Archive for November, 2013

August 31 – Red Car Envy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Competition on the block! He was only visiting though!

A neighbor's son's restored Mustang.

A neighbor’s son’s restored Mustang.

The Jeepster in Safari mode!

The Jeepster in Safari mode!

 

August Fest

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

August was the month of “Fests”. Of course the much anticipated Bend BrewFest was a blast! Why go to all the breweries, when you can taste it all in one place over 3 days and nights! According to The Seattle Times, “Among cities in beer-crazy Oregon, Bend now has the most craft breweries per capita. Some locals have started calling this ‘Beer City USA.’ More breweries are opening soon.”

BrewFest under an artificial moon. Is that Mothra hovering overhead? Must have been attracted by that false moon!

BrewFest under an artificial moon. Is that Mothra hovering overhead? Must have been attracted by that false moon!

Then there was the nearby Culver Crawdad Fest! Lake Billy Chinook with miles of shoreline, gave up  2,000 pounds of crawfish for the festival, and it was all sold and consumed!

The mounded plateful for only $8!

The mounded plateful for only $8!

The finished plateful, thank goodness I provided the Wet Ones!

The finished plateful, thank goodness I provided the Wet Ones!

 

July 23 – Back in Bend

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Really, would you take a class with this instructor?

Seen in a parking lot on a vehicle.

Seen in a parking lot on a vehicle.

July 18 – On the Road

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

On the road, what the Jeepster is made for! On our way to Oregon we had our first National Forest Road trip in Idaho. Robert was a trooper and drove the Jeepster in the summer sun and heat, with no air conditioning, no radio, no power anything but the engine! Mavrik and I had the luxuries in the truck with the camper, pulling the motorcycle trailer.

Taking a break from the pavement!

Taking a break from the pavement!

Jeepster in July

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Can you tell we were obsessed for a few months?

A soft top completes the look!

A soft top completes the look!

The Razorback Red in homage to our friends who helped so much!

The Razorback Red in homage to our friends who helped so much!

Ready for the road to Oregon!

Ready for the road to Oregon!

 

July 5 – A Wedding!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

We flew to San Diego to attend a beautiful wedding in the bucolic setting outside Julian, California. We met friends and long-lost relatives and had a wonderful time!

The chairs weren't for us!

The chairs weren’t for us!

Jeepster in June

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Of course I have to show the progress on the Jeepster in June! It’s alive! It runs! But there’s still lots of work to do!

Taking the family out for a drive.

Taking the family out for a drive.

June

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

We took a break from working on the Money Pit and traveled a loop from Hiwasse, AR towards Durham, NC then up to Paw Paw, MI, through Chicago and back to Hiwasse. Along the way we stopped at the Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown, TN and looked out over the Copper Basin.

This bucolic scene hides the extreme pollution that denuded over 50 square miles of vegetation because of the copper mining and smelting.

This bucolic scene hides the extreme pollution that denuded over 50 square miles of vegetation because of the copper mining.

The mining and smelting operations polluted the area so much that the state of Georgia and local landowners sued the Tennessee Copper Company in 1904! “In 1906 in Georgia vs. Tennessee Copper Company, the Supreme Court heard Georgia’s claim that TCC was taking away its sovereign rights of control over its land and air.  Georgia was seeking an injunction preventing TCC from using the open roast heap method.  The Court found for Georgia but did not issue the injunction because by then TCC had begun construction of an acid reclamation plant near Copperhill.  Eventually, sulfuric acid replaced copper as the company’s major product. Within two decades of the ruling the first efforts would be made to reclaim the barren landscape. Those efforts would continue into the 1990’s.” 

Unknown date.

 

 

 

Before the year 2000.

Before the year 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June, 2013

June, 2013

 

May

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
The transformation begins!

The transformation begins!

Custom Red with lots of help from our friends Tom & Don!

Custom Red with lots of help from our friends Tom & Don!

 

April

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

It was a cold, blustery, gray day when we first saw her. She was dingy, cowering under a carport and sputtered when she was started up. Robert asked Don “what do you think?” We walked around her, Robert pointing out dings, dents, rust, paint cracking. Don said “we can fix that, we can fix that, we can fix that, we can fix that”. When fluid started pouring out of the radiator Don said “I know somebody who can fix that”. So we plunked down the money and drove home without her. Don and Robert got the trailer and headed back to bring her home. And thus began our love affair with our second Jeepster. We affectionately call her “The Money Pit” now!

The day after we got her home on the trailer and had a good look at her in the daylight. What have we got ourselves into?!

The day after we got her home on the trailer and had a good look at her in the daylight. What have we got ourselves into?!