What is it With Wednesdays?

More lovely Iowa weather… all illuminated by lightning.

Good evening and welcome!  This photo was taken at 8:45 PM… a time when it is normally quite bright outside.  We had a severe thunderstorm move in a few minutes ago.  To the north of town this storm spawned funnel clouds.  Once again I opted to cancel the planned camping trip and stay home.  The small thunderstorm passed directly over our little town covering only about 1/4th of the county.  We had 70 MPH winds and hail about the size of nickels.  The van was safe under the carport.  The car didn’t sustain any damage, thankfully.

I was taking Jenny for a walk as the storm moved in.  She was unusually anxious to go back in the house just seconds before the violent winds hit.

Why do we keep getting crazy weather on Wednesdays?  Oh well, at least it didn’t disrupt any fireworks displays.  🙂


Jessica (cat lover) and Bre (always smiling)

Shannon (an art major) and Cory (only pretending to look grim)







The job has been super busy the last few weeks with summer in full swing.  I really enjoy working with the kids at the Golden Arches.  We manage to have a lot of fun while getting the burgers out.  Above are some of the buddies.  Originally hired as a lobby person, I also run six other work stations when needed… often helping these kids when things get busy.

In addition to receiving a paycheck and some great deals on food, it’s been possible to earn extra camping / fishing money.  I’ve been picking up lost coins in the drive-thru lane… as well as gathering discarded cans and bottles from the property.  Each is worth a nickel refund for the can/bottle deposit.  I’ve also been awarded $40 in bonuses for customer compliments!  All these extra $$$ go into the camping fund.  🙂


Jenny also gets a little treat from McDonald’s each night.  I bring her a few ice cubes for her new toy – a water fountain that looks somewhat like … the porcelain throne.  Water passes through a charcoal filter so it is constantly clean and fresh.  The fountain will come in handy while Daddy is out in the boonies.

If everything works out well, I’m hoping to do some camping next Wednesday; the extended forecast looks favorable.  Only time will tell!  It is likely that the destination will be up north somewhere in trout oountry.

There are some new ideas for camping meals, including using a new cooking pan that I won on Deal Dash, the online penny auction site.  More about that on the next post.

Take care and have a good rest of the week.  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 What is it With Wednesdays?

  1. Pam in Louisiana says:

    That is one bad looking cloud! I read somewhere that cats can feel the static electricity on their fur from lightening and that is what really makes them scared of storms, not the sound of thunder. I’m not 100% sure of that but it does make sense in a way. I had to chuckle about you picking change up from the drive through area at work, my husband would try to beat you to it! Both of us are ‘pick up a coin” collectors, as well as cans. We get paid by the pound for cans here in Louisiana, not per can. I’ll bet Jenny loves her fountain, our cats really like theirs. I hope you can get away on that camping/fishing trip. It’s just too hot to camp out here without paying for electric. We try to make up for it in the cooler months though! And congratulations on the bonus at work! That looks like some really nice co-workers you have. It makes a job so much nicer when everyone works together.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks for the note Pam! I can only imagine what it is like in Louisiana. We have had a lot of bad storms here… Just had another very small one with lots of lightning around 3 this morning… What is sleep? Just got back – I was taking Jenny for a walk and she wriggled out of the harness and I had to walk nearly 1/4 mile to get her to come back… She’s a feisty girl!

      It’s looking like next week will work out. It’s going to be another scorcher on Wednesday but it’s better than staying home. Not sure of the destination yet till I read the fishing report. 🙂 Take care and thank you!

  2. Jo says:

    That is one big black cloud. You are getting some healthy storms but to bad it is cutting into your camping and fishing. We are getting lots of dry lighting so lots of fires. So all camping is out of the question until maybe fall now.
    Looks like a nice crew you get to work with . And what a great way to gather extra money for camping. I just read that some quarters I believe from the 70’s are worth some big money. Maybe you can google it and find out which ones. Figures I just put about $40. worth in the bank.

    Good luck with better weather for that camping trip.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo. Next week is looking better although there are still storms predicted. I’ve been staying up figuring out where to fish and camp for free. It’s going to be 91 and muggy (ugg) on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. (Fall and winter are most welcome!) Take care and have a good night!