It’s hard to believe that today is the half-way point of this expedition. We’ve only learned this evening that the communications that were sent over the past few days have not been received. We hope that this can be resolved quickly so that the messages don’t have to wait until our return. Even with today’s modern conveniences and satellite systems, where we are is so remote that many of the daily things that we take forgranted are difficult. To make matters even more difficult almost half of the expedition crew has become sick with a cold or flu.