An Oasis in the Texas desert

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Somewhere out west, and way down south I get to cross paths, intentionally, with a new friend. Well, two friends actually. A man and a dog.
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I’ve been following this wonderful blog for a while and reached out one day a while back to introduce myself and tell the blogger how much I enjoyed his words, recipes and gorgeous sunset photos. Ara publishes a blog and some of the most incredibly beautiful sky photos I have ever seen. He is a chef and foodie, and has been travelling the country for the past 7 (or more?) years on a BMW with a sidecar. He has been accompanied by his friend, a rescued a Pitbull named Spirit, who rides shotgun in said sidecar.
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A couple of weeks ago when my travel plans started to become more clear and I knew I would be relatively close to his part of the world, I asked Ara if it would be okay with him and Spirit if I stopped by. He graciously said it would. It’s late in the day when we arrive, much later than I had hoped. Ara invites us to stay, provides us a wonderful home-cooked meal and shelter, and shares some stories from the road with us. It’s food for the body and for the soul.
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Brian and I appreciate his incredible generosity and really enjoy his company. He suggests some good roads to ride before we break camp the next morning. And with a wave, he and Spirit are off again, and so are we.
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He inspires me. He makes me laugh. Ara that is. And Spirit raises my spirits. No that they need it. I’m just a dog junkie at heart, and he gives me a good dose of some puppy love, which always makes me happy. Pitbulls get a bad rap, and I hope people start to realize that and take more responsibility for their handling and training of these special dogs. They deserve all the chances at a happy life that all breeds do.

If I were home I would be buying one of Ara’s calendars to brighten my wall.

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