Hung Out to Dry Today

Mother Nature does a better job than the Maytag dryer!

Hello and welcome!

I didn’t get to camp this week.  It’s been a little hectic around here… at times.  On the upside, the work schedule is getting re-aligned to meet business needs.  It means Mondays and Tuesdays off in the future.  Two days in a row means some fall camping and some lovely two day trips to trout country during the spectacular fall season.  That means beautiful leaf pictures in the coming days.

Jungletown – 15 minutes east-southeast of Anamosa

It was possible to do a little fishing this week at a new place 15 minutes from home along the Wapsipinicon River.  I caught a gar and a couple of sheephead.  Sadly, I did not know how to clean the gar (tough body armor scales) and the fish was donated to the local possums / skunks for supper.  The sheep head (freshwater drum) were delicious!  I also caught a large turtle on wiener bait (cheap hot dogs soaked in vinegar and garlic) but the guy was able to bust the line and get back in the water after I’d brought him ashore…  “S*iiiiiit!” was the only thing I could say!

So Friday’s project was to erect a collapsible clothesline.  There used to be a clothing umbrella here at the home base.  Someone broke the metal pipe off at ground level.  Once the new clothes dryer arrived, I noticed there were two poles that interlocked (one had a tapered end on it).  Well, the tapered end also fit perfectly into the broken pipe in the ground.  Since I was using the tapered end for the wrong purpose, the problem was how to get the two equal pipes to butt together in the middle (since there was no longer a tapered piece in the center).  Another wrinkle (sorry – bad pun) is that the whole assembly has to be removed after each use – the trailer court isn’t fond of clothes drying racks and mine is the first trailer in the court!  “People might see it” (the clothes line) I was told.

Old pipe broken off

I bought a piece of schedule 40 (the sturdy stuff) PVC pipe to put into the middle of the two pipes.  Wrapping with the tape every few inches, it was possible to shim the PVC to fit snugly into other portions of the metal mast… voila!  It’s not perfect but eventually I will either change to steel pipe or just fill the PVC inner tube with concrete.

18″ long and wrapped every few inches with tape as a “shim”

Oh, it feels so good to wear clean clothes that have that fresh air smell!  It also means less wear and tear during the drying process.

For now it is time to head back in to the hamburger place and make some money.  It’s sure been fun there the last few months… with no end in sight.  While things are slowing down a bit as school starts, it just means getting redeployed to other duties.  If one is willing to work there are always hours available.

I am planning to do some camping toward the end of this month.  Long range forecasts are predicting highs of 72 and 78 a little over a week from now.  I’ve got some new *free* camping places in mind in NE Iowa near Decorah.  It’s been great taking advantage of no-cost overnight sites.  Hopefully in September Jenny can resume coming along on the outings.  She loves playing – even on a leash – and we’ll have a blast

Take care and thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy camping!

Bradford and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

Remember the song… “I’m lookin’ for a baby bumble bee” ?? Well, she knows where to find them!

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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"

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