08/19/2014 1746 hrs. Well the gales subsided enough to row into town. But the only rowing needed was to slow us as we beached. Our anchor held strong, but the nights are getting darker and the ice was gnawing at my gut. So I was pleasantly surprised to view the Ice chart today! That warm […]Read more "Captains Log 08/20/2014 Farewell Gjoa Haven and friends."
At this moment, from my warm, cozy chair on this Alaska Airlines jet, I am looking down at the floor of this world. I lack for no comfort here. Hot coffee was just served right to my chair. I am not even required to throw away my own trash. When they take my trash, the […]Read more "Shaking loose of the grid."
Another chapter unfolds in our exploration of the Arctic, as I resign my position in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Samantha, Steven, the dog “Bruce” and myself will set up camp, smack dab in the middle of the Northwest Passage. The story of how Samantha and I met is amazing and will only be done justice by […]Read more "Beginning our lives together in Nunavut."
It’s just past 5 AM, here on the North Slope. I just got off nightshift, where I work as a mechanic in the winter. I’m tired. Yet I sit down this morning to write. Simply because what I have to say will not write itself. Personally I believe that the best thing we can pass […]Read more "Safe Home"
Sharing with young people is one of the most satisfying opportunities in life. I am thankful for opportunities like this. http://sewardcitynews.com/2013/10/empericus-embarks-on-seward-middle-school/Read more "Sharing with young people about the Northwest Passage"
“Resonate” -to produce or be filled with a deep, full reverberating sound. We hear about all the ripple effects, don’t we? We hear the gossip and the drama. We as humans seem to love drama. Drama and blame. I have a theory about that. The theory goes that we tend to take the wide path […]Read more "Resonate on the bright side."
For hundreds of years, men have set their sights on the Northwest Passage. Motivations were primarily trade, beyond the passage. Then as time went on, fur trades were developed in the Arctic as a way to fund further exploration and or at least justify a presence here. When Roald Amundsen made the passage a reality, […]Read more "The “Crown Jewel” of the Northwest Passage"
When I decided to end the 2013 season in Cambridge bay, I was set on the decision as the wisest option. However, this left me somewhat unsettled inside. I desired some satisfaction at the end of this journey and quite honestly, some purpose. The claws of life on land, hooked each one of us in […]Read more "Enjoying The Process works on land as well."
Its 2:30 AM here aboard Empiricus. We are a hundred Nautical Miles East of Point Barrow. Hugging the coast only 3 miles away. The pack ice curtains us in on the Port side, as we slowly motor in sloppy, uneasy seas. We douced all our sails a few hours ago, having sailed most of this […]Read more "A gift of time."
Adventure update as of 0340, July 28, 2013: As Empiricus sails well into the Arctic Ocean, parlaying with whales and walrus, skirting pieces of ice and gaining empirical knowledge of the treasures to be found in the frigid waters of the North, the captain relates enthusiastically the beauty of the voyage thus far. “At one […]Read more "71°23′20″N 156°28′45″W -Coincidence?"