Kayaking to be ‘Vision Quest’ finale

Local paddling enthusiast Mary Nulty will be one of two presenters at the Dec. 1 Vision Quest finale.

Nov. 21, 2018 — The Siuslaw Public Library, in conjunction with Vision Quest — Live Learn Explore, will host two kayaking adventure programs on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Bromley Room at the main branch of the library.  Both programs are part of Vision Quest’s “Get Wild” series and are the grand finale of the 2018 “Get Wild” season.

The first adventure program, “Kayaking Around Florence,” begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature local kayaker and photographer Mary Nulty.

An avid paddler of both kayaks and canoes, Nulty has been enthusiastically enjoying and photographing the area’s lakes and waterways since 1994. She will share her passion for self-propelled watercraft by highlighting favorite local paddling sites, recreation passes/permits needed to launch at each location, and by describing the different types of kayaks and canoes available and how to effectively transport them to a destination.

Nulty will also offer tips for safe boating including any tidal and weather impacts to consider when planning a local kayaking or canoeing adventure. The morning presentation will be full of valuable information for both the aspiring and experienced paddler.

The afternoon adventure program begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature author Susan Marie Conrad whose book “Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage” is a powerful memoir of her 2010 solo 1,200-mile kayak journey through the Inside Passage. Conrad’s journey from Anacortes, Wash., to Juneau, Alaska, was full of physical and personal challenges, a journey that changed her life. Milbry Polk, co-author of Women of Discovery said of this epic journey, “It is a brave story.  One of personal triumph, of heart break, terrifying challenges, soulful introspection and sheer joy.”

Conrad has been involved in the paddlesports industry for 25 years. She teaches both on the water and in classrooms. Not only does Conrad explore the natural world from her kayak, she also hikes, bikes, and skis.

The writer and adventurer who grew up on a small farm in upstate New York cur-rently lives in Oso, Wash.

Conrad’s presentation will be full of anecdotal bits about grizzly bears, huge whales, quirky people and marathon paddling during her Inside Passage journey. These stories will reveal Conrad’s deep connection to the natural world, inspire the audience to explore and protect that world as well as to take chances, pursue dreams and reach their full potential.

These two free adventure programs presented by two passionate kayakers are hosted by the Si-uslaw Public Library in partnership with Vision Quest — Live Learn Explore.  Both the morning and afternoon programs will appeal all levels of paddlers and adventurers and will likely spark an instant desire to get out on the water and paddle.

Vision Quest is an initiative of the Siuslaw Vision: Putting People at the Center.

For more information about the Dec. 1 programs, visit the Siuslaw Public Library, call 541-997-3132 or visit www.siuslawlibrary.info.

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