Heat Wave Coming

Hello and welcome to the blog.  It’s been a busy, busy week… and no camping was able to happen.

We’re looking at 98 degree weather over the upcoming weekend… and just in time for it the blower motor on my car to bite the dust.  Cobalts are a bit of a pain to work on at times but I decided to fix it now rather than not have air conditioning.  What a job!  In order to remove the old blower a person had to use a razor knife to cut the old motor out before bolting a replacement into position.

Partially removed blower motor being cut from the housing… Not a fun job!

If that was not bad enough, the car immediately broke down after fixing the blower motor.  An adjuster fell out of the left rear brake… I’d not tightened it up enough after replacing the shoes…  There went a couple of hours to run into town, get a replacement “star wheel” and install it.  All of this was going on while I had been planning to camp!  Oh well… Sometimes it is just as fun to stay home and fix stuff.  🙂

After finishing the car repairs, I was pausing for a Diet Coke at McDonald’s around 9:00 PM.  A bus pulled in carrying a load of high school aged boys from a softball team.  Though this is stereotyping a bit… If there is a school bus full of girls we sell pop, smoothies, or ice cream….  But a group teen male athletes means a lot of cooking.  I punched in and ran the fryers and grills to help out for the sudden rush.  It was fun… even though it happened on a “day off”.    🙂

After sleeping late this morning I tended to the plants in the herb garden.  Remember Myrtle, the sickly basil plant?

She had lost most of her leaves due to frost but you wouldn’t know it now looking at the picture above.  The plant is recovering nicely and should provide plenty of batches of pesto sauce.  Her partner plant, “Basil” is doing well.  I’ve also added two Thai pepper plants named “Angus” and “Agnes” as well as a rosemary plant named…   “Rose Marie”.  It’s fun naming them, talking to them, and watching the vegetation quickly grow.


Well summer is finally upon us – at least meteorologically speaking.  With the weather warming into the upper 90s, it’s going to be hard on the trout I so often fish for.  Many will die from a lack of oxygen in the warm water.  Numerous creeks will not be stocked until things cool off around September.  Even if a person does catch a few fish, they get mushy during the warm months.  It will be nice to enjoy other activities.

Grandma Harris (right) and myself about 40 years ago… with a load of trout… in the summer of 77.

More camping will (hopefully) happen next week.  I’ve got some ideas for new camping dishes to try.  There are some different campgrounds to visit as well.  There might even be a little catfishing action on the next outing… We’ll have to see how things work out.

For now, it’s going to be a super busy weekend at work.  Take care!  Safe and happy travels!

Bradford and Jenny
Anamosa, 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 Heat Wave Coming

  1. my_vantasy says:

    It’s a shame you didn’t get to go camping, but I love your positive attitude. Looking forward to the food you take next trip. We’re planning our first outing the weekend after Father’s Day and will be packing more traditional fare. One trip this summer, I will be taking sushi for an unusual, but easy camping lunch!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! I love the idea of sushi. That stuff is so delicious! Enjoy the outing!

      I’m planning to camp on Wednesday… This time it looks like some Italian cooking. It’s been a while since pasta and I bought some nice fat shrimp. It’s funny how heat can cut back on the appetite a bit.. It’s 93 here with high humidity… ugg… 🙂 🙂

  2. Jo says:

    At least you can fix your own vehicles saves you a lot of money.
    And to chip in on that instant crowd from a bus. I would have made a bee line for the door. haha
    When we have weather in the 90’s its party time. we have been anywhere for 104 – 107 already and I really was hoping to not be here for that. But hey it’s a dry heat for now.

    Hope you get to go camping and have a great time.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo. I hear ya about making a bee line for the door. It’s cool how the young kids look up to an older person to keep a level head during the crazy rushes… It’s been fun gaining their respect and building teamwork.

      Here’s the plan for Wednesday – There is a butterfly garden run by the state of Iowa within an hour or so of home. I’m planning to visit a cool eatery, spend some time with the butterflies, cook a really tasty Italian dinner, and camp for free on the way home… It will be 90 (ugg) and that’s with high humidity… Oh well. 🙂 🙂 Take care!

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