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2017 in Photos


Happy new year, Gone Floatabout readers!

Just like last year, I’ve put together a little “year in review”, with some of the highlights (or not so high lights) of 2017 aboard Celeste:

Winter was one of the not so high lights…. Living aboard Celeste in Washington State as the Pacific Northwest saw one of its coldest winters in years:


Cold day in Port Angeles, living aboard Celeste

And I managed to get caught in an avalanche when we went to Switzerland for Seth’s PhD defense. The story is in the December issue of Backcountry magazine for those interested. But we did enjoy some great skiing before I was injured in the avalanche:

Ellen skiing in Valais

Me having a great time in the powder just fifteen minutes before the avalanche

And Seth successfully became Dr Leonard!

Seth's thesis defense

Seth defending his PhD dissertation before the panel, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo thanks to Jeff Dickinson.

As soon as Spring arrived, we got outta Dodge and sailed for our much-loved Alaska. We reached Petersburg in time for Viking Fest and to hike in the still-snow-covered mountains:

Viking Fest

Viking Fest

Snowman on Mt Petersburg

Ellen and snowman near the summit of Mt Petersburg

Summer arrived on our Gulf of Alaska crossing, and we enjoyed the long days amid stunning Alaska scenery.

Celeste in Kenai Fjords

Celeste in Kenai Fjords National Park

I’m not sure whether the salmon fishing, the wildlife, or the mountains and glaciers were the biggest highlights!

My big pink salmon

Big salmon for dinner!

Bear portrait

Bears like salmon too!

Celeste and tidewater glacier

Celeste and an Alaskan tidewater glacier

Fall descended sooner than we expected while were still up on the outer coast of the Gulf of Alaska:

St Elias Range

A rare still, clear morning in Yakutat, Alaska

But we managed to chase the tail end of summer south to British Columbia and Washington before making a direct passage to San Francisco.

Fall Colors in the Olympics

Fall colors in the Olympic mountains, Washington State

Sunset off Oregon

Sunset on passage to San Francisco


Waves at Crissy Field

Golden Gate Bridge seen from Crissy Field

So far, with Celeste in Southern California, it looks like Winter this year will be the first time since our circumnavigation that it won’t really feel like winter.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican off California coast

Sending all our readers our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

-Ellen and Seth


Author: Ellen

sailor, writer, photographer

10 thoughts on “2017 in Photos

  1. Ellen and Seth, I’ve noticed that your Hailing Port on the back of CELESTE is Brooklin, ME. We have spent some time in that lovely area the past four early summers. We’re not sailing anymore, but have trailed our Airstream RV to Brooklin for some glasswork at the nearby MARITIME ACADEMY. We spent a lot of time with locals Lori and Paul Gallo at their new campground. Know them?

    • Thanks for getting in touch! We haven’t spent much time in Brooklin in recent years – Celeste’s hailing port is really more a nostalgic touch than anything else – she herself has actually never been there. It’s the village where Seth and I met and where both of us taught sailing before we sailed around the world. It is very near where Seth is originally from and also near to where my parents used to spend summers. It’s a lovely area – we love it and maybe someday will sail back there! But for now we are very much enjoying the Pacific! Enjoy your time in Maine with the RV. Happy holidays!

  2. Wow, what a year! Where are you headed in 2018?

  3. Great photos. I have followed your blog for nearly a year now (or maybe more) and find it fascinating. Linda

  4. Great summary! Hope you are recovering from your avalanche accident! Scary stuff.

  5. Love all the pics! Hope you’ve recovered fully from the avalanche. What are you up to in socal over the winter? Miss you!

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