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Inside Channels to Open Ocean: Ketchikan, Alaska to Juan de Fuca Strait, Washington, August 2016

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Brown bear fishing for salmon, Southeast Alaska

Our last post ended in Southeast Alaska, where we’d encountered a whole range of sailing conditions, revisited places we’d enjoyed in 2014, and discovered new places including a river where both black and brown bears fished for salmon.

Upon leaving the touristic town of Ketchikan, we once again entered deserted channels between forested islands. Our last stop in Alaska was a little cove just a mile or two north of the Canadian border, and then we set off to Prince Rupert to clear Customs into Canada.

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New pages on Gone Floatabout

Hi everyone,

Bear and sprayWe’ve been doing a little renovation to Gone Floatabout and added some new pages. Finally the Arctic Voyage tab now has a full account of the voyage, from our first shakedown cruise in British Columbia in 2013 to our rounding of Point Barrow and return to the Aleutians this past summer. If you’re really ambitious and or really bored, all the posts are in order now on the 2014: Alaska page and the 2015: Arctic page 🙂

Much more exciting is that we finally did something about the Photography page! It’s now under the new Media tab and has three extensive galleries: Wildlife, Nature, and Adventure & People. We had a lot of fun putting that together, so hope you enjoy it!

Finally, sorry for the last post that got sent out – it was a snafu that happened when we were editing our home page.

Hope everyone enjoys floating about the revamped site 🙂

Cheers,

Ellen & Seth

 


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Please vote for my photo in Sailing Today 2015 Awards!

ZiplineI’m super excited to have been nominated for Best Cruising Photograph in the Sailing Today magazine 2015 Awards!  I’d really appreciate your vote at http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/awards2015/  You can vote anytime until August 23 and you get entered for a chance to win a sailing holiday in Greece.  My photos is “Laughing Lines” http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/the-sailing-today-awards-2015-photo-of-the-year/ And if you’d like to pass this on, please do!!

Thanks so much!! Really appreciate your support!!


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2014 Alaska Voyage Recap

We’re back on Celeste in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, so stay tuned for updates! We’ve been pretty busy so haven’t prioritized the blog but we’ll try and catch up a bit before we set sail. In the meantime, here’s a good recap of our 2014 voyage on ZEAL Optic’s blog! They’ve chosen some of our favorite photographs, too 🙂

As the editors on OCH say, masthead spinnakers aren't often seen on the Alaska Peninsula!!

As the editors on OCH say, masthead spinnakers aren’t often seen on the Alaska Peninsula!!

A similar recap for Off Center Harbor.com members is up now too! Again, we love the photos they chose! Continue reading


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Alaska articles

ON Cover, May 2015I’m always so honored to be able to share my experiences and photography in print.  Recently I’ve had a lot come out and it’s all been super exciting!  First off, my photo of Seth is on the cover of the May/June Ocean Navigator!  He’s flaking our staysail after it had finally dried out following the gale we weathered entering Prince William Sound. (Post about that here.) Continue reading


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Desolation Sound Article in Sailing Today magazine

Desolation SoundSailing Today magazine in the UK has very nicely given me a PDF of my feature article on Desolation Sound, British Columbia to share on Gone Floatabout!  The print article appeared in the October 2014 issue and looked fantastic in ST’s big, beautiful layout.  If you’d like to read the PDF, please click here.  The piece covers our cruise aboard Celeste last summer (2013) from Victoria, BC to Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands, tucked between Vancouver Island and the mainland.  We have more photos up on the British Columbia page.  And if you’d like to check out Sailing Today‘s site it’s http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk.  Thanks very much to the editors!

Back with more about Whittier, a land excursion, Prince William Sound, and our 2014 Alaska sojourn next week!


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Rolling with the punches (and the waves)

Zeal BlogFirst, a huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for their continued enthusiasm for our adventures this summer!  They were all super supportive of our decision not to rush things, and over-stress ourselves and the boat in the process, by heading for the Arctic after our delays and setbacks in June.  It turned out that our voyage through Alaskan waters was every bit the type of challenging and rewarding adventure we love, and we would have greatly regretted it had we missed the whales, bears, glaciers, waterfalls, exciting (sometimes too exciting!) sailing, and general wilderness that make the 49th state so unique!

We particularly wanted to share with everyone Ellen’s blog for ZEAL Optics that recounts, as ZEAL says, how “Murphy’s Law came into play” but also how another incredible journey was right there to be found!  The blog has some great pictures that we haven’t put on Gone Floatabout.  Hope you enjoy! http://blog.zealoptics.com/post/95097121642/rolling-with-the-punches-and-the-waves

(We’ll be back with more about Prince William Sound next post!)