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Welcome to the blog today! Serena and I just returned from an overnight camping trip and long hike at the Maquoketa Caves State Park in Jackson County, Iowa… about 35 miles from where I live. First of all, the name is not too hard to say… “MUH-Coke-uh-tuh”. The name “Maquoketa” was derived from native American (Sauk and Fox) words meaning “There are bears.” That was the case 140 years ago but now bear sightings are rare.
Once again, I’ll try to keep the rambling verbiage to a minimum and show some fun pictures.
Saturday was a lot of fun. Serena was in the van most of the time listening to folk music while I was hiking. Though only a couple of miles were covered, the terrain was hilly and it felt like there were a million stairs. It was challenging but a terrific workout. You just cannot compare a gym with the great outdoors. Hiking is becoming fun way to keep the blood sugars in check.
As the trip wound down and Serena was playing, I loaded up some pine cones and am going to see how if one can preserve them. It seemed like a great idea to put them in bowls (perhaps some in the bathroom), and use pine-scented oils to make the trailer smell “outdoorsy”. It’s a worth a try!
As always, thanks for visiting today. It’s time to rest up and get ready to work tomorrow. The new job is going well so far. So what’s next with camping? In about a week the DNR will be starting the trout stocking for the year. It’s likely Jesse James and I will be heading north in a week or so.
Take care! Safe travels and best wishes from Jones County, Iowa
Brad, Serena, and Jesse James
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