Cause to Celebrate

Happy Spring

Pun… This sure hits HOME!

Hello and welcome! Hopefully everyone makes it safely past “April Fool’s Day”.

Brown and Rainbow

Some of the first spring trout… No April Foolin’ here!

I am on the way back from a road trip to the Bloody Run Creek near Marquette, Iowa.  Today was supposed to be the first day of trout stocking for this little stream.  Before the trout truck even arrived, I’d already limited out, including the rainbow and brown you see in the picture above.  These fish were apparently in the stream all winter —  YUM!  Jesse James will be happy tonight.  The fishing are soaking in a freezer bag with 2/3 cup Kosher salt to 3 quarts of fresh water.  Tip:  Carry a plastic pre-loaded with your salt – then just add the cleaned fish and water.  After a half dozen hours (or the next morning), just give the fish a quick rinse and they’re ready for the smoker.


Bloody Run West End

Bloody Run Park – note the snow still present on the north slopes of the hills.

If it seems like this post is pretty upbeat, there is a reason.  On Monday I completed the work that needed to be performed to sell the house.  It has been a massive effort spanning a number of months but it is time to hand the house off to the carpet installer and real estate agent.  The sign will go in the yard Thursday.  Though a longer celebratory fishing / camping trip is planned for next week, some immediate gratification seemed like a good thing.  Yep – that four letter word that keeps getting me in trouble at every job… F.I.S.H.

Farm CartoonNow relaxed and ready for more work at the house, things will be moving quickly as stuff is moved out to the storage shed.  (Everything I own MUST fit into a tiny 5′ x 10′ space)

For now, the four-footed friends, Jesse James and Serena, will be living in Dad’s garage (where they have their own radio, easy chair, etc.) and I’m in the driveway sleeping in the “Trekker Van”… snug as a bug in a rug.

Once the house is finally sold, the cats and I will likely be residing on a friend’s farm for a few months.  If all goes as planned, the three of us will be moving to a place in northeast Iowa later this year, perhaps around August.  At this point in time, moving north is not a matter of “if” but “when”.  I know the “where” part after having traveled around this part of Iowa so much!

Emergency Fillet Knife

If you forget the fillet knife, try a folding Milwaukee Utility Knife for field dressing trout…

The brief little trip today was enjoyable and was just a small taste what is to come next week.  Serena and I are going to take the van to Decorah and do some fishing.  While there, one of the “must visit” places is a popular deli that reader “C” said to check out.  There is also a new fishing area to try, too.

Have a great day and thank you for visiting.  I hope that the blog friends have a terrific spring season and enjoy the moderating weather and fresh air.  Take care!

Take care!

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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