River: Nelson (Rest day)
I always find it fascinating to stay on commercial campgrounds in Australia. Simply to study people who stay on commercial campgrounds. Since it was the Easter weekend the campground was almost booked out except for a few unpowered sites.
I think it takes a special kind of person to book a cabin (more like a container) on a crammed campground for the Easter weekend, spend the whole day just sitting in front of your container in sweat pants or pyjamas, chatting with your mates, almost religiously walking over to the BBQ and communal camp kitchen three times a day to cook meals, and in the end call it ‘holidays’.
There’s so much to do and so much to see in Australia, so many places to go where you could have your own space, more privacy and opportunities to explore the country. Therefore I wonder what attracts people to spend a whole week on a nearly booked out commercial campground. And let’s not forget that many of them are serial offenders who come back year after year and reserve their cabin long in advance. Not my world.
It was my rest day but I was actually quite busy. I started the day by walking into town and checking out the general store to try and stock up on supplies. I also picked up a parcel with the second week worth of dehydrated meals, which I had sent to the store before my departure from Melbourne. Having to carry food for two whole weeks would have been much harder.
Unfortunately the store didn’t have the kind of gas cartridges I was using. I was keen to buy a spare one because I had a feeling my current one wouldn’t last for another week. I then simply bought some additional food that didn’t require cooking (in other words, a bag of chocolate bars), so I would survive without gas — just in case. Generally the selection of things at the Nelson Store is very limited, so don’t rely on it.
When I arrived in Nelson the previous day, I was on my last one of four camera batteries, so I had to get them all charged before walking on. Since I had booked an unpowered tent site, I had to fight hard to get a spare powerpoint in the laundry room where I could plug in my batteries. And then of course, stay nearby for hours so I could exchange the battery in time before someone removed my charger. It would have been sad to run out of camera batteries during the walk.
By late afternoon I finally had all my batteries charged, so I did an extended walk back into town. I was at the pub just in time for when they opened for dinner, so I quickly grabbed a meal before the crowds arrived (it was Easter Sunday after all) and then walked along the shore to watch the sunset before returning to the campground.
I was looking forward to the second half of the GSWW, with beaches, capes and bays.
Wildlife seen: Red-necked Wallaby.