Nelson Bay – December 2013

Nelson Bay Dec 2013
Nelson Bay Dec 2013

When I was first asked if life was good as a Grey Nomad, I was shocked! I’m not one of THOSE!!!

Upon reflection, Mark is grey haired, a caravan is my home and we are nomadic for a few months at least. So YES, we are partly Grey Nomads!!

Our drive to Nelson Bay took 1 1/2 days. Whitney’s car went very well towing Jayco, bikes, kayaks, etc, etc. Over 1,100 km – but good conditions all the way.

Whitney’s Car – what a load!!
Whitney’s Car – what a load!!

We have had a lovely first week. Plenty of swimming, cycling & paddling. The weather has been varied – a lot more sun and warmth than rain. Only put a windcheater on one evening.

Looking at the headlines in the newspaper early in the week it was decided we won’t buy any for a while.

Mark flew to Brisbane for two days – SafetyQuip business. Bev was “forced” to enjoy cycling and the beach.

Our Bay

Cycling in Fingal Bay

On the beach

We went shopping at Coles one afternoon, rather than drive the extra distance to ALDI. Only needed a few essentials, but when dishwashing liquid was nearly $3, left Coles, went the extra distance to ALDI and spent our $100 much more wisely.

Friday was our 32nd wedding anniversary. In true holiday style, 3 hours was spent seeking a venue for dinner. We had three criteria. View over the water, good food and reasonable price. We discovered several that met 2 out of three. Eventually found a lovely 3 out of 3 in Shoal Bay – CATCH Restaurant.  It was great.

CATCH Restaurant in Shoal Bay.
(I definitely got the CATCH!!!)
Wednesdays and Saturdays the local Fruit/Veg truck sounds his CLAXON HORN in the caravan park. Good prices, good quality.

Fruit & Veg truck delivers fresh to our Caravan Park

Brunch with Bette and Jim (inspiration for our trip around Australia in 1985)
Camp Visitors

On the phone with the bank !!!
Business is never too far away.

Mark relaxing with Kayak

Bev Kayaking
Mark tested this out at home. The real test was the 8km each way into Nelson Bay. Towing the Kayak worked well.

 

 

Christmas Tree camping Style ($2 from Op Shop in Nelson Bay)

Doing the Dolphine Watch tour\

Goanna on Mount Tomaree walk

Yacht towed to the slip
Disabled yacht on Slipway
Sydney Lakeside Caravan Park – Sydney Northern Beaches. Large grassed sites – but not many trees.
Bartlett Cycleway ?!?!
Not named after us, but Mark did cycle it.
Beach to ourselves

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