Location: Antigua

I have good news and bad news. The good news is we have just arrived in Antigua, our final destination. The bad news is I’m not going to tell you about it. You’ll have to wait for tomorrow. Today I want to talk about Leah Anne Shopneck. Leah is one of the staff members on board. She’s responsible for a number of things, but I basically think of her as a keystone; take her away, and the whole program collapses. Included among her duties is bringing you this blog. And although you’ve never met her for the last 87 days, she’s been tirelessly working for you. She’s the woman behind the camera, always remembering to take pictures while the rest of us are busy playing in waterfalls. She’s the one that motivates and reminds each of us to write our skipper’s blog. She’s the one who always somehow manages to find the internet no matter how remote our location or how slow the connection speed is. And she is the one that courageously battles the technical problems inherent in the process. It’s an incredible amount of work, and if you’re reading this, you’ve obviously been following them. If the blog is a window into our world, Leah is the frame. And since, unfortunately, you cant thank her in person, I thought I’d do it for all of us.