The Wrap.
March 21, 2018

The EarthCruiser FX is a really good-rugged-looking vehicle with clean lines and a well thought-through design. In it’s new-born state it is gleaming white. As the date for picking up Molly drew closer, we started thinking of possibly putting something on the sides:  an outline, a picture, …. we weren’t too sure. Eventually we came […]

The Naming.
March 17, 2018

photo courtesy of EC_HQ, Bend, OR.   September 23-24, 2018. A month after meeting Michelle and Lance on Green Ridge to view the solar eclipse, we flew back to EarthCruiser in Bend to look at and discuss all the ins, outs and aspects of an EC; to compare the different models (we were lucky that […]

Meeting Molly.
March 17, 2018

Monday, March 12th, 2018. Early morning of Monday March 12th we flew to Redmond, OR, with an obscene amount of luggage: 3 North Face duffel bags, 2 Pelican cases, 1 suitcase (all to be checked – status with United really paid off), one computer bag, one day bag, one camera bag, one Filston 48 hour […]

The Beginning
March 15, 2018

In 1992/93 we backpacked around Africa – well we went to countries that would admit us (being a single white woman – we weren’t married at the time – made some countries refuse me an entry visa) and countries that weren’t considered off limits at the time. Our gear consisted of a 1.5 person tent […]

Under Construction
March 7, 2018

MOLLY 42 “This is a thinking man’s toy”, Michelle Boltz   The key events in the construction of our Molly.   Contract Signed – September 23rd, 2017   Name Selected – Molly – September 24th, 2017 Molly is the name we have selected for our new overland expedition vehicle. Molly is the 42nd earthcruiser to […]

Trinidad de Cuba. November 12, 2017.
November 19, 2017

Located in the province of Sancti Spíritus, in Central Cuba, is the perfectly preserved Spanish outpost of Trinidad, famous for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets. It was founded in the early 16th century in honor of the Holy Trinity and was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its neo-baroque main […]

Goodbye Beautiful Cuba! November 18, 2017.
November 18, 2017

We are sailing out of Santiago de Cuba at the time of writing. I do not believe I have ever felt so emotional when leaving a country. Beautiful Cuba: you and your people gave us a very warm welcome. I fell fortunate to have been able to see not only breathtaking Havana, but also Cienfuegos, […]

Cienfuegos, Cuba. 13 November, 2017.
November 14, 2017

On November 12 at 8:00 The World anchored at Cienfuegos, a city on Bahía de Cienfuegos, a bay on Cuba’s south coast. Known as Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’ ,the colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading […]

Belize. 7-8 November, 2017
November 12, 2017

Located on the east coast of Belize at the mouth of the Belize River, Belize City is home to the country’s largest seaport. However, a narrow channel prohibits large ships from docking. I arrived on November 7th just after noon and had arranged for a taxi to pick me up and transport me to The Great […]

Expeditions and Adventures
Welcome to our Blog!
September 22, 2017

All Blog entries can be found here. A list of the countries we have visited and the the top 200 top cities.   Family and Friends Stephen’s 50th Birthday on The World, 2017 Eeklo and Gent. Christmas 2015 All Family and Friends City Trips Washington DC. March 2016 Brugge, Belgium. December 2015 Austin, Texas. September […]

Aurora Australis on the long voyage to New Zealand
February 5, 2017

Monday, January 30th – Monday, February 6th On Monday, January 30th, we all got together on the stern of the ship for a ‘Farewell Antarctica Cocktail’. What an incredible experience being able to visit an area as remote as the Ross Sea! On the 7-day voyage to New Zealand a lot of time was spent […]

A walk on Ice in Bartlett Inlet
February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 29th Our last landing in Antarctica was truly magical. The Bridge and EYOS worked together to find a place where we could safely land to go for a walk on the ice shelf. Not that straightforward given that the edge of the shelf is basically a sheer ice cliff. Unbelievable experience. To top […]

Saturday, January 28th We had breakfast as the ship reached the far eastern edge of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf and sailed into the ‘Bay of Whales’. The Bay was named by Shackleton in 1908 for the large number of whales sighted as they approached. It was here that Roald Amundsen over-wintered before setting off to […]

Cruising along the Ross Sea Ice Shelf
February 2, 2017

Friday, January 27th It is almost impossible to describe the sheer immensity of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf. As Ross sailed south he saw a white line: “extending from its eastern extreme point as far as the eye could discern to the eastward. It presented an extraordinary appearance, gradually increasing in height, as we got nearer […]

Adélie penguin rookery on Franklin Island
February 2, 2017

Thursday, January 26th Franklin Island in the Ross Sea is 7nmi / 13km long and lies about 80 nmi / 130km east of Cape Hickey, Victoria Land. It was discovered by James Clark Ross on 27 January 1841 and named for Sir John Franklin, the noted Arctic explorer, who as Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (now […]

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