Welcome to the blog! The picture to the left was taken at the farm in eastern Iowa. The van is parked about 100 feet from the steers you see here – but on the other side of a strong fence. I just wish the fence could keep out the flies and stench.
I was helping my buddy the other day as he fed the cattle, grinding up hay and dumping it into the feeding troughs. According to Tony, the brown ‘n’ white bulls are “brahmas”. It was easy to figure out that the black ones are “black angus”… Like I jokingly tell the kids at the McDonalds job, I am the guy that put the “DUH” in the “DUH-dut-duh-duh-duh” Mc Donalds jingle.
While we were feeding the cattle the other day, my role was to hold a cattle prod in front of the animals to dissuade them from exiting through the gate. It was basically just a stick – sort of like half a fishpole – and there was no electricity hooked up to it. Thankfully, the steers knew what it was and didn’t want to come close. Overall, the cattle are good neighbors but at 5:00 AM or so they start to make a ruckus, bang on the gate, and that stirs Serena… and me! No alarm clock needed.
Today (Tuesday) will be a short day at work and then it’s “play time.” The cat and I will be camping in Allamakee County in extreme northeast Iowa. We’re visiting a place that a DNR buddy recommended – another “new-to-me” stream in a very remote area. Fresh fish sounds tasty right now!
Good news! The little recipe collection (PDF format) is nearly done – I just need to take one more photograph and then do some final proofreading. The plan is to sell the collection for a $3 blog donation. It will contain 13 trout recipes and about 7 fun and tasty side dishes, too.
The title, “Nuts About Trout” is a play on words for one of the recipes – Trout Almondine. But the all time favorite is “Parmesan Encrusted Rainbow Trout”… More details will be coming two posts from now!
Bradford and Serena, Van Trekking in Iowa