The New Vagabondist

Hello friends, it’s been almost two years since I first launched the Vagabondist. A lot has happened during those years– my 3 month trip to South America ended up lasting more than a year because I joined the crew of a sailboat exploring Patagonia, I sailed as crew to Antarctica aboard a 104-year old fully-rigged barque, and I started working as an expedition … More The New Vagabondist

Ice Watch

If I were to ask you to climb 75 feet up a rope ladder (the shrouds) on a rocking ship, to stand on some metal bars and cling to a mast in the frigid Antarctic air while keeping lookout for icebergs– what would you say? I’m guessing there’s a high chance your response might sound something like … More Ice Watch

An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

The Bark Europa is currently sailing on her fourth Antarctic voyage of the season. While she’s at sea, the crew and trainees write blog posts, which I enjoy following (even though they make me seriously jealous) ! I was struck by this recent post, written by a trainee named Paula: Where else are mountains rearing straight out of crystal clear … More An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Antarctica is impossible. Impossibly beautiful; a place of inconceivable extremes. At times, Antarctica overwhelms you with a sense of absolute peacefulness and silence. Ice and snow and sea stretch out all around you, immersing you in an incredible stillness. Seals and penguins glide through the water. Beautiful, graceful birds soar overhead. The sun filters through white clouds … More What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

Looks can be deceiving. Deception Island, located in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, was named for just that reason. Appearing to be an ordinary island, Deception in fact is a volcanic crater, forming a ring with a narrow entrance into a large bay named Port Foster. Ships can sail directly into the flooded volcanic crater– truly remarkable– through Neptune’s Bellows, … More Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica

The Drake Passage may be nasty, but even when we were struggling through the worst of it on our way south, my spirits were always lifted by what awaited us: Antarctica. On our first voyage, I kept pinching myself– I couldn’t believe I was actually sailing to Antarctica aboard the Bark Europa. How could this be … More My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica

How I Ended Up Sailing to Antarctica with the Bark Europa

It’s been a while since I last posted. And a lot has happened– but would you expect anything else? Let me backtrack. In November, the project I had been working on for the majority of the past year— sailing for science in Patagonia— encountered some major obstacles. Decisions were made, and the future of the project … More How I Ended Up Sailing to Antarctica with the Bark Europa