When will this rain stop? It’s a refrain occurring more and more often in Northeast Missouri as round after round saturates the Earth and prompting the canceling or rescheduling of several events.

When will this rain stop? It’s a refrain occurring more and more often in Northeast Missouri as round after round saturates the Earth and prompting the canceling or rescheduling of several events. It looks like the rain might be here to stay for a while, so here are a few suggestions for how to actually enjoy it:

 
1. Enjoy nature’s chorus

Find an area with a screened in porch and listen to the frogs “sing.” This is particularly enjoyable at night near a pond like the one at Huckleberry Park. Frogging season starts June 30, so this is the perfect time to get outdoors and hear the natural chorus.

 2. Grab the camera

Seems as though everyone has a camera these days in the form of a smartphone. We see them all the time when the weather is nice. But try to snap some photos during the rain. Grab a decent digital camera, plus an umbrella, and try your hand at rainy day photography. It’s a different environment shooting on a rainy day as objects have a different appearance, there are more reflective surfaces, and, if you’re daring, there’s lightning to shoot.

3. Take a drive

Often, a drive down Highway 79 to historic Louisiana offers history all the way down the route, from the aged bridge, former speakeasy and jail in the former concrete boom town of Ilasco to the numerous scenic overlooks. End with a brief stop to gaze at the river in Louisiana’s city park.

4. Curl up with a book

If being outdoors isn’t your thing, try a coffee at the new Fireside Cafe at Hannibal-LaGrange University. With a new like Fireside, it provides a cozy atmosphere to stop with a drink and book for a couple of hours.

5. Enjoy the rain

It’s summer. Hot temperatures are to be expected. Why not hit a park — Nipper for example — take the kids and rainboots and jump away. Everyone still has a little kid inside them. Unleash him or her by stomping in the puddles, splashing around and having a good time.