Camper Fever: Three Days of Rain!

August 1, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Camper Life

It is raining.




Okay, maybe not forever, but it’s beginning to feel like it. Living in a tiny camper, rainy days are days where we tend to batten down the hatches, snuggle into our corners and make the best of it.

  • We trip over each other.
  • We have to take turns standing up and moving around.
  • An extra measure of patience and a sense of humor is required.
  • The first day is kind of fun.
  • The second day is an adventure.
  • The third day, as the pitter patter on our tin roof wakes us I want to pull the covers over my head, thinking, “Not again!!”

So what does a family of six do on rainy days in an 18 ft long camper for three days?

  1. Drive: It seems the time passes more quickly when the scenery is changing.

What do we do when we’ve arrived and we still have rainy days to spend?

  1. Read: Incessantly, voraciously
  2. Play: Games, together, separately, in the real world on the table top, or board games on the iPad (god bless the guy who made the Life and Monopoly and Scrabble Apps for traveling families like ours!)
  3. Write: Thankfully, all of the children love to write, they have stories in their heads that they’re pouring out and filling pages with.
  4. Work: Rainy days are good days to tuck into hours of work that need doing.
  5. Music: Listen to it or make it, depending.
  6. Movies: Rainy days are often movie days and the kids look forward to that (the first day!)
  7. Eat: We munch on rainy days. Cheese plates and wine to potato chips and soda water.
  8. Draw
  9. Escape!!

Yesterday’s escape: Laundry.

Today’s escape: the lovely library in Kaitaia, complete with huge tree in the center and tree house reading room where the children can pile up with books and snuggle in with space and comfort to spare. There is internet, so some of us can work. There’s even a coffee shop and a little museum.

Here’s hoping that tomorrow the weather clears off and we can make the final trek north to Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.

What do you do on rainy days when you have cabin fever?