Pinned up in the van is the above list of things. Mr BOTRA and I think of the lines of this verse as our ‘to do’ list when we are on trips in the van.
Our plans for our [hoped for] long and happy retirement are to spend lots of time on campervan trips and doing all the things on this list.
This list is not ours it is one of those oft quoted things you find on a fridge magnet or a postcard but it does nicely summarise the things we like to do on our campervan trips.
Walk in the rain – or [hopefully] in the sun, or the wind; whatever the weather we will just walk [or cycle] every day. We will walk up mountains, along valleys, traverse ridges, follow coastlines and explore towns and cities, at walking pace we can really appreciate the great outdoors. When we were away in the van for a year in 2009/10 (blog here) we walked most days, slept well and were fitter and healthier than we had ever been.
Smell flowers – There is no better display than the one nature provides and I always take time to smell the flowers [and watch the birds and animals], as well as try and identify what they are with the books we have in the ‘van … sometimes this is very hard.
Stop along the way – In a campervan there is really no rush and no excuse not to stop and explore whatever we find because being in the ‘van is part of the fun and the journey. Sometimes these unscheduled stops take you to unexpected and interesting places.
Build sandcastles – Or beach comb, or bird watch or just more walking but on beaches.
Go on field trips – For me every day in the ‘van is a field trip and the blog is my field note book. When I was a geography student the field trips were my favourite part of the course and I picked modules to maximise the number of trips I took part in. Field trips are about taking everything in, observing, experiencing and soaking in the sounds, tastes, history, smells and stories of a place.
Find out how things work – I will admit to a liking for interpretation boards and Mr BOTRA reads these avidly. I am also addicted to looking things up on Google. As far as I am concerned, every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
Tell stories – To each other and to others [when they will listen].
Say the magic words -These must be ‘Let’s go camping!’ I say these all the time.
Trust the universe – Okay, this is a bit dippy, I trust it to just keep expanding and be there.