A young Kinapak.
The beginning of a13-year journey with Kinapak's wolf pack
I was born and raised in Australia. As a child, I frequently traveled deep into the Australian bush and outback with my mother, who loved to go beyond the last road sign and into the untouched lands beyond. And through these experiences, I developed a strong passion for wildlands and wild animals.
Now, my father was a great storyteller and told stories about the wolves of old Europe. And through these tales, my love grew for the creature with the long bushy tail and calculating clever mind, which became a lifelong obsession that would one day lead me to America in pursuit of the magnificent animal.
When I was young adult, the first country I visited outside of Australia was Canada. It was super exciting!!!! I got to see massive mountains, forests full of old-growth trees, giant rivers, and aqua blue pristine lakes. It was so beautiful! I climbed to the top of mountains and looked down cliffsides to watch eagles soar below. I saw trees that were as wide as a house and possibly a thousand years old. I experienced super, clean, crisp air that filled my lungs, making me feel alive and exhilarated for life. And then....there were the animals!
I saw bears, beavers, raccoons, wolves, coyotes, eagles, and squirrels in the wild, all for the first time. I heard wolves howling in the distance. For me, it was a magical wonderland.
All in all, it was a 7-month trip. I traveled the backroads as much as I could, weaving through British Columbia, northern Saschactawan, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. I eventually made my way down through the eastern United States (back then, this country was much wilder), NY, Appalachian mountains, back roads West Virginia, the Western States, and onto San Francisco. From San Francisco, I returned to Australia.
Since that trip, I have traveled throughout the world, always looking for unspoiled land and unique cultures. During these journeys, I have visited many beautiful places and met terrific people from across the globe. But the wilds of Canada and the United States - the rugged, spectacular beauty and the incredible animals of this continent, in my opinion, nothing comes close.
I am sharing my trip to Canada with you because it's the back story of my life's journey that led to living with wolves and the writing of this book. Wilderness and wild animals have been my passion. My admiration and love for indigenous animals, particularly wolves, have only grown with time...if that's even possible.