Happy Independence Day to All!

Hi and welcome to the blog! ** Happy Independence Day ** to all!
Thank you to the brave men and women of America who served
and continue to serve this country and keep us free!


Last Monday was spent with buddy aka “Little Brother” Johnnie in Muscatine, Iowa. We had some delicious ice cream, drove around town seeing the sights, and had a lot of fun.   I took Johnnie to Dollar Tree to do some shopping for cool items and things to use around the house.


Johnnie Lynn on the left and Brad. He’s a Golden Girls nut. Johnnie’s “Boo Boo” cat and Duke could be twin brothers.


Later that evening I cooked a big meatloaf – Johnnie’s favorite – using a favorite recipe at the home base. The instructions will be shared in a future camping post.  I had to come back later Monday evening but enjoyed a night away in the van to see some stars and good friends.  Johnnie and I agreed we need to get together more often.

Though I didn’t get to take many pictures around Muscatine, there was much to see in Cedar County, the county that is south and east of home.


Beautiful patriotic barn south of Clarence, Iowa on county road x-64. The tree obscured the face of the statue of liberty.


Near Clarence, Iowa


Another view of that barn.


Left side of the large mural in Clarence, Iowa. Clarence has the Union Pacific train line passing a block to the left of this beautiful picture.


The rest of that beautiful mural in Clarence.


A dedicated Elvis fan. Even the flag on the porch has a photo of “The King”. This was on the main street (Highway 30) in Clarence.


Yet another cool mural about fifteen minutes to the west in the town of Mechanicsville (just east of Mount Vernon).


And lastly, this scary picture…  The shirt came from the Heroes and Icons network
store…   (HandI.com)  They play Star Trek six days per week!


New Star Trek Captain’s shirt. It’s better than a red shirt. (The guys in red shirts were often killed in episodes!) And no, that’s not a wig. 🙂


Thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy camping!

Brad and Jenny and Mister 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"

4 Responses to Happy Independence Day to All!

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    I love the murals, fantastic artist. We have some around town here to but I never thought to take pictures for some reason.
    Glad you and Johnie had a great time together.
    Stay well

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo and thanks for the note! It was a blast. I’m headed out to get new tires and visit Jim at the pond. Someone caught another massive turtle and that’s gonna mean some tasty Cajun style meals. It’s hotter than the devil’s dining room these days, making camping difficult. But there is still fun stuff to do! Take care!

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