|Posted by Tara Mulvany on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM|
Last Sunday, the day before I left for Dusky, I nearly booked a ticket to western Australia. But I wasn’t totally at ease about it. I didn’t want to go. I was only going because I felt it was about time to make some money. I looked at the screen of my laptop, hesitated, and couldn’t bring myself to click the confirm button that would seal the deal.
After a magical week in Dusky, I knew that I’d done the right thing. I was still free. I still had money in my Australian bank account from the winter before, so there were so many other things I could do. My mind was ticking. Canada is a place that I have wanted to explore for a long time. It is wild and remote, and it seems the perfect place to travel by simple means. Wilderness, mountains, lakes, rivers, and an ocean filled with wildlife. And bears. Hungry bears. I wondered, would a bear eat a kiwi? There was only one way to find out, and before I thought about it too much, I booked a ticket.
Do I know what I’m going to do in Canada? No, I don’t. I don’t have a plan, but when I arrive next Wednesday, I’ll figure it out. At this stage I’m thinking about buying a kayak and paddling away. So soon, you’ll see my spot tracker back into action, and if I don’t get eaten, I might occasionally blog about whatever I get upto.
This week I recieved the best surprise mail ever.. a painting from the amazing Ginney Deavoll. Ginney paddled with me for two days down the Coromandel on my North Island trip. I thought I was onto a winner when she told me I could put anything I wanted into her back hatch. I looked around for a pile of rocks to sneak in, but there were none around, so when she wasnt looking I loaded her boat with a huge bag of food, and the 10L water bladder. It wasn't until lunchtime that she figured it out. If you havent heard of her, you have to check out her website, www.ginneydeavoll.com but be warned, you'll probably want to buy them all!!