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"

Anamosa Christmas Tree Walk

 

Pianist playing Christmas carols

Hello and welcome to the blog!  For those email subscribers, I’m sorry for the deleted posting last night.  I’d started a new post and hit “publish” by mistake…

Friday and Saturday I visited the Tree Walk at the Anamosa Lawrence Rec Center.  The whole gym was decorated and included dozens of Christmas trees from various businesses, churches, and other organizations.  Visitors were treated to fruit punch and free cookies while invited to sit down for a bit and listen to music.

Some of the dozens of decorated Christmas trees.

A Peanuts Christmas display.

 

Even the Grinch made an appearance.

 

Farm family display. It looked very realistic.

Soups, sandwiches and various other items were for sale including Christmas gifts, baked goods, etc.  All the while live music was playing in the background.  Friday night there was a man singing and playing a guitar.  Today it was piano music.  At one point there will be choir singing.

Cookies from the Methodist Church

On the way out, there were a number of tables set up in the hallway containing many dozens of the most beautiful Christmas cookies.  They were $1 each or 12 for $8.  I was going to buy 6 but for a couple bucks more a dozen seemed like a good investment and a great way to help out a fundraiser.

Cookies for my lunches this week. It’s Saturday and they’re eaten ahead till about Wednesday.   🙂

It was a fun experience seeing the trees and talking with town friends including fishing buddy Steve.  A friend whose wife is in the nursing home was there.  He’s kind of sad but enjoyed meeting with his coffee buddies.  The spirit was warm and friendly.  Anamosa is a great place to live.


When’s Santa coming?

That’s about all that’s new.  Jenny and Duke are doing great and up to mischief.  Plans are starting to come together for a Christmas eve dinner and church service… and a Christmas dinner with good friends.

Take care and thanks for visiting.  Happy Holidays and enjoy the time with family and friends!

Brad, Jenny, and Duke
Jones County, Iowa