The Abel Tasman campground was getting crowded for the Easter weekend so it was time to move on. I had made reservations for the holiday weekend at a Department of Conservation campground at Nelson National Park. I had to weave back up the dirt road and back over the narrow winding mountain road. I picked up a young German hitchhiker. He was a medical student in break before starting his medical school. My driving didn’t seem to scare him and he was very fearful. He tried to give me money and food (it was his first hit hiking experience). I dropped him in Moetuka and headed west. I arrived at the campground. It was a small campground on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. It was cloudy when I arrived.
But as sunset approached the skies started to clear.
I took my evening beer and appies down to the shore to watch the sunset.
What a change from the golden beaches. In just 3 hours I’m a different but equally amazing environment.