It was great to catch up with friends Geoff and Pauline today – staying just up the road at the NZMCA Drop-In Rally. With 90 or so vans on site, it was quite a gathering. We walked around the grounds, peering at the different vans till we found them.
We were warmly welcomed and once Charlie the Schnauzer had barked a greeting (or maybe a warning?) at us, he settled down nicely. Until one of the many other dogs at the camp came trotting past – then Charlie got all of a-quiver and he really, really wanted to go and play doggy games with them.
Just like our Romany Rambler, people often name their caravans and motor-homes something quite pertinent and meaningful. Just like this one – there is sure to be a story in this.
With Foxton Beach practically on our doorstep, we felt we really should go down and check it out. The car park was full with cars, campervans and several large passenger buses. We never did find out where the buses were from, or what kind of group had been transported to Foxton Beach.
People were everywhere, on the beach, in the water, walking up and down the pathways to the beach. Wet swim suits were deftly removed from tiny bodies, followed by a brisk rub of a beach towel, then the kids were helped into their shorts and tee shirts.
Rain clouds were rolling in from the north and the big fat drops put a damper on our beach watching. There was only one thing for it – we purchased a hokey-pokey ice-cream (New Zealand’s number one favourite flavour) from the ice-cream van in the car park and sat in the car eating our delicious creamy treat as the rain came down.
Motor vehicles are allowed on the beach, but can access the beach at designated entry points only. Speed is restricted to 30km and cars are permitted to drive on hard beach sand only. Going on soft sand or into the surf at their peril, one would think. Foxton Beach is part of the Coastal Reserves, and the sand dunes are under protection. Beach Wardens make daily patrols to make this a safe area for all.
The afternoon weather couldn’t decide if it was going to be sunny or wet, we had first one then the other. We took a chance on sitting outside at 4zees, that worked for a while until the rain came down again. Drinks and nibbles were gathered up, tables and chairs were folded up quickly and put under cover, and everyone retired to our caravan to continue with 4zees.