The weather has been miserable this week. My options are to hunker down or get out with the van and explore. I choose explore and it’s…well…it’s a struggle. Campsites have morphed into gross, muddy tire-sinking bogs. Humidity in the van has officially hit greenhouse levels. And it’s clear that if I just stay in the van and look out the window, I’ll stay fed-up. Oh, and I hate driving in rain. My default is to pull over and wait for it to pass.
But I also hate being a grumpy jerk face, so I:
- Went to a pop-up yoga class at a library (apparently you can find them in any city)
- Had a delicious eggplant something from a Thai restaurant
- Ending up camping at First Landing State Park
- Grabbed an umbrella and found a path that led to the beach
- Caught up with some of my new favorite blogs
- Updated my planner for next month (I’m a planner nerd. It’s ridic)**
- Watched some Netflix
- Organized genealogy files for a friend (post coming soon eventually)
**Okay, so about that planning thing. I hadn’t planned on overnighting. Don’t blame me. The van says, “go,” I go. A van = the freedom to get out and go when.ev.er.
For longer trips, here are some rainy day campervan ideas:
- Bust out a deck of cards or a card based game (less space than a board game).
- Cook something from the back of the pantry. We all have that one can of What-Was-I-Thinking in the back of the cupboard.
- Plan your route with paper maps.
- Journal your latest adventure and/or write postcards to friends and family.
- Visit the local museums.
- Go to an amusement park. Trust me. For non coasterheads, theme parks are AMAZING in the rain. Hardly anyone is in the park. That means no lines for the indoor rides, no lines for the shows, no lines for food, no lines for beer. This could be the best thing you’ve never tried.
- Use the time to organize your pictures.
- Make rain days your gym or laundry days.
- Netflix! Duh.
- Get out your phone and take some pictures. Rainy days make for wonderful memories too.