22 JUL '13
LEAVING FAMILY TO PURSUE THIS EXPEDITION
This is my first expedition where my two daughters fully grasp what their daddy is up to. Leaving them is the hardest thing for me and the one I reflect on the most. Being away from my kids for any length of time is difficult but, up here, in one of the remotest and hostile environments on earth, it really weighs heavily on my mind.
I decided to undertake this expedition because by doing it myself and my teammates can make a strong statement in the battle against climate change. Doing it is very important to me. It’s far easier for me to explain this to my girls, that I acted on my passions, than to lament to them that I didn’t act on my passions because of them.
It’s been a struggle over the last couple weeks for our team but we’re all fully in the moment, thoroughly enjoying the experience. Reading the myriad of comments being posted on various forums and social media about the expedition – both positive and negative – we know we’re reaching people and sharing our message. Disparaging comments are as valuable as supportive ones as they raise questions and encourage dialogue and debate.
The fragility of the arctic environment can’t be overstated. It needs to be protected.
“A more productive, certainly more engaging view, is that we have the intelligence to grasp what is happening, the composure not to be intimidated by its complexity, and the courage to take steps that may bear no fruit in our lifetimes.“ – Barry Lopez
Marine Forecasts for the Western Arctic Waterway
Wind south 15 knots becoming northwest 15 this morning then diminishing to light near noon. Wind increasing to west 15 this afternoon then backing to southwest 20 early this evening. Wind veering to west 15 near midnight then diminishing to light Wednesday morning. Wind becoming west 15 Wednesday evening. A few showers ending this morning. Rain tonight and Wednesday morning. Fog late this afternoon. Temperatures plus 4 falling to zero near noon Wednesday.
Ice Forecasts for Western and Central Arctic
Baillie - eastern half. 4 tenths of first-year ice. Baillie - western half. Open water except 3 tenths of first-year ice including a trace of old ice in the northern section.
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