Camping at Bennett


Nope, it’s not a religious trinket or anything… just a fisherman from my birthday cake!

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  This turned out to be a not-so-lucky Friday the 13th weekend.  I’d been getting sicker and weaker the last few days.  On Friday, while working I had a frozen 70 lb sand bag fall on the index finger, trapping it against the bag below.  The finger was smashed pretty well but thankfully nothing was broken.  The pain was such that I ended up taking the day off.  Saturday evening was spent camping (developing a bad case of bronchitis along the way).

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It was not enough to keep me from camping on Saturday!  I’d been excited about trying a different  campground near Bennett, Iowa.  It’s in SE Cedar County, about 30 minutes from where I live and about 30 minutes from buddy Johnnie’s residence in Muscatine. It’s also about 30 minutes from Davenport.  What I liked about this campground is that it is on high ground.  It seems like most are along creeks and rivers or forests and TV reception is usually at its worst.  Not so here!  This little place also has flush toilets and water (during warm months) and electricity all year… and it’s just 10 bucks!  Look at that clearing…  There will be drone pictures one of these times!

The last day of the week is one when I shut out the world…  The phone “doesn’t work” because Saturday is a favorite TV watching night.  I watch The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, and Star Trek on the MeTV network.  What a lineup!  It’s even more fun if done will enjoying a little fresh air.


Not well presented but this grub really hit the spot on a mid January night!

Supper was cooked in a crockpot.  At Christmas time I bought a “casserole size” slow cooker that worked out perfectly for this dish – a crab quiche.  The crust was refrigerated pie dough spread out and up the sides of the shallow crock, then baked for 1.5 hours on high.  Next the quiche filling (eggs, cream, mayonnaise, crab, onion, swiss, etc.) was added and baked another 1.5 hours in the slow cooker.

The dessert was a German cherry kuchen bar bought from The Kettel House Bakery.  The bar was delicious, sort of a cherry pie filling on a thick dough, flaky but sweet at the same time.  The top was like a sugar cookie dough.  I should have saved half for later – it was rough on the blood sugar!


Just like Serena, a mounted picture of Jesse goes long on trips.

Despite the worsening condition with the lungs, I had decided to go camping anyway.  It’s not like it would have been tent camping.  Wide open, the heater kept the van at 81 degrees  all night.  Adding to the comfort, I’m now using a “My Pillow” (firm) and love it!  The sleep was warmer and more relaxing than at home.

Though being warm helped to some degree, it was not enough.  This morning I ended up at Urgent Care with a bad case of bronchitis.  It’s been exhausting even to stay up long enough to write this post.  It took several attempts.  Nonetheless, the antibiotics are starting to work.  I also used my own home remedy for the cough – a medium McDonald’s hot chocolate with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream and a shot of butterscotch schnapps.  That killed the cough almost immediately.  It might be a good preventative now and then.  🙂

For now it’s back to bed with the feline doctor, Jennifer.  She’s been fussing over me the last few days.  Somehow our four footed pals know when we are sick.

Take care and thanks for visiting.  Safe and happy travels!

Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

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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"

4 Responses to Camping at Bennett

  1. Jo says:

    Love the little fishermen he fits well on the dash. But sure sorry to hear you are not well. Hope it goes away quickly. would like to see a picture of this little crock pot

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks for the note Jo! I’m bouncing back slowly – still short of breath. Everyone is getting sick around here. I’ll make sure to put a picture of the casserole crock pot on the next post. Take care!

  2. Laurie Stewart says:

    You are my camping hero…I am a wus compared to you!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! The bronchitis is better tonight. It’s been rough for the last week. I had a really fun development this evening that will provide some really tasty camping breakfasts or dinners for months to come. There should be another post by Monday.