Feeding the Cows

Feeding the cowsWelcome 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.

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The upcoming recipe collection to be featured on the blog.

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!

RoseTake care and thanks for visiting.  Have a terrific day.  Take time and smell the roses… They smell a lot better than odoriferous  cow sh**….

Bradford and Serena, Van Trekking in Iowa


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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4 Responses to Feeding the Cows

  1. Jerry says:


    Since your doing a PDF you can easily make updates – my idea would be to throw in a few fishing tips on how to catch trout – I think that would be perfect to go into the book.

    This last week I finally learned how to make a sour Thai soup – will try to post the pics in the next week or so. In the Restruant it costs about $13 for a one quart bowel, I made a 14Q pot for about $35. Will try to get my solar panels going again with some new roof mounts. Might have idea for OTTCT 3.0 – then again I might be to old to get it off the ground 🙁

    Cheers Jerry

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jerry,

      That’s a good point about putting a few pointers into the book regarding how to catch trout. The problem is that I’m a crappy fisherman, as far as most are concerned. I don’t use flies or spinners – just salmon eggs, Berkley Powerbait, and worms. It’s more like a “what not to do” kind of thing. I haven’t used a traditional fly rod and reel for probably 35 years! LOL.

      I love sour type Asian soups. I wish you were here! That soup sounds tasty!

      Keep the OTTCT going. It’s a dream and they are fun to pursue! I’m in Decorah right now, it’s raining, the creeks are flooding and the fish aren’t biting for crap. But I’m still living a dream anyway! I thought about you last night… I made an “Over the Top Chicken Sandwich”… It will go on an upcoming blog post…

  2. Todd says:

    Hello Brad,

    I believe you have created something that is new!

    Until now, to dwell in a van seems to have meant one of two things. Either one was parking on public land (boon docking) or else one was hiding in plain sight in a city (stealth camping).

    However, with what you are doing these days, you have created a whole new category. What might it be called? Farmdocking? Farm camping?

    I really appreciate your gift for seeing life in new and original ways!


    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Todd! It’s definitely fun. The only thing I would recommend against is living on a cattle farm. There are so many gnats and flies it is frustrating at times! At present, I’m camping next to a riverboat casino in Marquette, Iowa. You never know when or where the van will show up! It is pretty nice living on the farm though… and cheap!