been changed, one more tire (again!) to change and hopefully as she has reached 227K, Old Faithful will takes us around with no hick ups. It is dinner time, our last night in Moab. I think these will be the best times of the year.
    Be well... always.
    Ara & Spirit

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    A ride to Thermopolis. WY

    I so often feel like the launch of the Space Shuttle. Waiting for a package to arrive in Lander, WY, and now waiting for the rain to pass by. Of course no schedule and yet summer is for me as the precious time of the year with longer days and mild (sometimes!) temperatures. I keep thinking we will head on West tomorrow and so we took advantage yesterday to explore, skim the surface, en route to Thermopolis through Wind River Canyon, a beautiful ride, so much so I could not stop for photos and for that matter lost the light on the way back. Beautiful campsites along the river, peaceful and serene State Park in Thermopolis, a couple Bisons to glance at, the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum, sulfur smell in the air, tourists to stare at... all the ingredients for a great day.
    Managed to post a final entry with the remainder of the Music Festival photos, left is cleaning the dust off the cameras as the windy conditions where not the best as I actually decided the cameras will stay in the case in such instances, no sense destroying what there is feeling so fortunate with such equipment. The visit with my Friends Mia and KC here continues, food, conversations, even Spirit likes being in their house, he is not used to so much carpeting and actually sometimes does not quite know what to do. They will be his foster parents the first two weeks in September when I fly by myself to Munich visiting my Mother. It is going to be rough for the both of us.
    Enjoy the photos...Be well, always.
    Ara & Spirit

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