Adventures with Samtrak

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World’s Fanciest McDondalds - Madrid 2003

When traveling abroad as an American food lover, the last thing you may want is McDonalds.  Even I had to step foot in this one.  Regal crown molding, chandeliers, fine carpentry, marble counter tops, and gold accents adorned this fast food anomaly. 

Free Candy - Ventura 2009
A cult vehicle if there ever was one, we acquired our 1986 Toyota Van Cargo for a mere $1900 and it had a whopping original 36k on the odometer. Previously a flower delivery vehicle, we planned to give it new life. Part urban camper, part utility, we always knew it was going to be an full on ArtCar.  Now fully painted, this was the very first ‘exhibit’ on the vehicle.  Though they were drawn to it like a magnet, for some reason the random neighborhood children didn’t find it as funny as we did.  Lasting only 3 weeks, this incarnation of the van was very memorable with all the comments and smiles.

Free Candy - Ventura 2009

A cult vehicle if there ever was one, we acquired our 1986 Toyota Van Cargo for a mere $1900 and it had a whopping original 36k on the odometer. Previously a flower delivery vehicle, we planned to give it new life. Part urban camper, part utility, we always knew it was going to be an full on ArtCar.  Now fully painted, this was the very first ‘exhibit’ on the vehicle.  Though they were drawn to it like a magnet, for some reason the random neighborhood children didn’t find it as funny as we did.  Lasting only 3 weeks, this incarnation of the van was very memorable with all the comments and smiles.

Dog Mermaids - San Luis Obispo 2014
Not only can you drive out to the end of the Avila pier and eat fresh seafood, you can also gawk at the resident sea lions!  Depending on the time of day and the tides they’ll be more or less active.  Most of the day they balk at each other and rest on the lower levels under the various fishing piers around Avila Beach.  Stop by and say hi, they’ll probably snort back at you!

Dog Mermaids - San Luis Obispo 2014

Not only can you drive out to the end of the Avila pier and eat fresh seafood, you can also gawk at the resident sea lions!  Depending on the time of day and the tides they’ll be more or less active.  Most of the day they balk at each other and rest on the lower levels under the various fishing piers around Avila Beach.  Stop by and say hi, they’ll probably snort back at you!

Outhouse - Santa Barbara 2014
Trickery!  This deceiving facade is really home to a regular port-a-potty.  The Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara has lots going on year round inside and out.  If you find yourself in need of a restroom, don’t be tricked by this one, there are much nicer amenities inside the museum.

Outhouse - Santa Barbara 2014

Trickery!  This deceiving facade is really home to a regular port-a-potty.  The Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara has lots going on year round inside and out.  If you find yourself in need of a restroom, don’t be tricked by this one, there are much nicer amenities inside the museum.

Skeleton Man - Ventura 2014
A Skeleton Man on the front of our #artcar #tototavan !! His eyes used to blink red.

Skeleton Man - Ventura 2014

A Skeleton Man on the front of our #artcar #tototavan !! His eyes used to blink red.

Underground Canals - Rochester 2014

Summer adventures in upstate New York bring us aimlessly adventuring through downtown Rochester in areas where the public is questionably allowed to go.  Under part of the downtown area is an old canal and lock waterway that was used in the 1800s for before trains became the preferred method of travel.  World class graffiti exists from end to end of these tunnels and waterway bridges.  Upon our entry we met two spelunkers with headlamps coming out of one of the dark holes.  “These go on for about a half a mile in each direction!” one of the boys said to my disbelief.  Every city should have urban adventure artscape like this.  If you’re in Rochester and you enjoy urban hiking, put this on your list.

Forest Walk - Kern River Valley 2012
Clear your mind, experience beauty, and exercise all at the same time! 

Forest Walk - Kern River Valley 2012

Clear your mind, experience beauty, and exercise all at the same time! 

Dollhouse Burning - Ellicott City 2013
When this hand made dollhouse was destroyed by mold after a flood, there was only one thing left to do.  Blow it the fuck up!

Dollhouse Burning - Ellicott City 2013

When this hand made dollhouse was destroyed by mold after a flood, there was only one thing left to do.  Blow it the fuck up!

Seafood Snack - Japan 2002

A good percentage of Japan’s food comes from the sea, so why not make a delectable snack out of baby crabs and fishes! Seasoned to perfection, I did not eat a single one. Sorry, I’ll skip this one. You can find me over in the corner chompin’ on some Cool Ranch Doritos.

Low Enough? - Ventura 2010

The Fairgrounds in Ventura County play host to many car shows year round.  This low-rider show was full of off the wall and impractical ideas.  With all the puzzle piece shaped doors, and an abundance of pinstriping and airbrushing, they all beg to be the most unique.