Iceberg Hunter

Teresa Carey —
The Art Of Living, Simply

By Jeanne Craig
Published: April/May 2013

About this time, she met Ben Eriksen, another young, seasoned sailor and liveaboard. Carey and Eriksen cruised extensively together, albeit side by side. She ran her 27-footer while he piloted his Bristol Channel Cutter, Elizabeth. They traveled along the Eastern Seaboard and into the Bahamas. As their friendship evolved into something more serious, the couple made plans for more exciting adventures together.

They set their sights on a circumnavigation of Nova Scotia, where they hoped to glimpse an uncharted iceberg. While underway (this time with both Teresa and Ben on one boat, Elizabeth), they would film their adventure and make it into a documentary, tentatively titled "One Simple Question". They had two goals in mind for the film. First, it would illustrate the connection between simple living and happiness. "We want our film to inspire people, even if the inspiration is simply to find more joy in nature by getting outside more often," said Carey. Second, the film would depict what life is really like on a boat. "It's not about sipping beer and listening to Jimmy Buffet," she said.

Photo of Teresa Carey in her signature wool cap
A cheery Teresa Carey embraces the outdoor life.

The couple set off on their big adventure in June 2010, departing from Huntington, New York. "There were moments when I wished for a hot shower and a big bed to sleep in, and we really missed fresh fruits and vegetables," Carey said midtrip. Yet even with the challenges, the couple stayed the course and the result was One Simple Question, the movie they made about their quest to find an iceberg while challenging themselves to simplify their lives by living aboard a small sailboat and embarking on an uncertain journey. Turns out they did see an iceberg. "We saw more than just an iceberg," says Carey. "What we saw was a piece of the Petermann Ice Island, which was the largest Greenland iceberg to break off the Greenland ice sheet in the last 60 years. It drew the attention of climatologists worldwide." End of story marker


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