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Aboard Dogbark, we traverse from Seattle to Greenland over the top of Canada.


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The Tougher Choice

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December 13, 2018

*This article appeared in the November issue of 48 North*

Sailing through the arctic is tough, there is no doubt about that. The winds blow hard and cold, ripping across Siberia unimpeded by any significant topography (or even trees). The route ahead is often choked with slabs of ice, swirling…


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Watching

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December 7, 2018

*This article appeared in the October publication of 48 North, and then I forgot to share it with you in November. So here it is, to answer the question I know you ponder daily — what is it like to be on watch above the arctic circle?*

My eyes are…


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You haven’t heard from me in a while

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December 3, 2018

You haven’t heard from me in a while, and I’m sorry for that. I’m not mad at you, I promise. It’s just that it took me a while to decompress after turning back from the northwest passage. And my writing time recently has been devoted to several articles that…


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Sunrise

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October 5, 2018

We were, quite literally, in the middle of the north Pacific Ocean. It was 1,200 nautical miles backwards to Alaska, 1,000 nautical miles forward to Hawaii and 1,300 nautical miles windward to Washington. We were 1,000 miles from anywhere.

The night had been the prettiest yet with a dramatic sliver…


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Day 5

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October 2, 2018

Here is a piece I wrote while on passage from Alaska to Hawaii, but of course didn’t have the internet to post it in real time.

It is the fifth day of passage and I just now feel like my brain has re-solidified from its state of mush enough to…


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But what do you eat?

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September 5, 2018

I’m not one to post glamorous photos of my most recent dinner on Instagram. While I enjoy cooking and consuming delicious and nutritious fare, I don’t often feel the need to share our meals with the world.

But it’s important to listen to your audience. And my audience wants to…


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Out of Order

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August 30, 2018

This post is out of order, sorry for the inconvenience.

Usually, the stories of our adventures materialize here a few weeks after we have adventured those particular adventures. This gives us time to process the events, organize the words onto the page, edit the photos into beautiful works of…


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Arctic Party Video

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August 19, 2018

Here is a fun video John shot with the drone of our Arctic Party shenanigans. Such a fun time!

I also published a short piece for Cruising World about these shenanigans, if you want some words to go with this video magic.


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Drawing Courage

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August 16, 2018

Here we wait. Smothered under a heavy damp blanket of sky the color of apathy. Surrounded by incongruously cheerful miniature sculptures of ice, gliding across the mirrored sea surface with grace, mocking the murky grey sky with a thousand shades of tenacity. Constrained by the wrong colors stained across…


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The Bering Sea

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August 15, 2018

(I recognize this post is a bit overdue. Now that we are navigating through ice, the Bering Sea feels like another lifetime. But internet is sporadic, and so I’m a bit behind in posting.)

If you would have asked me ten years ago – or five years ago, or even…

John and Becca Guillote

Becca is the writer. She tells vivid stories of authentic moments, highlighting the beautiful, dangerous, dramatic and hilarious with grammatically correct sentences and her tongue held firmly by her cheek.                                                                          
John is the photographer. He portrays the layers of history, emotion, spirit and culture in each moment through his application of light, perspective, and detail. He also takes pictures.

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