We've lost a friend and an inspiration.
Sad news, today we heard that Tara Cloud passed away.
If you've been involved in our community, in the forums, or on facebook you no doubt recognize her name. She travelled slowly, exploring cultures and surroundings in a way few of us truly manage. Her words and photos are an inspiration
To her family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you as we mourn. We will miss her.
Oh no! So sorry to hear that. She will be missed, she was very involved in this community...
We are very sorry to hear this sad news. Her passion for travel was an inspiration and her warm gentle comments were always gratefully received. Our thoughts are with her loved ones at this time. Andy and Ali.
Tara's sudden absence has been difficult to process, especially as she was so consistent in her traveling, adventures and beliefs. By this, I mean that she was always moving forward, one step at a time in her travels, sharing beautiful sceneries and intimate anecdotes and always vocal about conquering unexpected struggles or standing up for civil rights for people she felt were being unfairly treated.
So, if things ever seemed difficult, she would always come back at the end, destination or goal reached, to say, “I’m still here!” She just trucked on and it was with this positivity and upbeat words that left us waiting for the next update only to find that she is no longer with us.
She touched so many people in our community, meeting many fellow bloggers, and thank her for being such a positive force, literally inspiring people around the globe, with her beautiful spirit.
We are in touch with a close friend of the family and will update folks if there will be a public memorial.
So sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very sad time. We will miss her commentary on our life adventures. Caroline & Michael
We are really sorry to hear this and send her family all our love. May she rest in peace and observe us travellers on our adventures. We will miss her blogs and comments.
Ever since I first found Travel Blog Tara was part of it. I am so sorry to have lost a friend . A friend I never met but I felt as if I had met her through her involvement with the site . So sad she will be sadly missed .
What a sad beginning to 2017... Tara always commented on my blogs, she was always so positive about everything. Will be strange not seeing her comments anymore. Or reading her blogs.
Always thought I would eventually bump into her in Peru. Never did. My fault, never went down to Arequipa. Thought there would be other chances. Now its too late.
Will miss her. My sympathies to her family and friends.
So sad. I enjoyed sharing her life through her blogs. Maybe she'll post one from her new country some day.
One star shone brighter than the rest... The light that Tara cast upon many blogs will be missed.
We still think of you every time we eat great cheese!
Rest in peace our dear friend.
Dave and i are struggling with Tara's passing. It is strange really how connected you can become to a person you have met through travel blog and yet have never met. She was a kindred spirit. We emailed often and looked forward to meeting. We felt connected to her in some way knowing that she shared our passion for travel and living life our own way....even when so many friends and family members don't really understand.
I will miss her comments on our blogs and the FB messages and emails.
Tara seemed to have a spirit that allowed her to was her own path. To me she seemed strong, independent, opinionated in a good way and soft, warm and a kind soul.
Rest in peace Tara and know you touched us in ways we didn't understand until now.
Sending warm thoughts and hugs to friends, family and your travel blog family.
Merry Jo and Dave
Tara was a flower child from the 1960's so yearned to expand her horizons, live frugally, and stand up for herself. We had such a wonderful time with her in Bolivia talking about her years on the road.
When I was planning my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage she shared her 9 months on the Camino with me. Normal people take 30-40 days to walk the Camino. Not her. She was a slow, slow traveler who stopped to smell the roses.
Tara couldn't afford to live in Santa Barbara so headed to places where she could live on $10/day...South America where she could border hop when her visa ran out in a country. She was waiting patiently until she was 70 to collect her maximum from social security after which she could spend a bit more per day. She hoped to visit us in Colorado someday. Someday never came. We will miss her greatly. I wrote the following TB after our visit with her, linked here in honor of her memory: Tiwanaku with Tara
I am also posting Tara's last blog where she writes about Travelbloggers who passed her way...family members she had never met, but she received as warmly as brothers and sisters: La Paz-- TravelBlog Friends and Festivals
Sad news indeed...her blogs were always a go-to for South American inspiration, and she always had the nicest comments on my wanderings...thoughts go out to friends and family...Jeff
I'm really sorry to hear that Tara has passed away, what sad news. Tara always left nice and positive comments on my blogs and I was always appreciative. My heart goes out to her friends and family. May we all continue to travel and blog in her memory.
I'm very sorry to hear this news. Tara and I often commented on each other's travels, and I enjoyed her unique perspective on a life full of wonderful travel experiences and a heart full of passion and kindness. RIP Tara.
so sad to hear this. she's always been so nice with her comments. You will be missed Tara
Bright stars come into our lives sometimes and Tara with her wonderful words and photographs was one of the brightest. You will be missed by so many, travel safely on my friend.
This is sad news. I enjoyed reading her posts that were always insightful and provided a different perspective on things, more in depth. She left kind and encouraging comments and messages and it was wonderful to exchange ideas with her. I would have loved to meet her in person one day. All the best for your journey now, dear Tara, wherever you might be.