Monthly Archives: June 2013

“Large-leaved and many-footed shadowing, what god rules over Africa, what shape, What avuncular cloud-man beamier than spears?”

———Wallace Stevens   “The Greenest Continent”


“All news out of Africa is bad.  It made me want to go there…”

——–Paul Theroux   “Dark Star Safari”



Clear Skies

Alaska from Space

Here is another great, even rare, shot from NASA of Alaska.  Taken last week, during Part 1 of the 90 degree heat wave, this space shot shows Alaska almost completely devoid of clouds.   Judging from the edge of the photo, I’m guessing that the Aleutians were not cloud free.  Still, it is unusual to even see Mainland Alaska with so little cloud cover.

River Crossing

LR River Crosser

The Rover has Full Flaps

Half Flaps Full Flaps

It was a vehicle weekend here in The ‘Banks.  On Saturday, after recuperating from the Solstice fun, I installed a new master cylinder in the Beetle, as well as a couple of new lines.  Luckily, I also installed a set of speed bleeders, because the “friend” who I had to bribe with beer to help bleed the brakes, showed up once I had already bled the vehicle solo.  “Anything I can do to help?”  Nope.  “Where’s the beer?”  You don’t get any.  “Why the hell not?”  You didn’t help, ya slimey bastard.

For those of you who thought The Rover’s mud flaps left a little to be desired, you’ll be happy to know that I installed a new set of those on Sunday, as well as a spiffy new interior mirror.  In the 10 years or so that I have driven The Rover, it has never had a rear view mirror… until Sunday.  Not that I’ve thought about using it yet, but it is there, hanging from the windscreen, looking completely out of place.

Summer Solstice

Midnight Sun

Eagle Summit at 1am

The mosquitos were fierce, but we went up to Eagle Summit anyway.  Small children and dogs were carried away by the hoard of blood suckers.  It’s one of the worst mosquito years I have ever experienced.  This year I realized that Deet not only keeps the mosquitos somewhat at bay, it also takes dried paint off your flesh.

Enjoy the Solstice Weekend; it’s all downhill from here.

Ferruccio Lamborghini & Miura 1966

Just a cool photo: Ferruccio Lamborghini and the newly introduced Miura in 1966.