LETTER: Thanks, Nelson, from a grateful visitor

From reader Tanja Hasler

I would like to share a story that had a gracious happy ending. My partner Tim and I were travelling through and stopped for two nights in Nelson in November. We found a campsite that would take us (despite being at end of the season). We enjoyed exploring your beautiful town and walking along the Nelson rail trail from the entrance at Highway 6 above the town, to the downtown and back.

We needed fresh water and went to fill up our jug beside the Bears Furniture store by the water. We shopped that day for groceries too. By the late afternoon I had realized that somewhere along the way that same day I had lost our cash travel purse, in which we carry our cash for use while travelling. So we phoned the police right away. We walked the entire length of the rail trail again (total 22 km in one day) to see if I had dropped it there. Nothing.

Within two days the police phone us to tell us our cash purse had been handed over to the police. As it turns out a very kind gentleman found it outside at the water fill station, handed it off to the staff at Bears Furniture, who subsequently passed it on to the police. We were so thankful and overwhelmed with gratitude. We brought a pizza gift card to the store, and a cash thank you to the finder, a local Nelson resident (Mr. Josh Wapp) whom I met in person. Many thanks to everyone and wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Tanja Hasler