Tara mulvany


The Adventures Continue!

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, but be warned, you'll probably want to buy them all!!

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Reply Jill Grandfield
8:02 PM on May 26, 2014 
Hi Tara! Have fun on your Vancouver Island tour! After you circumnavigate the island you could keep heading north to Great Bear Rainforest! i have always wanted to explore that part of Canada and by kayak it would be superb, :) -Jill
Reply Allen Halsey
2:42 AM on May 15, 2014 
Just wanted say how much I liked your blog and your approach to adventure.
Good decision on Canada as WA is mostly desert coast & windy & rough water (I paddle here and Canada looks so much better).
You might like to read "Paddling North" by Audrey Sutherland. Great read with some bear stories.
Good luck and have fun - cant wait to read the blog entries.
Reply Sam
2:17 AM on May 11, 2014 
Stunning art work. Good luck with your new adventures Tara. I heard you being interviewed on Radio NZ and it really got me. Very inspirational. I nearly walked out of the office then and there!
Reply Eve
7:27 PM on May 10, 2014