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"

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