A Smart Girl Abby was reportedly in good condition, though presumably disappointed she came up short in her quest to equal what her brother did last year. She has every right to be. But for her efforts in pushing the envelope, in being a modern-day Magellan, Abby and her family was skewered in the blogosphere and elsewhere.
She was called irresponsible, her family was decried for letting a 16-year-old loose on the ocean and many complained of the resources spent to rescue a kid from her frivolous journey at sea.
I understand those critiques, but they are misguided and ultimately fail to take into account that Abby was simply carrying on human being’s greatest tradition: