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"

Thanksgiving Plans and the Cookie Monster

My little cookie monster trying to get into the Thanksgiving treat.

Hello and welcome to the blog.  This will be a pretty short post.  I’m sitting at McDonalds using the free wi-fi and buddy Steve just walked in.

Sis sent this beautiful turkey shaped basket of cookies from the North Carolina Cookie Company.  They are heavenly.  Keeping Jenny from chewing the basket was a challenge!  The cookies included are sort of an oatmeal raisin flavor.  They are going to go along on the next camping trip.

Work has been hectic and we’ve been short handed.  I may have to work Thanksgiving so the next camping trip will happen on Monday and Tuesday.  There won’t be any fishing this time but there should be some really good food enjoyed.  Jenny, the “Cookie Monster” will likely go along.

Since work isn’t opening until 4PM on Thanksgiving, there are lots of free dinners in the area.  I might go to the one locally where a bunch of the town’s friends will be enjoying a good meal.  We’ll have to see.  Otherwise, I know a lot of really good restaurants in the area – maybe a road trip will happen.

This last week has been difficult.  This cold bug has hit with a vengeance.  Within a few hours I went from a tickle in the throat to full blown bronchitis.  The fever / sore throat / aches / sinuses / stomach issues / were so bad I missed 1/2 day of work.  Things are getting better slowly but it’s been an uphill battle.  The weather has been crazy this year and everyone is getting run down and sick.

There should be something fun to try for breakfast on the upcoming camping trip.  A buddy of mine had some venison made into rope sausage.  He offered to trade the venison for the trout.  Being sick, I’d never gotten the last fish used up so they had been frozen.  It’s fun to trade some game back and forth.

Gotta run for now.  Thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy travels next week!  We’ll be out and about.

Brad and Jenny
Anamosa, Iowa