Post Holiday Camping Celebration

Hello and welcome to the blog! The holidays were a blur. Now it’s time to relax a little and catch up with the camping and blog reading. But first, some good news!

I’ve been sitting on this news for a couple of weeks. Where I work we have an employee of the month award for people who go the extra mile, have excellent attendance, and are an example to others. To win the “Employee of the Month”, it has to be a unanimous vote by all managers. I was chosen for January 2020. That really meant a lot! Besides a gold star for the uniform, a cake, and a nice letter, there was also a cool Walmart gift card which was used to buy yarn and some fishing supplies! The timing for an outdoor getaway was perfect.



Despite having several days off, I decided to camp near home due to multiple doctors’ appointments this week; it’s been hectic. The state park in Anamosa is now a favorite place and at this time of the year it is deserted…and is cheap! We’d had a light dusting of snow on Friday but most of it had melted off. With highs in the 40s, the weather was perfect!



After arriving at the campground, I noticed a car belonging to Ken, one of the friends from here in town. He was bartending at the country club located just 500 or so feet away. A drink sounded like a great idea!




Ken works at several different local places and is one of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet. I whooped it up and enjoyed two Diet Sierra Mist sodas. The country club is a great place to hang out for a pop (or an inexpensive meal) without the chaos one finds at some of the other drinking establishments.


The view at the campground was exquisite as the early January sun hastily set around 5:15 PM. The scenery was relaxing as the pin oak trees arched over the driveway as if trying to reach toward the pines. A cool breeze gently whispered through the area.



Supper was a bowl of Cullen Skink, a Scottish fish chowder made with “finnan haddie” (smoked haddock). It is delightful… but pungent, too! The can of soup was a gift from the owner of the restaurant franchise. What an ideal dish to enjoy during this happy time!

Pictured with that favorite [and now empty!] soup bowl are the needlework projects for the night. These two potholders were crocheted in the van using the same skein of yarn – each taking about two hours to complete. Crochet has been a great “busy work” this winter when it’s been preferable to be inside!


The sleep was blissful and comfortable. The breakfast meal was something I’ve been eating a lot of at home. Fareway Grocery store sells little asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon. I like to grill them up, add a few hash browns and some eggs. It’s easy to cook in the campground over a burner or even in a George Foreman grill!


That’s about all that’s new right now. I’m feeling much better these days and look forward to camping and fishing in 2020! A friend recently gave me a cool to take fishing. I’ll show a picture of that in the next post.

In closing, I wanted to mention a Bible verse that Sis’ friend had shown her. While a person has to read it in the right context, it’s true what this verse is saying! It’s best to focus on today and addressing its challenges instead of dwelling on what tomorrow could bring!

Take care and thanks for visiting! Safe and happy camping travels!

Bradford 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"

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