I overheard the staff whispering “Robert Swan is saying this year’s trip will be cold and treacherous.” Some of the trek leaders are expecting this to be among one the roughest 2041 expeditions. Challenge accepted! Time to put 17 years of Scouting preparedness and outdoor skills to the test. No […]

Prepared for Adventure


I woke to a note on my door. I noticed each door had a different personalized poem or message, this was mine: Front side: “The world begins at the kitchen table.  No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought, prepared, set on the table.  […]

Day 3 – Disembark


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True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point – your fixed point in a spinning world – that helps you stay on track as a leader. Your True […]

The compass that guides me…


Starting at 8 AM, our schedule is jam-packed with no free time until after 10 PM. We are told we must follow the “Bronco 5” rule during the expedition and be five minutes early for everything. Bronco 5 is named after Bronco Lane who lost five fingers (and ten toes) […]

Day 2 – Talking & Walking



Ddalgi and I take a moment to relax and contemplate life. The hotel where we stayed for two nights is situated on a hill 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas. We had very little time to enjoy the amenities of this […]

Arakur Ushuaia


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The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at the Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens, in my home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, became the seventh building in the world to meet the Living Building Challenge.  I’m very proud to be connected with the Phipps and excited about the things they are doing! The […]

Greenest building in the world!


I woke to a beautiful view of the Beagle Channel with spectacular cloud formations and the feeling that I wanted to spend more time exploring this beautiful area. Our host Jack had prepared a breakfast of homemade bread, mango strawberry jam, cheese and corn flakes. He also served their favorite […]

Day 1 – Check-in


When I learned the hotels were full (and expensive) in Ushuaia, I turned to AirBnB. I should have looked their first. AirBnB, mentioned in one of our required reading books The World We Made, is a sustainable model of peer to peer, local services that is worth copying by other business. […]

¡Gracias Jack y Marta



The show I mentioned in my earlier post, Our Rising Oceans: VICE Season 3-Episode 1, is now available for viewing online.  I encourage everyone to watch and post your comments.  The Season 2 episode on Greenland is also worthy of your time. UPDATE: the episode is no longer available for free. […]

Video worth watching


Henry Ward and I met Zack Faja, who had arrived earlier in the morning and was already at Jack and Marta’s place.  All five of us had tea while deciding what to do. Zack is a cadet from the UK. Henry recently finished high school and works as a prep chef. His […]

Beautiful Ushuaia


I met fellow expedition member Henry Ward by chance in the waiting area. He recognized me from Facebook. There was an 1.5 hour delay, reason unknown.  People clapped when the flight attendants came through the line. Our jaws dropped when we realized the plane was level with the tops of […]

Flying. Again


Everywhere I travel, I like to venture out and see what life is like for the people who live there. The hotel where I stayed is located in an area called Barrio Uno, known as “the world’s cutest neighborhood.”  (Click on the link and use Google Translate to learn more) […]

Local flavor