May 16, 2010

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Hi Everyone. Today is our day. We are off again to Galapagos. Option 4 was decided on and we are all excited about what lays ahead. (Especially the part where we hug the Gromits.)

We have spent the last couple of weeks working together to fix all of Artemo's issues. We have gone back to the fruit and veg market, picked up our frozen meat, bought more dairy, bought more spare parts (can never have enough of these), visited the dentist, loaded up on diesel and water and checked out of Panama!!

I believe in the power of visualization (thanks to my guru sister Annie) and we have a list on the wall in red felt marker that lists all the things we are grateful for, such as the ocean, fair wind, calm seas, Artemo, each other, a great captain and the list goes on but you get the picture. We are talking about how great the sail is going to be. We can see, we can feel it, we already feel grateful.

Amelia and I stopped by Tomek's boat yesterday and thanked him again for the pep talk. We told him that we had decided to go tomorrow. He said that we already had everything decided when we met him and that we actualy knew where we were going. Man, he is such a nice guy.

Now thanks to Chris, I have posted below the Dr. Seuss poem, "Oh! The Places You'll Go!". He pointed me to it in his comments on the last blog and we all really love it. It is inspiring and I think it is the perfect poem for our departure day.

ps.....It would be cool to know who is reading along on our voyage. Please feel free to drop a quick hello in the comments on this blog. We would all get a kicked out of seeing who else is along for the ride as we are out at sea. I heard yesterday that Graham's grandmother is reading along and this made us really happy.
pss....One more cool fact. Tomek just stopped by to look at the weather files with us and he showed me this tattoo he has on the inside of his wrist. It is white and really no one would ever notice it. It reads "I am" in polish. He said this is because "I am" is a powerful statement. It implies that you aren't hoping or wishing....YOU ARE. I of course loved this. He is one of a kind.
Oh! The Places You'll Go!

by the incomparable Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look'em over with care. About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there." With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town. It's opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You'll Go!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't. Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you'll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!


  1. Waving hellooo....from way up here in Newfoundland, Canada....We're following your journey...and have been ever since you 'dropped into' the Canadian Homeschoolers Board...way back before you left Toronto.

    Love following your journey!!

  2. "You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

    This is one of my favourite Dr. Seuss quotes :-)

    Remember watching Love Boat when we were younger? As the ship set sail each week there would be crowds of people waving, yelling, throwing streamers and a band playing. That's the send off I'm envisioning as Artemo sets sail :-)

    I appreciate being a part of such a great family. I appreciate being along on your adventure, reading all the blogs. Being able to phone or google chat with you when you're in the middle of the ocean. I appreciate all the great pictures you send. I love getting phone calls from Millie out of the blue. I appreciate what is, and look forward to what is coming.

    Bon Voyage Salty Gingers!

  3. Good luck on the next part of your journey, I'll be thinking of you from Ireland,Egypt,Jordan and Ethiopia as well as all points in between.
    Papa Roger (Dad)

  4. Checking in from Dawson Creek! Oh the places you'll go and I'll follow along through your blog! That book is amazing.....we bought it for Dallas when he got his Masters at U of C and we bought it for Derek when he got his Masters at UBC! It's a powerful book and I'm glad that you Perry's have connected with it. Now just get out there and ENJOY the journey, every step of the way. Sending hugs to all...Marilyn (and Al)

  5. We are all following your blogg in Inverary, Ontario. Good luck on your journey. Love your bloggs.Hope your seas are calm.

  6. Hey Perry's, it was great talking to you this morning before your departure.

    Have fun!

  7. Hi from Lacombe, we are watching and enjoying your journey as well although with a touch of worry. Have a great birthday Julie out there in the south Pacific. What a great way to spend your birthday, baby girl. Love you

  8. Hey Perry's. Glad you are off again. Sounds like the bora bora trip is back on! Hope you have a good birthday Julie. I will be thinking of you.

    If you and Graham want some alone time on your birthday you could always put the kids in the dinghy and tow them along.


  9. Yahoo, yahoo, are on your way!
    Happy Birthday, Julie!
    I just read this entry.
    This may sound totally nuts, but whenever I'm on deck, I'm already scanning the horizon for you. Liam just jumped up into the cockpit and turned on the VHF saying to me: "tell them to put their radio on channel 14!" ( that's the local hailing channel). I had to smile. If nothing else, we'll be drawing you here by shear willpower and excitement and anticipation of our so waited for reunion.
    Sail on, Artemos. You guys are amazing - we love you!!!!!