It was here where Louise and her brothers rode horses, explored Mount Diablo, fished, hunted, camped, and generally led a rugged and adventurous life. When Louise was a teenager, both of her brothers died from disease within a few months of each other. Her parents were devastated and began to lean heavily on Louise for care and it was at this time that the Boyds bequeathed to the City of San Rafael their former gatehouse and some of the family property as a memorial to their two sons. The Victorian-style building is now the home of the Marin History Museum, after her brothers deaths, Louise traveled extensively with her parents making numerous trips to Europe. In the spring of 1919, Louise took a train to Buffalo, N. Y. purchased a car and drove across the United States at a time when there was no highway system and roads were often gravel. This would be the first of many trips that she would take. Upon her parents death in 1919 and 1920, Louise inherited the family fortune after caring for her parents in the last few years of their lives, with her inheritance, Louise Boyd could control her own destiny and indulge her intrepid spirit developed during her active California childhood. She began to travel in the early 1920s, and on a trip to Norway in 1924 she cruised out to sea and this experience proved instrumental in her life and she immediately began planning her own Arctic adventure. She gained international notoriety for her exploits and was dubbed by newspapers around the world, as the, “Arctic Diana” and “The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic”. Louise offered her services and the ship to the Norwegian government to search for Amundsen, saying, nevertheless, the Norwegian government awarded her the Chevalier Cross of the Order of Saint Olav. She was the first American woman to receive the order and the woman in the world to be so honored. Boyd is primarily known for leading a series of expeditions to the east. Louise photographed, surveyed and collected hundreds of specimens, having corresponded and learned from her good friend. The American Geographical Society published her findings and photographs from the 1933 and 1935 expeditions in a book titled The Fiord Region of East Greenland, an area near the De Geer Glacier was later named Louise Boyd Land. The journey, by car, rail, boat and on foot took her first from Lviv to Kovel and she finished the journey in Vilno. Her travel narrative was supplemented with over 500 photographs and published by the American Geographical Society in 1937 as Polish Countrysides. With the outbreak of World War II, the knowledge she had gained in the course of her six previous expeditions to Greenland and she was appointed as the Bureaus consulting expert on a dollar a year basis. At her own expense, she chartered and outfitted the schooner Effie M. Morrissey and this schooner, owned and commanded by captain Robert Bartlett, had been successfully running yearly scientific expeditions to the Arctic since 1926
Louise Boyd in 1928.
Boyd chartered the Hobby, a supply ship of Tromsø for her trips in 1926 and 1928