Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


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Southeast Alaska, May-June 2017

Whale flukesIn my last post about this summer’s sailing (Back to Alaska), I mentioned that we were in Petersburg awaiting parts for our engine. Well, that ended up dragging on for over two weeks! We thought we’d have them in just a few days, but it turned out that they didn’t actually get shipped from the place we’d ordered them until 11 days after we’d placed the order!!  Continue reading


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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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Exploring Unalaska Island, June 18—22, 2015

Ellen and crab pots

While our boat projects have taken up most of our time since arrival on Unalaska, we’ve made time to enjoy this beautiful island as well! Even chores like driving to the grocery store or Port Office take us past stunning vistas of green, tundra-covered mountains, several still dusted in snow. On sunny days, when the island holds the fog bank at bay just offshore, the sea is a brilliant blue, the perfect counterpoint to the vivid green hills. Here are a few photos just from around our boat, the port area, and our friends’ house: Continue reading


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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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Fun and Bears on the Kenai Peninsula

Clearing skies in Tonsina BayFor the first time in 10 days we saw the sun on the evening of August 16th.  Anchored in our sheltered inlet at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula, we watched the rain ease, then cease.  The clouds rose higher, then started to break up, and by late evening we were treated to a glorious sunset.  The next day would be perfect. Continue reading


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Passage to Kenai Peninsula: August 14-15, 2014

Dock full of fishing boats hiding from the gale

Dock full of fishing boats hiding from the gale

After a rainy day anchored in Chenega Bay near the mouth of Prince William Sound while a gale raged outside, we made a break for the open sea.  As the National Weather Service had predicted, the wind moderated in the early hours of August 14, so we set off after breakfast.  It was still pouring rain, but we were pretty used to that by this point.  Continue reading