Gone Floatabout

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to the Gone Floatabout subscribers!  A couple of the blogs I read have been posting 50 things they’re thankful for, and I liked the idea so thought I’d put up mine!  (They’re listed in the order in which they came to my head.)

1. Seth (This is Ellen writing!)Seth at Saas Fee

2. The rest of my family

3. Friends

Hiking with friends in the Olympic National Park

Hiking with friends in the Olympic National Park

4. The opportunity to go on adventures

5. The world’s oceans

6. Celeste and sailingSailing past waterfall

7. The opportunity to live in Switzerland when not on CelesteEllen in the Alps

8. SkiingSeth telemarking

9. Mountains and all the beautiful landscapes they encompass: glaciers, peaks, rock, meadows, forests, hot springs, waterfalls, roadless hamlets.Waterfall

10. Dry, fluffy snow (skiers know what I’m talking about!)Skis

11. Books!Reading in the cabin

12. Writing, teaching, and workMagazines

13. My education and teachers/professors

14. Hiking and backpackingGrand Combin

15. That my apartment is actually heated this year! (No, I’m not kidding…)

16. Seeing brown bears fish for salmon this summer.Brown Bear-2

17. Whales, otters, sea lions, manta rays, sharks, turtles, mahi-mahi, tuna, halibut, coral reefs, and the many other amazing creatures that live in the ocean.Cod Hole


18. Ibex, chamois, badgers, bears, wolves, moose, marmots, lions, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, iguanas, sloths, elephants, and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit terra firma.Ibex on the Hohenweg


19. Albatrosses, gannets, storks, choughs, falcons, eagles, puffins, terns, tropicbirds, spoonbills, and our many other avian friends.Bald eagle

20. The chance to have seen threatened/endangered creatures like beluga whales, the wirebird of St Helena, the radiated tortoises of Madagascar, a New Zealand weka, yellow-eyed penguins, a hawksbill sea turtle, and black rhinos.

21. Scuba diving and snorkeling

22. Beautiful wildernesses like Alaska

Glacier on Unalaska Island

Glacier on Unalaska Island

23. Modern medicine

24. My health

25. Beautiful man-made spaces like Venice, the Loire, New York City, Rome, Angkor Wat, Machu PicchuBrooklyn Bridge

26. Swiss trains and buses

27. Organized societies with clear law and order like Switzerland and the United States

28. Time to cook good dinners

29. Hot showers

30. Good American micro-brewsAlaskan beer

31. The view out my kitchen window (no, really – it’s a 10,000ft mountain).

32. The arts and humanities: music, painting, theater, dance, languages, history, biography, etc. etc.

33. The hiking trails five minutes from my door

34. Homemade pizza after a day skiing

35. Washing machine (much appreciated after bucket laundry on the circumnavigation!)

Bucket laundry, Lizard Island

Bucket laundry, Lizard Island

36. My DSLR camera

37. Getting nice comments on the blog – it’s awesome, thank you, kind readers!

38. Fruit: oranges, grapefruit, apples, mangoes, pears, avocadoes, grapes, bananas, etc. etc.

39. The micro hydro stations that provide my electricity

40. Good charts on Celeste and good topo maps when hiking/skiingPaper chart

41. My Pilates instructor

42. Our neighborhood

43. Unexpected letters or postcards from friends

44. Wool long underwear (it doesn’t stink after you’ve worn it for 2 weeks straight…)

45. NAFTA (I really mean this, btw – Celeste was Canadian…)

46. Everything I learned while sailing and restoring HereticBarrier-coating Heretic

47. The stars, moon, sun, and planets

48. The trade windsWing 'n' Wing

49. Plants!

50. That I grew up by the ocean, and with dogs.

What are you thankful for?


10 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. This is one of the most beautiful list of thanks i’ve ever read. I sometimes think we should get rid of All the religious holidays and only keep a Universal thanks giving day – a thanks giving for Life on this blue planet. With warm greetings and thanks, Jo Ann Sent from my iPhone


  2. What a fantastic list, and such gorgeous photos. So very much to be thankful for! Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Lovely post. One could go on and on with gratitude. I am especially grateful for the gift of life and my family.

  4. Love this post! I can really relate to so many of those things you mentioned! So much to be thankful for.
    While we don’t celebrate Thanks Giving in New Zealand, I always like to look back on the highs and lows of the year on New Year’s Eve and remember all the wonderful things we have done and how to make the following year even better and plan even more fun filled adventures!
    Do you say “Happy Thanksgiving?”

    • I really like your approach to New Year’s Eve, a much better way of looking at things than a ‘resolution’ in my opinion! Something I think I’ll adopt 🙂 Yes, we say happy Thanksgiving!

  5. We don’t celebrate Thanks Giving in Australia, yet we have a lot to be thankful for, not the least being our life together, our shared dream of sailing and of discovering amazing places and wilderness. We are privileged.

  6. Happy Turkey Day to you too, Ellen & Seth!