oh GL...sorry u had a dissappointing trip to GC...and I am so sorry for the rudeness you were subjected to...was it Sandra or her daughter Sandy? Sandra can be a bit that way sometimes I got put off by her when she took over from Anne a couple of years ago. There is no excuse for rudeness.
I feel awful I recommended it to you.
I agree that GC is very expensive for the service (lack thereof) that you get..and I wholeheartedly complain every time I go!!!...however, for me as I've said b4 I go to GC for the space, beauty, creek, free firewood and it's one of the few places you are allowed to have your dog offleash...and the kids are gone from brekky to lunch and gone again till dinner. If I use their amenities it is only for the flush toilet as I use my own shower. I can't carry my own firewood so I would normally spend $20 to $50 a day on wood (cause I can't camp without a fire
), so in that respect GC is cheap for me and I normally get a discount anyway...that doesn't help the one or 2 nighters though
If you stay for a longer period or travel in a large group Sandra/Sandy normally give you a discount and we have a group with 10 families in it, so it's worth our while. I agree not fair if campers during the week get it free.
Now that you mention the light I seem to remember I had to ask the owner to fix it last time, it appears it runs on a generator on a timer which they don't use unless it's busy and there was a problem with the hot water, but they fixed it straight away....I don't think it's used much during the week, therefore the fees of course should be much cheaper.
I only camp at Black dingaling with the group cause some of the gals just can't cope with using a Port Potti
I guess it all comes down to what we all get out of our camping experiences, I stayed at Imbil, cheaper fees with lovely amenities, free activities for the kids, a great creek, lovely owners but they cleaned both amenities at 10.30 at night and you can't sleep cause of the noise
, that's not camping to me.(It most certainly wasn't Island Reach)
There must be other places like GC with great amenities I just haven't found them yet.
Thanks for your honest opinion GL (I would expect nothing less), I will certainly pass that on to the owners at xmas but as u said they don't seem to care, It's just a sideline for them I guess. Maybe
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your camping trip such a shame about the weather