Thursday, June 19, 2014


"Oh, The Places You Will Go", by Dr. Seuss (published 1990), turned out to be my favorite book by this wonderful children's author.  It was published at the time my own kids were making us empty-nesters, and they were choosing all kinds of places to go with their lives.
I've thought about this book a lot the past two weeks; as, once again, our son was off traveling.  This was his fourth trip traveling internationally with teenagers from the school where he teaches sharing his enthusiasm for life-long learning and travel.  
I cannot deny that I feel a sense of relief when they all return safely.  Even though I know he is a competent, seasoned traveler; it is still a huge responsibility on his part to take other peoples' teenagers to foreign places.

Here are a few more photos from Japan to close out this travelogue.  See my three previous posts for more.

Oh, the sights they have seen ----

Making new friends and sharing the international language of teenagers - Facebook!
And, the memories they have made traveling with their high school classmates.
For now, goodbye to Japan.  Hopefully, it is just the beginning of many traveling experiences for these teenagers.

Here is one of my favorite pictures of the whole trip -- my kid, the fearless leader of this group, reading the map finding his way around the world.  From the time he was three years old, he sat in the front seat of the car with a map navigating the way!  The kids look like they are getting a little impatient with Dr. Saulmon; but trust me, he won't get them lost.
To read a more in depth and much more entertaining description of this trip (including his ongoing search for the perfect Starbucks), check out his blog, "Michael M. Saulmon Travel".  

I'm joining the following:
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday


Sue said...

How in the world did I miss three whole posts on Michael's trip....last I saw he was running off with your camera....okay I'm going back to find them....bTW...daughter is the family map reader also...she can read a European map upside down and still get us where we need to go...

Jann Olson said...

Sally, I would have killed for an opportunity like this when I was in high school. lol! Not literally, but how lucky this kids are now days! I was never a very good map navigator. Got car sick if I looked down at a map too long. Still have to have hubby pull over for me to look. Not as bad as when I was young, but still at times I am a dizzy blonde. Hee-hee! Because of this I have always been much more a landmark person. Always looking up. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Natasha In Oz said...

I can't wait to take my kids to Japan. I went there when I was in high school and still remember the hospitality, humility and grace of all the people we met.

My sister and her hubby are flying there today with their 3 small children so it's such a coincidence I saw this post at Suzanne's linky party!

Best wishes and thanks for sharing!
Natasha in Oz

SmilingSally said...

Hi Sally,

FB, Starbucks . . . how did the world exist before? LOL

Thanks for playing today.

Happy Blue Monday!

bj said...

What a wonderful experience for every one there.
I know you are proud of your boy.:)
xo bj