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A Spring Break at Wanaka

December 6, 2019

Off the beaten track in my backyard: the first in a series. In this post, I describe a short spring holiday camping at Glendhu Bay near Wanaka, visiting ThatWanakaTree, the Matukituki Valley and Snow Farm. It makes sense to travel in spring, when the weather's fine and there aren't so many people.

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November 28, 2019

The Great Dieback

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November 23, 2019

The Humiliations of Persia

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November 16, 2019

Outside Adelaide: From Hahndorf to Port Elliot

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November 7, 2019

Iran: Make Love not War - Part 6 - Weaving Carpets Slowly (why Persia endures)

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November 2, 2019

David Unaipon Country

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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