A Cool Visitor

It’s only happened to me a few times.  Out of the blue, someone came up and asked if I was the author of the blog he/she follows.  It’s fun and motivating to know people enjoy the postings!

Visitors Welcome

An hour or so ago I was resting (inside Dad’s house) when the doorbell rang.  A man was standing outside.  At first I was a little nervous because in recent days there have been reports of fake utility employees knocking on doors and casing a property for a future burglary.  But within seconds, I knew this guy was a good person.

Almost immediately, the man asked if I was “Van Trekker” and I was pleasantly shocked.  I invited him in (embarrassed that the house is such a disaster area right now).  We chatted for about ten or fifteen minutes about northeast Iowa.  He’s from the area where I love to fish around West Union and Elgin.  “C” met Serena, the little kitty who loves so much to go camping with me at Dutton’s Cave as well as Goeken Park.  We had a great visit.  If he reads this post, C is welcome to stop by at any time or maybe we can go get coffee somewhere.  It’s always a pleasure to meet friendly folks with which there are things in common.

This visit came at a perfect time.  Admittedly, I’ve been in a little bit of a slump lately.  The weather has been very cold this year, making camping less than desirable.  “Cabin fever” has been settling in.  It’s also been difficult to get motivated while trying to stabilize the blood sugar.  The energy level is all over the map when the blood glucose changes.  It shows, too… The house looks like a rerun of the TV show “Sanford and Son”… the episode after the earthquake!

But thank you to the visitor (whose name I did not reveal for privacy reasons).  Having someone stop by really boosted the mood and gave me some much needed motivation to clean up the house, shake this cabin fever a bit, and enjoy the fresh air.

So what is on the horizon?  There are some new Kelly Safari tires on the van, it’s full of Fuel Saver gas, and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  I’ve been working on making a homemade walking stick (still need to treat the wood).  Next week the temp will be in the upper 30s.  It is almost a certainty that there will be some trout fishing as well as a tour of a cool brewery museum in Wisconsin!  In the meantime, now is a superb time to shake the winter blahs and get some housework done before the new job starts on the 17th.

Take care and thanks for stopping by – the blog or at the house!  Friends are always welcome!

Bradford, the “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"

10 Responses to A Cool Visitor

  1. Veronica says:

    Brad, I hope you get this comment. I have commented before and they never showed up on the post. I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog. I worry about you when you aren’t able to post for a few days but I know it isn’t easy to write all of the time.

    You and your blog have been such an inspiration and help to me. I have had similar circumstances as you with the loss of beloved family members, loss of jobs, etc. I really admire the way you have handled all of the challenges in your life and have kept such a positive attitude at least in the blog.

    I would imagine there are many readers like me and I would encourage them to leave you a comment to let you know how much we appreciate you and your blog.

    Hang in there….this too will pass….I have an old 1976 Dodge Sportsman rv/van that I hope to take up to Decorah sometime based on all you have said about it in your blog. If so, I will give you a shout and perhaps we can grab lunch or a coffee. My treat to thank you for all of the things I have learned from you thru the blog.

    I live south of Springfield, IL so if you ever want to head south, just let me know. I can provide you with a place to park the van with electricity for free that is very close to a nice fishing lake……sorry, no trout but lots of bass and blue gill.

    Take care my friend……and please know we are out here enjoying your blog and rooting for you!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thank you so much for the comments, Veronica! Springfield is a place I would definitely like to visit. Dad had wanted to go there but we ran out of time. Blue gills are fun to catch and they are pretty tasty, too!

      If you ever make it up this way, there are plenty of fun things to do and beautiful places to see. That Dodge rv/van sounds pretty cool. I hope it brings you a lot of fond memories. The pictures and memories of camping trips have helped a lot during this cold winter!

      Thanks again for the uplifting thoughts! It really means a lot! 🙂


  2. Eurochick says:

    I will not be coming by, I live in Amsterdan, but I read your blog too and I too appreciate it!
    Safe fishing

  3. C says:

    Brad it was very nice to meet and talk to you. I was shocked to see the van when I was driving thru the neighborhood. Next time I am in the area, and I see you are there, I will stop back over and we can have another chat, and maybe I can finally get a peek into that lovely van!


    • VanTrekker says:

      Hello again! I’ll bet you were surprised to see a post about the visit. I can only imagine what you were thinking as you drove by and saw the white van. Most people would not give it a second look… but the solar panel on the roof gives it away. Having someone stop by really meant a lot; it gave me a jump start to get this housework done and hit the road for a little trip. The van is going to get a thorough cleaning this weekend. Next week will bring some fun around Elkader… I might end up in Elgin or West Union.

  4. C says:

    I will stop over in a week or two. Left you and kitties a present today. I know how it goes

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks a bunch! It made my day. The wine was an excellent choice! The cats love the salmon treats. I think I was snoozing when you stopped by. Thanks much! — VT

  5. tinycamper says:

    Trout is out of my league… but bass and bluegill I can handle!

    How great that C stopped by to see you! I think we all need all the cheer we can get to make it through till spring!

    Looking forward to the camping adventures of Serena. Will Jesse James go, too?

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi and thanks for commenting! I probably won’t take Jesse camping. He hates the van, cries all night, and fights to get out. It’s funny because Jesse is a big, strong kitty and a total wuss. He hid when “C” stopped by. Serena came out to see what was going on. She is so tiny and frail but yet when the neighbor dog comes over she marches up to that big old dog, hisses, and slaps it in the face. She’s intrepid!

      I sure am enjoying the low carb info on your blog. On the next post, I plan to put a link in the blog so people from this page will check yours out. 🙂