A New Adventure (and job) Beginning Soon!

A motorcycle and dog carrier outside the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa… That dog seemed to enjoy the ride in his “dog house”… 

Hello and welcome to the blog for a short post!  It’s been an eventful day today.  For the last two weeks I’ve been sending out a bunch of resumes and today the phone calls have been pouring in.  I had two outright job offers and two requests for interviews… all within a 3 hour period!  I had to hide in the dark, locked, cramped janitor closet to listen to messages!

Of the inquiries, one was with a company I really want to work for.  There is a lot of potential for longer employment and advancement.  It’s a clerical job but not in the middle of a call center or anything… It will be busy but not overwhelming.  The best part is that the job means full time hours and a doubling of pay, a normal work schedule, and time off.  Like I’ve told friends, “Working in fast food is a stepping stone… but I’ve had too much fun standing in the creek for too long.”  Fast food is just not a living wage… not anywhere even close.  Perhaps things will get better soon!

So where is the new job?  It’s about 40 miles from here – roughly a six gallon use of gas per trip.  But that’s where the Trekker Van will come in handy.  I’m not going to commute every day.  In fact, I plan to travel back and forth every two or three days, sleeping in the van in safe places.  A friend has even offered to let me park in front of his house or during cold months, sleep inside!  I’m also going to look into carpooling.  There are always work-arounds!

Jenny won’t be lonely with me in another town.  While the weather is cool, she’s going to ride along in van and get plenty of walks in the park, sleeping in the easy chair and bed in the van.  It will be an adventure – hopefully a lucrative one – to say the least.  Fishing?   There is a lake nearby with lots of angling and safe places for kitty walks.

The new job and hours also mean the chance to see some new sights, attend festivals, and enjoy life a little more.  Please stay tuned as later in August we begin a combination of van trekking… and “work trekking”.  If anyone can pull this off, Jenny and I will make it happen and have some fun along the way.

Take care and thanks for visiting!

Brad and Jenny H
Jones County, 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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6 Responses to A New Adventure (and job) Beginning Soon!

  1. my_vantasy says:

    Awesome news, although I am a little sad to see you leave where you are now. You’ve been there for some time, but yes, sometimes it has to be about a livable wage. Love the idea of work trekking! I actually did the same in the truck camper for awhile. The Little Dog was happy with it and I am guessing Jenny will be, too. I made your Brad’s Tasty Smoked Catfish in the oven and it was excellent! Sooo easy, too! Definitely keeping that recipe to make again. Thanks for sharing!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! I’m kind of excited and sad at the same time about leaving. When interviewed I was asked what my favorite job was out of all of them I’ve worked. The answer was McDon**d’s… That’s because I started it with the idea I would NEVER have a bad day. Oh, there were some tough ones but never a “bad one” (purely a state of mind at times!) I can take that happiness to the next place!

      I think Jenny will do well with Daddy and the work trekking. I’m glad you liked the catfish! I sure have enjoyed the fish this year and hope to get some more. Take care and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jo says:

    This all sounds wonderful Brad. I’m excited for you. Wishing you the best on this new journey in life. Keep us informed on how things are working out for you.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Things are starting to fall into place. A friend has offered to let me crash on his couch whenever I need to. I can also camp in front of his house. But the plan is to only camp 2-3 days a week and mix it up a little bit with sleeping at places like Anytime Fitness, etc. It will work! All that’s left is to finish the criminal background check and it’s smoother sailing. 🙂

  3. Laurie says:

    Congrats and I hope it is great for you! I had a job once that about doubled the pay i was used to …it was so great to be able to have that cash for extras without worrying about every little thing. Good Luck!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Laurie and thanks for the note. Oh, you sure summed it up… every little thing! Last week it was decided to not buy groceries in order to save enough for gas in case of another interview. I’ll be so glad when this financial low tide has passed. 🙂 🙂 VT