Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Happy Halloween to all from yer ol' cap'n. This being Van's first Halloween I feel I should share pics of his costume. Most people who know me know that I love comics, and my favorite hero is Aquaman. So my wife suggested we dress van up this year as Aqualad. I thoght this was a pretty cool idea so we made up a costume, and voila! Here he is making his Halloween debut on dry land...

Special thanks to Rob over at The Aquaman Shrine for the aqua-beanie.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sutton Island

Sunday we took a ride out to Sutton Island to do a little gardening work. As it was a gorgeous day (started that way anyway) and we had a little time to kill at the end, we walked around the island on the shore path. Sutton is probably one of my favorite places around here, and is reached by a 15 minute ride on the mail boat. The island is made up of seasonal residents, and this time of year they are all gone, so there wasn't a soul out there, and we had the whole island to ourselves. Here are some pics from the day...

This is the osprey nest on the western tip of the island. It's somewhat of a local land mark. It's over 100 years old, estimated to weigh several tons, and is about 6 feet tall.

This is looking back toward Bear Island and the lighthouse.

This is looking back toward Mt. Desert Island, which is where I live.

The shore path veers into the woods for a bit.... right past the spooky old abandoned water tower. Zoinks!

This is on the northern side of the island. I thought it was really cool how the rocks right next to eachother are completely different colors. The dark ones look blackend by smoke or something, but they are not.

One of the many little coves/beaches on the island

A groovy stump. 'sheck it out meng.

While we were waiting for the boat, I signed Van's name to the collection.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Spooky pic

Just in time for upcoming Halloween, I thought it would be a good time to post a picture taken by my friend Pex from Finland. This is a shot he took of his new dog Proco. I think it's just an awesomely scary picture between the glowing eyes, background, and effects. Enjoy!

I wonder if I could make Finnegan look this scary...

probably not

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Hey. Long time no see. I know I haven't been posting as much as I used to , but you gotta live your life, right? And do that I am. I just returned from Great Southern Van Run III in beautiful Cherokee North Carolina in the Smoky Mtns. It was put on by the Southeast Van Council. We left home at about 4:30 last Wednesday afternoon, and got there around the same time Friday afternoon after a few stops. Stayed friday night and Saturday, and left for home on Sunday. We rolled in about 8:00 monday night. What a time we had too! It was great to see my vannin' family again, and to introduce little Van to them. Yes, he went on his first van run at 10 weeks old! 2600 miles round trip, and i'd turn right around and do it again. I live for this stuff. Nothing puts me in a better state of mind than being around vans and vanners. Especially some awesome customs. Here are a few pics from the event.

We took the purple van down for this one.

The vans lined up for the show

Here's a shot of my as yet unnamed van in the show featuring the uber-rare cameo appearance by the Capn' on this blog. (and a leg shot from Mr. Van ;) )

the interior of one of the vans. The owner Kevin does competition chainsaw carving...
more on that later.

Boot's van, "Street Survivor". It's one of my favorite vans currently being built. In my opinion mid-Dodges look best when photographed from a worms eye view.

One of my favorite vans from the event. It's no secret I love the tandems so naturally this one stood out for me.

This super cool shorty was spotted at the Food Lion in Cherokee, and he invited the owner to the event. He had no idea anything like this was going on,and it turns out he had a really great time. I think we'll see him again.

Here's a pic I took during the run into town. Since I was bringing up the rear, I had a pretty unique perspective of the convoy.

Guess who took home the long haul trophy home... This was carved with a chainsaw, and is one of the most unique trophy's you will ever see from a truck-in.

Mr. Van and Mr. Finnegan waiting patiently for the van to be packed so we could get going home.

Speaking of going home, here's a last show of Magic Carpet Ride and Street Survivor with their matching go-karts. Awesome! I can't wait till next year.