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"

Camping Delayed – Another Wednesday Tornado!

Note — Suggestions needed for the next camping meal. Please see details below.  Thanks a bunch!  — V.T.

 

Hello and welcome to the blog.  On Wednesdy night we had another round of very bad weather in Iowa, and again right in the heart of “trout country”.  The bad storms were predicted early and the camping plans were canceled.  It’s good to be cautious.

The photo above came from the town of McGregor, a beautiful old river town along the Mississippi in Clayton County.  Just a mile to the north is the town of Marquette where I had to take cover a week ago; a tornado visited the area where I was about to camp just 10 minutes to the south!  Thankfully nobody was injured in the storm last night.

Other areas were affected by this latest blast of severe weather.  The four far NE counties of Iowa – Fayette, Allamakee, Winneshiek, and Clayton Counties – were all damaged and declared disaster areas.  Iowans are resilient.  Debris is being cleared and no lives were lost, thank goodness!  Mother Nature is going to calm down this weekend and the streams will be returning to normal.  Life will go on.


Sheryl Crow singing “All I wanna do is have some fun….” at the Jones County fair in 2013.

Well, at the moment the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello (10 miles north of here) is in full swing.  It’s boosting business in a big way at work.  I’m picking up extra hours each night cleaning and cooking as we stay open extended hours.   I decided to skip the fair.  Between admission, the cost of food, the heat, the crowds, etc… it’s too much.  Surprisingly, a lot of kids I work with aren’t going either.

But as soon as the commotion is over this weekend, “all I wanna do is have some fun” as Sheryl Crow would say.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a funnel cake… with maybe a lower sugar triple berry filling?

The next camping trip (Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon) will include a camping dinner of “fair food”.  It’s always fun to think up new dishes to make, but now I’m going to ask friends to offer their suggestions!   I can deep fry, grill, etc. just about anything.  Does anyone have any “fair food” ideas?  (Anything goes except for dill pickles – they make me puke)   It would be fun to cook up something new and post it here.  Iowa fair food is notoriously unhealthy and often deep fried…  Please give me some ideas!  🙂

For now it’s back to work…  I’m doing an extra Midnight – 2 AM shift each night to clean after the fair-goers descend and destroy…   It’s job security.  🙂  🙂  🙂

Thanks for visiting.  Safe and happy travels!

Bradford and Serena
Jones County, Iowa