Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Sorry that this post is a little early – I have to go to an out of town funeral today and it’s near a trout stream…

It’s almost that time of the year again… a point where we need to pause for a day and give thanks for all the good things that have happened in the last year. 


One of the biggest blessings in the last couple of years has been a special lady named Alothina and her two boys, Aries and Apollo.  They’ve sort of adopted me as an honorary uncle and proved that this grumpy old bachelor still has a kind heart despite the grouchy exterior. 

Sure, there are a few advantages to being single but they come at a very high cost.  A person with no kids misses a lot… especially during the holidays. 

Recently I was invited to attend Aries’ school play – a musical about pirates.   That is Aries in the photo.  He’s a pretty scary pirate.

The musical was a blast – but also a great reminder of what a person sacrifices by living like a hermit.  No amount of fishing or camping can ever replace the pride I witnessed while dozens of parents enjoyed watching the kids sing their hearts out.

On the upside, Aries, his mom, and brother Apollo, want to go fishing – any maybe even camping – next year.  I don’t know…. I’m not quite ready for an instant family.  But a camping trip might be fun!  Kids do need to learn how to fish and as an adopted relative I need to teach them…  sort of like Grandpa and Uncle Clifford taught me… but perhaps without adding in the additional vocabulary words that got me a mouthful of lemon scented dishwashing detergent as punishment for swearing.  (Sorry Mom, rest in peace, but the punishment didn’t work…) 
On Thanksgiving, it will be pleasant to spend some time with these very close friends and try Alothina’s cooking.   It means a lot and there will likely be pictures on the blog.  Later in the evening, I’ll be at Anytime Fitness and then it’s off to go camping … back to tranquility once again!
I hope all the blog readers enjoy the time with their families later this week.  Life really is the greatest gift of all.  Celebrate now because after this moment is gone, it’s gone.
And for those who care to go out for Black Friday, may God keep you and yours safe.  You won’t see the Trekker Van camping at a Walmart parking lot that day!  
Have a fun and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!  Save me a plate!   🙂
Van Trekker

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

5 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Pat says:

    Enjoy fishing and have a wonderful turkey day.

    • Brad says:

      Thanks Pat. The guy who died was a big fisherman so our friends didn’t mind when I mentioned ducking out for the trout stream. Dad and I came home with the limit. Looks like trout tonight – turkey tomorrow. 🙂

      Have an awesome turkey day!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Brad
    Can’t think of anything better for kids than camping,cooking hot dogs over an open fire and just enjoying the wonders of nature. Throw in some fishing, wow, memories to last a lifetime!
    Have a nice Turkey day.

    • Brad says:

      That’s true about the memories. Camping is too fun not to share. I’ve actually had a lot of people say “Take me with you!” I will, too. Some of my friends might have to come up with tents, etc. but it would be fun to have some company, cook up some good food, etc.

      Have a great Thanksgiving day tomorrow!

  3. tinycamper says:

    Hope your day was wonderful, Brad — the company and the tranquility.

    And camping with the kids would give them some unforgettable memories.

    And now I’m telling myself that second helping of everything was for you, so that makes it okay. 😀