Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day Celebrations

Sometimes being a hero means having the courage and determination to say, "Forward!" while the crowd all around you cries, "Turn back!" William Bennett
We were fortunate to have the replicas of the Nina and Pinta arrive at the Huntington Yacht Club this week.

This to-shore-boat was made by a 14 year old boy in South America who has been given the ancient boat making methods by his family.

The ropes were all natural hemp, painted in pine tar - STINKY! Because we hooked up with the Huntington Homeschooling group, we paid nominal fees for a very educational event.

We pulled all the boys out of school about an hour earlier, and even kidnapped Mr. Brown Sign from his university duties.

"The good mate said: "Now must we pray,
For lo! the very stars are gone;
Speak, Admiral, what shall I say?"
"Why say, sail on! and on!"

"Brave Admiral, say but one word;
What shall we do when hope is gone?"
The words leaped as a leaping sword:
"Sail on! sail on! and on!"
That is just a portion of the poem, Sail On! Sail On! by Joaquin Miller. Although Christopher Columbus never knew he had not reached India, we're grateful for his spirit of adventure, and perserverence.
"And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land." 1 Nephi 13:12


LL said...

Love that quote by Willaim Bennett.

Joy said...

See look another fun adventure together. Looks like a fun time and very educational.

Becky said...

What a great experience. Love that you tagged along with other homeschooling families.

ChefTom said...

The more history I have witnessed in my life the more I appreciate history that laid the foundation for my life.

Thanks for sharing

Amy M. said...

What a great event to celebrate- I miss living on the east coast where such rich history comes alive. I'm thankful to those who preserve and replicate such things for us to gather the full affect of history.

shirlgirl said...

What a wonderful day for all of you! You always find wonderful things to do as a family and so educational. Good for you.

Bachland :) said...

What fun, we only wish we were there!!!

CubSctAnn said...

"Aaarrr! Ahoy there Mateys! What a wonderful looking family of ScheneVark pirates ye have there!" I be Mad Cap'n Annie, yer webcap'n. Good thing Ya'll explored ye history on a glorious day. Where's ye treasure?! Are ye're soundin' like a real pirate now? Smooth sailin', an' fair winds t' ye!

"Seven men on a dead man's chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rootbeer!" Hahaaarrrr!

"Avast belay, yo ho, heave to,
A-pirating we go
And if we're parted by a shot
We're sure to meet below!"
"Yo ho, yo ho, the pirate life,
The flag o'skull and bones
A merry hour, a hempen rope
And 'hey' for Davy Jones!"
(Peter and Wendy with Captain
Hook and his pirate ship Jolly Roger)

Whitney Johnson said...

What an interesting post! I like how you combined your life with both secular and spiritual history!

Makes everything come alive.

Duncan Chaos said...

I am glad you guys came with us. It was an awesome field trip for the kids.