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Hello and welcome to the blog today! Last night I camped at the Wapsipinicon State Park in Anamosa. It’s a very short distance from home. The last few days have been busy and I didn’t feel like venturing too far. It turned out to be a good decision! I sure liked camping here.
The first stop on Wednesday was at the little produce stand in Anamosa. I picked up some corn, a super sweet onion, and some fresh garlic. You can’t beat home grown produce!
Shortly after arriving at the campground, Miss Pippy showed up. For a couple hours I called her “Pretty Girl” until a friend on Facebook contacted me. Cathie, the lady who gave me kitty Jennifer, used to work at the nearby country club and would feed “Pippy”. This little kitty lives just across the road and visits the campers. She’s smart!
This wise little kitty girl got some Blue Buffalo dry cat food (which I always keep in the van for such occasions.) She was also my dinner guest once the food was finished on the grill. Like many tortie cats (including my Jenny), Pippy was talkative. I responded with baby talk. We understood each other well enough. I loved those stark white whiskers!
The first activity was to get a nice fire going. Some large stones in the bottom of the fire ring allowed the charcoal to sit higher off the ground; the draft really helped. Due to a recent storm, there were plenty of twigs to plug in around the coals. That cheap charcoal (in the blue and white bag) took off very quickly.
The meal was nothing too unusual. There were several packets of veggies. One contained olive oil, carrots, brussels sprouts, sweet onions, mushrooms, and slices of potatoes. Another was just a steak topping – just mushrooms and onions with some soy sauce. One packet was used for just little cobs of corn. The steak was a thin cut ribeye with roasted mushrooms, onions, and soy sauce. There also blue cheese crumbles on it. I didn’t season the meat very much because some of it went to Pippy. Each time I gave the kitty a chunk, she would take her little piece of meat and run off with it… coming back for more.
Dinner was consumed outside but I had the TV sound cranked up. The Star Trek episode “Balance of Terror” was on. It’s one of the top few faves…. and as fast as dinner was eaten I spent the remainder of the evening in the van. There was another fun video that had been downloaded for the trip. It was about the making of the TV show “The Incredible Hulk”. It was quite interesting!
Sleep was blissful. The humidity was up a little but the temperature was ever so cool. Often I will take a nap after coming home from a trip. Not so this time. After an early departure I popped into work and had a breakfast burrito. That was a mistake… I was asked to work today on my day off. Not gonna happen. I have a liver problem but didn’t tell them.
Like I told friends Angie and Mike, the liver problem is that the catfish are biting and all I can get around here is frozen chicken livers. 🙂 Seriously though, a person has to set boundaries.
That’s about all for now. Thanks for visiting! Safe and happy camping! One more note — the forecast is looking great. Jenny should be going along on an upcoming trip!
Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa