We’ve now been living our caravan for more than 6 months and I don’t think either of us have had a moments regret.
We’re learning to slow down, but it doesn’t come easy, we have to work at it. We’ve been used to driving for 10 – 12 hours a day to get to a holiday destination. We still sometimes drive for more than 6 hours on a day but try to remind ourselves there’s no need to do that. There’s plenty of roadside free camp areas to stay in, and we’re finding these useful. With good ones only a couple of hours apart, it makes driving distances easy, and they’re great places to stay in. We’re even starting staying at particularly nice ones for a couple of nights.
We’re mixing our trip up with free camps, national parks, cheap caravan parks and really nice parks. Each has it’s own beauty, or convenience. The caravan parks are best for convenience, the free camps and national parks are best for beauty, and making friends. In caravan parks people keep to themselves more.
Part of our plan has evolved take a ‘life of Riley day, a couple of times a week. A ‘life of Riley day, is one when we won’t use the car, and we won’t go exploring or sight seeing, or shopping. We took one of these days in a road side place on route to Katherine, and just pottered around the caravan for a day. Paul washed the van and car, and I did some cleaning inside. We read, and did puzzles and played cards, and watched the birds. None of it was rushed, and we only did what we felt like doing. It was great!
We’re currently in Katherine, only a few hours south of Darwin, and will stay here a few days. The days are around 30, and it was cold and good for sleeping over night. We’ll go and see the hot springs in town today, and probably do a boat trip up the Katherine gorges tomorrow before heading for Humpty Doo, probably the next day. We may do a dinner at the local museum tomorrow night where they have a story teller who is apparently very funny.