Yes, I am doing both of these things. The blog is to be used by any team member who desires to post either words or photos before or during the expedition. From the introductory e-mails that we sent, our team is comprised of members from across the US; it will be fun getting to know each other in the field. (Members, feel free to post an introductory statement here on the blog :) ).
Four team members have decided to meet early and do some sight-seeing for three days before the official Earthwatch Expedition begins.