I haven't posted any "breaking news" on my blog before, but this is a great time to start. The first of the trapped Chilean miners, Florencio Ávalos, 31, has made it to the surface. He has been reunited with his wife and his 8-year old son, and seems to be in good, robust health. It was tremendously touching to watch in real time. Now we all have to hope that the next 35-36 trips go as well. There were 33 trapped miners, and 3-4 paramedics and rescuers have made the descent and will have to be lifted out. Each round trip takes approximately 45 minutes, so it will be more than a full day and night before they're all safely on the surface again.