Blogging from Barbados

Happy Thanksgiving, mon! The family and I are on a cruise this week, taking a vacation in the Caribbean as we explore Poseidon’s territory. Today we spent the morning swimming with sea turtles and snorkeling at Malibu Beach in Barbados. I knew I was in the right place when I saw that the Barbados flag is the trident of Poseidon. At the beach, a group of horses kept riding in and out of the sea, which helped me understand how the ancient Greeks might believe Poseidon created horses out of waves.

We’ve had a great week. We watched the sunset in San Juan and got serenaded by roosters as dawn broke over Antigua. We sailed a pirate ship out of St. Lucia. We took a sky ride to the top of St. Thomas. After rain in St. Maarten, the rainbow goddess Iris put on a beautiful display. The kids are loving the cruise ship’s cafeteria, especially the pizza and soft-serve ice cream. They’ve also had a great time sampling the beaches, and brought back a ton of sand and rocks in their swimsuits! Tomorrow we sail back to San Juan and fly home to San Antonio from there.

I’m thankful for vacation, and thankful to be going back to a job I love — writing books! I’m especially thankful to all the readers who have made Percy Jackson their own. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Eat some turkey for us, as we’re living on tropical drinks, pizza and chocolate at the moment. A tough job, but someone has to do it!

Rick Riordan