Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


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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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End of the 2015 Voyage: Decommissioning, Salmon, and Aurora Borealis

Our last post, recounting our rather difficult 3-week passage from Point Barrow, ended with just one day to go to Dutch Harbor and with the highest mountains of the Aleutian Islands (namely Shishaldin Volcano, 75 miles away) just in sight. That final day was overcast and a little foggy, but the sea conditions were happily just as kindly as they had been the day before, when the fin whales had paid us a visit.

Ellen reading on passage

Ellen in the companionway on our last passage day  (no more wool hats – amazing!)

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Swiss Hiking at its finest!

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We’ll wrap up our arctic sailing adventures soon, but first a brief interlude of land-locked goodness! We actually spend most of the year working in Switzerland, so we grab a Saturday here and there to do some hiking and skiing in the gorgeous Alps. We had beautiful hiking weather this past fall and set out to find some golden larches right after the first snowfall. Check out more photos on ZEAL Optics blog! Click here or on this link: http://blog.zealoptics.com/post/140634392619/swiss-hiking-at-its-finest-experience-first


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Last day to help Seth raise funds to fight cancer!

MustacheOnce again, a big thank-you to all of you who have already supported Seth’s fund-raising campaign to fight cancer!  We really appreciate your contributions!!

Today’s the last day of the campaign, so there’s still time if you’d like to donate: http://mobro.co/sethleonard

The drive is for the Movember Foundation, which supports men’s health – in particular prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and the effects of physical inactivity.  Throughout November Seth has participated in both the Movember mustache campaign and the MOVE challenge to do something physical every day.  Mostly that’s been nighttime runs after work, but there’s been a few hikes thrown in and even one day skiing after a nice snowfall.

If you feel able to donate, please go to http://mobro.co/sethleonard.  Thanks so much!!


Help Seth raise funds to fight cancer!

This month Seth is trying to help raise money to fight cancer and support men’s health through the Movember Foundation, and we’d love to have any support you feel able to give!

http://mobro.co/sethleonard

As well as the standard Movember facial hair (!!), Seth’s doing the MOVE Challenge to do something physical every day in November.

Seth on an all-day hike at the beginning of "Movember".

Night run past castle

The Movember Foundation tackles many important health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Your donations will help them make an impact, so if you feel able, please donate online at http://mobro.co/sethleonard

You can learn about the work Movember is funding and the impact your donation will have at http://ch.movember.com/en/programs/strategy

Thanks so much! We appreciate your support!


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A week’s travel to reach Dutch Harbor, Part 1

Packing

Packing lots of stuff for this summer’s adventures!

Yes, you read that right! We took exactly a week to get from our home base in Switzerland to our floating home in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska. We planned it that way, in order to see a lot along the way! But first we had a lot of packing up to do: warm clothes, camera gear, books, computers, goggles, sleeping bags, etc. etc. Continue reading


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A year in Switzerland

Dutch Harbor seen from Pyramid Peak

Dutch Harbor seen from Pyramid Peak

While our wonderful friends Andy and Daneen looked after Celeste in Unalaska, we went back to work and life in Switzerland, where we’ve been based for the last few years.  We said a sad goodbye both to friends and boat (a friend too, of course!) on September 12 and boarded the plane to Anchorage.  That was quite a ride!  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


Welcome diversions on the Olympic Peninsula

A street in Port Angeles

A street in Port Angeles

Since our projects on Celeste took so much longer than Seth and I had expected (we often have this problem, we should change our expectations!), we ended up working pretty much every day for a month from 7am to 7pm and often more hours. We both actually enjoy doing boat work: it often means a puzzle that needs a creative solution; it’s a great feeling to know your boat inside and out; and it’s always satisfying to fix up your home and make it the best you can. What we don’t much enjoy is the stress of having to do all the projects within a certain time frame, exactly what we’d inadvertently done to ourselves in Port Angeles. Fortunately for our sanity, we had a couple of welcome diversions from work.

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