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


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Northwest Passage Underway

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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Lifestyle Northwest Passage

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…

the sisters making a run to the dump


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Pounding through Preparations

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August 2, 2018

This article appeared in 48 North last month, so it’s a little bit out of order now – but I thought I’d share how those final weeks of preparation felt.

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Like so many of life’s greatest adventures, this journey started with a harebrained idea. From that little seed, the idea…


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Newsworthy

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July 30, 2018

DogBark! made the news this weekend. You can watch the story here:

Be sure to notice all of the “courtesy of John Guillote” tributes in the corner – he shot a lot of the included video!


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The Sitka Shuffle

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July 26, 2018

We had been talking about Sitka for months. It was our first major milestone, the end of the beginning of the journey. As we started north through the inside passage, our focus was on getting to Sitka in time for prescheduled flights and haul outs. And then, suddenly, 21…

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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