Hello and welcome to the blog. Anyone for a sweet roll? This morning was my first attempt at decorating the breakfast pastries at work. It’s a fun duty. There’s one roll that says VT but I altered it later… The plan was to eat it but who needs that much sugar?
It’s been a busy week. Hillary Clinton came to visit on Tuesday – across the street from the job. It’s days like that when a person is THANKFUL to be on the graveyard shift and snuggled in bed when things get crazy. 😀
The new job is going great – one of the best of the best. The last five days were worked on the overnight (graveyard) shifts. Oh, how grand it would be to work these hours, live in a van, and day camp!
Today was spent fishing at Waterloo Creek after getting off work at 4:30 AM. I’ve grown to love this trout steam located about 4/10 of a mile from the Minnesota border. With practically still air, it was possible to get some terrific pictures. I posted a new link on the drone videos page. Please “CLICK HERE” or click on the photograph. The Syma drone is making enjoying the outdoors all the more exciting.
The fishing was perfect this morning. Although the water was ice cold (that makes crossing while wearing tennis shoes fun… not!) the spring sun quickly warmed the body. Industrious birds chirped, woodpeckers chattered, and robins were hunting for worms. The fish were aggressive and few enough in number to necessitate some healthy walking between holes. The outdoor activity gives a person a lot of time to meditate and be grateful for many blessings.
The only bummer was a case of extreme fatigue. Having not slept after working all night was a miscalculation, not to mention dangerous. In retrospect, driving the van and getting some good rest is every bit as much a part of the camping experience as hooking and cooking the fish.
Nonetheless, the scenery of Northeast Iowa is the one constant that makes every trip a delight. The photo on the left is a familiar scene – The town of Eldorado viewed from Goeken Park (about 80 miles north of Cedar Rapids)… But this time it was possible to see things from 50 feet above the scenic overlook by using the little quadcopter. In the very far distance, one can even see the distant town of Calmar.
Serena and Jesse were confused why I hadn’t been home for 24 hours but Jesse knows about trout. No sweet rolls for us – tomorrow’s breakfast will be fish. Camping is still on the agenda. I’m toying with the idea of camping on Thursday night at a nearby park… just for the “Hale” of it. More about that later though.
For now, thanks for stopping by today. I hope the friends are relishing the beautiful spring weather. Take care and safe travels always!
Brad, Serena, and Jesse James
Jones County, Iowa
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