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!

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"
Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Hung Out to Dry Today

  1. my_vantasy says:

    Mondays and Tuesdays will be great camping days! All of the weekend warriors will be back at work and you should have the place to yourselves. Looking forward to hearing about the trip you and Jenny will take.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi and thanks for the note. It will be a lot of fun taking her out this fall. She’s a feisty little girl. On the next outing I’m going to cook up your ideas. The steak on a stick and blooming onion ideas really sound appealing!

  2. Pam in Louisiana says:

    I love clothes that are dried outside too, especially sheets. That’s a sweet picture of Jenny, I’ll bet she longs to be outside so she could show those bees just what she’d do to the rascals! Cooler weather is coming your way, get outside and enjoy it!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Pam! Jenny is a handful. She’s crawling all over me (wanting another chance outside – she goes three times a day for her walks). Kitties don’t understand that Saturday night is “Star Trek” night. 🙂 She will have a lot of fun this fall. It will be cooler soon! I’m already thinking of some delicious, hearty recipes to eat while relaxing among the colorful leaves. Take care and thanks for visiting! 🙂

  3. Jo says:

    I miss drying close outside too. We can’t do that here either. You sure made that dryer work for you. I hope it cools down a little more here so I can go camping soon.
    This recipe your going to make sounds interesting can’t wait to see what it is.
    Love the picture of Jenny looking out the window over those pretty purple flowers

    • VanTrekker says:

      Good morning Jo! It’s cooling here. I’m looking forward to going out next week. I sure hope it works out for you to camp soon!

      There is eclipse mania going on in this area at the moment. A tiny portion of Iowa will see a total eclipse tomorrow – 90& around here. People are heading across Iowa to view the event. The only problem is that it’s looking like rain and a high probability of clouds tomorrow. LOL. I canceled the plan to go in the morning. 🙂

      Take care! Gotta take Jenny out for a walk. She is getting anxious. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *