Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


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2020…

I’m not sure I’m ready for a new decade… so here are some of my favorite photos from the last one – I’ve chosen one photo from each year, though narrowing it down like that wasn’t easy!

Dawn Landfall, St Helena

Landfall on St Helena Island, South Atlantic, 2010

I love this photo of landfall on the British island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. For me it captures the wonder of sighting land after days at sea – the dawn light, the mountainous island, and the lonely ocean all around. St Helena is still one of the world’s most remote islands, but was even more remote in 2010 when access was still solely by sea.

Ellen trekking in the Alps

Trekking in the Alps, 2011

I love the mountains as much as the sea, and this image reminds me of some of my favorite treks, walking for days high up above treeline in the Alps. I love the silence of it, and the fresh cold air, and the immense vistas of the peaks crowned in ice. Continue reading


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Happy Earth Day!

In a change of pace from my usual ocean/sailing theme, I wanted to celebrate our beautiful planet with some mountain shots. Here are a few of my favorite springtime photographs from when we used to live in Switzerland.

Taken on this day, exactly 5 years ago:

Beautiful spring flowers on a couple of different hikes:

And the cows out of the barns in May:

Alpage fountain

Hope everyone gets a little taste of the outdoors this Earth Day!

 

 

 


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Arctic Voyage Video: Episode 1

Many of you have probably already seen this either on Cruising World magazine’s site or on our YouTube channel, but here is Episode 1 of our Arctic Voyage video series!

In it, the story begins in the storm-tossed Aleutian Islands in June of 2015. The year before, we sailed Celeste from Washington State to Dutch Harbor of “Deadliest Catch” fame but sadly didn’t take any video footage. So in this video we’re back after a winter’s work to re-commission her – think scuba-diving in the Bering Sea – explore the tundra-covered mountains of the island, and get ready for the Arctic.

Stay tuned for Episode 2 on both Cruising World‘s site and on YouTube – it’ll cover our first Bering Sea passage and the wildlife-rich Pribilof Islands!


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Swiss Hiking at its finest!

04 Wonderland

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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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