The excitement about this spring’s York Boat expedition brings to mind another great adventure that started from Dunvegan six years ago on May 24, 2005. It was the Idlewild Expedition.
Retired bison rancher Ben Gray had the wild idea of navigating the Northwest Passage… in a trawler yacht named Idlewild. After that, the voyage would continue around the world: “From Dunvegan to the Arctic and Around the World,” “Alberta NWT Greenland Africa Australia Alaska Japan East Indies.”
The short story is that the expedition was completed. The long story, a much more interesting read, is told by Ben Gray at through his weekly log on the Idlewild and hundreds of pictures. There is a lot to be said about a 62,000 km journey around the world, one that included the longest nonstop passage by a trawler yacht (between South Africa and Australia), and was the first circumnavigation of the world to begin inland and use portages! You can read the log on line; just search for Idlewild Expedition.