Van Ready for Fun This Spring

They kind of reminded me of the Necco pink wintergreen candies from the 1970s.. but I’d not recommend eating them! 🙂


Hello and welcome to the blog today.  It looks like the van’s cooling system is again sealed and there have been no leaks since Thursday. Once the tablets were added it took a short drive before they did the trick… and there have been no problems since.  I’ve been unable to isolate quite what was the problem but I suspect it was a pinhole in the radiator…  But as far as I can tell, the van is reliable enough to resume camping and fishing activities — just in time for spring!

Out and about fishing this morning….

Monday morning was spent near home at the Wapsipinicon River close to where Highway 151 passes over.  There are a lot of Northern Pike and Walleye in this stretch of the river.  I’ll be spending much time in this area this year angling for a variety of species… often near the historic Hale bridge.

The Hale Bridge was originally located near Hale, Iowa, south east of Anamosa.  It was completed in 1879.  Once it was retired in 2006, the structure was relocated to the Wapsipinicon State Park in Anamosa.  Just above the bridge Fawn Creek feeds into the river.  This is one of the premier spots in the area for angling.  Once you get down the steep hill the bank is flat and there is plenty of room to move around.  Looks like a fun place to set up a chair and do some late night catfishing.

Sadly, no fish were caught today.  The river was high, swift, and muddy; the last of the ice was breaking up and floating downstream.  I tried to fly the drone but for some reason it suddenly failed and crash landed in the river right next to the bank.  I fished the quadcopter out in time but it will likely become a parts machine used to keep the others going.  That’s why I buy cheap toy grade drones!    🙂

On the way out, I fell really hard, landing on the left knee and putting a ton of stress on the left hip.  The knee is skinned and bruised but other than wounded pride, I seemed to fare better than the drone did!  It was still a fun little outing though… I’m excited for spring fishing weather.  There’s already a vacation scheduled for early April in trout country.

Today’s fortune cookie

After a quick nap this morning, buddy Jamie came to town and picked me up.  We headed to Iowa City for lunch at a favorite Chinese restaurant and combed some pet stores and thrift stores.  We also hit an Oriental grocery store.  I was thrifty and didn’t spend much money, other than getting a box of Oolong Tea and a packet of Lemon sauce for a future camping trip. It was sure a fun time.  We all need those now and then!

Twins? About the same weight and good looks!

That’s about it for now.  Spring is just around the bend.  We’re going to miss out on a nasty storm and the good weather is taking hold.  Other things that were troublesome this winter are improving and the old saying is true – things will always get better eventually.

If there is one  pearl of wisdom I’d impart it would be…  “When you are ‘up shit creek without a paddle’, throw a line in and try to grab a catfish or two while waiting…”   I guess that’s the “light” for the “candles” referred to by the fortune cookie.  🙂

Take care and thanks for visiting.  I hope to be camping very soon.   Safe and happy travels to all the camping friends.  Thanks for reading along… As always, please let me know if you’d like a link to your own blog or are interested in doing a guest post.

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"

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