Super Snowstorm, Super Bowl

Brad VTHello and welcome to the blog.

We’re currently getting clobbered by the largest winter storm of the season.  Jones County is one of the areas hardest hit.  After shoveling out twice, it looks like we’ve already received about a foot of the white stuff and the driveway is drifting shut again.

I love it.  Now this is how ya want to spend a snowy day.  I couldn’t resist making a little clip with the old work uniform.   🙂


Bridge and dam over the Wapsipinicon River in Anamosa

Yeah, it’s cold, windy, and miserable today.  But this is home.  I love many things about Iowa, the summer humidity, and yes, the snow.  You learn to live with it or leave – this weather is not for everyone!

In Iowa, living in a van in this kind of weather is not something you would do voluntarily, in most cases.  I prefer the  warmth and comfort of the home base and despite the recent employment shift, it’s worth working to hold on to what I have here – peace, solitude, a beautiful environment and great fishing.

It’s been fun listening to reactions today on Facebook and the local news stations.  A lot of people are not thrilled with the latest winter blast.  Like I told the friends, “Happiness is a state of mind.  If you don’t mind the crazy weather in this state, you’ll be happy!”


SuperbowlSo the Super Bowl is underway and the score is tied at 14:14.  It’s been a good game so far.  Some decadent goodies are being enjoyed while blogging and watching the event (and, of course, the commercials).

Not surprisingly, the Superbowl treats are once again something dreamed up while napping today… easy-to-make food that can be made on a camping trip.

Wapsi 2The biscuit balls on the above right are pretty yummy.  I used some Red Lobster Garlic Cheddar biscuit  mix (from Walmart), as well as  cooked bulk Italian sausage and smoked bacon (diced).  I cooked the meats, drained the grease, and added the biscuit mix to the skillet… along with a bit of water.  Then little (donut hole sized) balls were formed and baked.  Jesse loved them.

Serena, on the other hand, really liked the little meatloaves baked in Christmas tree mini cake molds.  The meatloaf was made in a gallon freezer bag using ground chuck, crushed french fried onions, ketchup, bread crumbs, spices, and a couple of eggs.  There was no mess and it was tasty!  Just an FYI – I have a ton of uses for gallon freezer bags and buy them in bulk:  transporting cleaned fish, van cooking where a mixing bowl would have been needed, and… um… well, a “#1” solution if nature calls while camping.


Jesse’s paw prints… He didn’t stay out long!

It’s been an enjoyable day.  The time spent shoveling, the exposure to the sun and bright snow, and breaking a sweat really helped elevate the mood from a pretty depressed state.  To some degree happiness is a choice, even during the gloomy, snowy winter months; it would all to easy to complain.  I just wish it would warm up a little – it would be fun to make a snowman.  There will be a photo if that happens.

So what’s on the horizon?  There’s a festival a few counties away that sounds fascinating.  If I’m able to make it there next weekend, there will be a pretty unusual post… with an “Iowa flavor”…  Stay tuned.

Have a great week… Take care and be safe!

You camping friends in snowy Jones County, Iowa

Bradford, Serena, and Jesse James

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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"

8 Responses to Super Snowstorm, Super Bowl

  1. Zane says:

    Wow dude new site is awesome, have a lot to catch up on will be updating mine regularly soon, in the middle of getting my FFl for a awesome project I’m keeping quiet but will launch on my blog in due time but it will have a lot of van in and guns and travel. K now I gotta catch up on your site, cheers

  2. Jo says:

    That’s a lot of snow! But if you enjoy it then no complaints right. We had lots of rain and we are now out of the drought problem we had.

    Love you snow pictures and the one of the road and frozen trees is awesome.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Jo. A lot of people don’t like the snow but I don’t mind it. I was out playing with the drone for couple hours in the deep snow (okay, 2 minute flight, 2 hours to rescue it from a tree!) Have a good one. Wanna trade the rain for some snow? 🙂 Take care!

  3. LAguy says:

    I’ve never driven in snow. How do you keep from sliding around? Many years ago I slid on a road in the Santa Monica Mountains that had spots of ice. I had to replace my VW hood. Yeah, I live in Los Angeles.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi. Well, it helps to have good all season tires and go slow. A person wants to anticipate stops in advance and make sure you have plenty of time to get up to speed if pulling out. Small steering corrections are required; fast movements means a quick trip into the ditch. We joke around here about how you can tell the people who have 4 Wheel Drive on their vehicles… Those are the ones in the ditches. (as in people get too confident). The best tip is when they “travel not recommended” to make sure and not travel. 🙂

  4. Beth says:

    Where do you get bulk ziplock gal. Freezer bags? Thanks.

    • VanTrekker says:

      I buy the largest box of bags possible. The best deal so far seems to be $4 or 40 of them through Dollar General. Rather than saying “bulk”, I should say “large quantities”… I just used two of them today for doing “Shake ‘n’ Bake” as well as storing a beef roast. They’re cheap and convenient. 🙂