Camping with Miss Pippy at the Wapsi Park

The bugs were not bad so I relaxed with a door open and a TV show running…   🙂


Note:  I am sorry for update emails not going out.  The IT company who hosts this blog, forced me to spend money to migrate to a new server — their own upgrade!  They screwed up things pretty badly and I’m having a difficult time getting the emails and other stuff to work again.  My sincere apologies to the regular readers!   Please keep checking back for updates.    🙂


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!


Ladies selling fresh produce on Main Street in Anamosa.


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!


Miss Pippy, a fellow camping enthusiast.


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.


Miss Pippy watching me get set up to camp.


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.


Food cooked outside always seems to taste better!


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

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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"

6 Responses to Camping with Miss Pippy at the Wapsi Park

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    Those veggies look really good and added to your meal was making me want some.
    Looks like a nice campground and I’m glad you enjoyed the outing.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo and thanks for the note! I’m probably going camping on Tuesday. The weather is very cool here at the moment. In the meantime there is a big snapping turtle in my front yard – a gift – and I’m going to process it in a few minutes. It’s not in a very good mood. 🙂 Take care! Glad your notes are posting okay. It might just be a timing issue or browser refresh – the notes do seem to be showing up successfully.

  2. my_vantasy says:

    Hello! The Little Dog and I have been out of state camping–finally!–so we have missed some of your recent posts. It rained six of the eight days and nights we were out. The other two days and nights were 95 degrees with 99% humidity, but we were thankful to be camping. You are a cat magnet! And your plate of vegetables looks awesome! Now to go back and read what I have missed recently. Happy Campers here!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! It sounds like you and The Little Dog have been having fun! I hear you about the heat and humidity. We sure need a little of that rain. With work it’s not as easy finding camping time. I hope to do a post again soon. With a 9AM sstart time each day, it’s possible to slip a trip in there now and then. There’s also a Sept 6 overnighter planned for a special event. Take care!

  3. John says:

    I saw your note at the beginning. I was wondering what happened when I had eleven posts all show up at once in my email last night! Hopefully, they got the server issue fixed.

    I’ll send you a email soon as to our status. We won’t get out of here by the 16th, but soon after. This 30+° weather doesn’t suit our style!

    Travel safe!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi John! I hope this server thing is fixed. It’s been a pain in the butt since GoDaddy made me migrate. I think it’s all running now but am not sure if I lost some of the email list. The other fear is that it I try to move the old list in it might bombard more people with postings. Ugggg…. Gotta love technology. Take care! The van is not leaking and more and I’m hoping to get some good fishing in. Talk to you soon! — VT and Jenny and Duke