Driving Nelson to Picton – New Zealand

We start our morning with an early walk around the park and beyond.  Roland had a great time running through the leaves, dropping things into the stream and clucking at someone’s backyard chickens.

There was a large soccer pitch across the street and Roland desperately wanted to go see it.  I tried to get him to head back to the camper but he had other plans.  He stopped for two pictures and kept going until I had no choice but to run after him.  This kid has little fear of going off on his own.

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I thought of my cousin Pat as Roland played with this one.

Finally, back at the park, we played on the rather we playground, fun none the less though.

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He is starting to love the trampoline.  Today I told him to hop like a kangaroo and got him really jumping!NZ Day 15

A quick drive has us at the waterfront.  The harbor is protected y a boulder bank that is 13 km long and created a beautiful calm water and beaches.

Established in 1841, Nelson is the oldest city on the south island and the second-oldest city in New Zealand.  It is currently known for its arts and hosts plenty of local events.

 

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A short drive out of Nelson and we were once again surrounded by mountains and crazy roads.  You can look ahead to the road you will be driving on by looking to your side rather than straight ahead.  This has the added advantage of letting you know when the big trucks are coming.

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We also drove through some pleasant valleys and into some lingering clouds.

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As we do every day, we found somewhere for Roland to play.  He now identifies McDonald’s as a place to play.  He could care less about the food, he just wants to play.  Every McDs we have seen has a playground of some kind.  (He will be so disappointed when we go home, they are harder to find).

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Scarlet is really getting in the solid food phase.

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You know when you order a burger and it is sooooo big, you’re just not sure how you’re going to fit it in your mouth?  I’m sure that is what she is thinking here.

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As we entered or final destination of Picton we were greeted by this park surrounded by some very large trees.  Like, I cannot even begin to describe how big they are.

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We checked into park super early and had plenty of time to run around before making supper.  Roland immediately challenged this little lady to a game of chess.  Unfortunately, it appears she actually knows how to play!  We also had a family of 5 kids come along.  It was so fascinating to hear them all yell “YES, THERE”S CHESS” followed by the decision on how to take turns playing.

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An actual operational phone booth.  Old booth, new phone.

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Dan had 8 channels to pick from and one of them was Dinsey.  So, he kept tricking Roland to go back to Disney but Roland kept asking for something else.  What did he want?  Teenage drama held his attention for a few minutes.  He didn’t want News, he didn’t want music videos, he didn’t want FROZEN (I think I just made every parent jealous).  He wanted car racing.  Nothing else would do.  Cars and bikes racing in the desert.

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Dan had heartburn. We’ve had too much to eat and not quite the most healthy of diets lately. He seems to be living on pop and coffee here. He decided while I wrote he would go out on a foot tour to have a look around and find something to help.

He asked at the campground front desk where he could get some Rolaids, or Tums or something for heartburn. He received detailed directions to the grocery store that would be open until 8 pm. All of the chemists/drugstores in town were already closed.

And as luck would have it, so was the grocery store. (6 pm) Like everything else in this town. A few variety stores, a gas station, a lot of lights from the ferry terminal, but nothing else at all is open.

Fortunately Dan saw through the grocery store and out to the other side to see what he thought was a fire truck at a gas station and sure enough, it was. He walked around the block past the closed medical center with an ambulance entrance right up to the gas station and bought these Qwick Eeze for his heart burn. 🙂

He had a chance to check out the local fire trucks, the fire station, and the rest of the downtown that had locked up and gone home at six pm. It was so quiet in town.

He checked out the marina and somehow figured out a different way home that likely no one else in the world would have tried or figured out. (It involved a man bridge that was high enough for sailboats to sail under it, and figuring out his way through a marina that he has never seen before, that has dozens of buildings and service roads) Dan loves his little adventures.

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