Monday, 30 April 2018

A - Z Challenge 2018 - Z

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.


There are a few Z places on my family tree, but I don't know anything about them or the people that lived there. They are the ancestors of my Aunt, who was a war bride from the Netherlands. So I will stick to what I know, and at the same time give a nod to my husband who puts up with me always being at the computer, half listening to what he's saying because I'm in the middle of writing a post, and taking side trips to search through cemeteries with me. 

While I am an indoorsy person, my husband Gary has always been an outdoor adventurer. In his life, besides the usual activities like camping and cross country skiing, he has enjoyed adventurous activities like rock climbing, sailing, cave diving, and scuba diving (which he taught).  Living on the Island Gary decided he wanted to try ocean kayaking. One of his adventures was a 10 day kayak camping trip at Zeballos

Zeballos is a village on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, Bc, on the Zeballos River at the head of Zeballos Inlet, and the gateway to Nootka Sound. The population went from 0 to 1500 with the discovery of gold, fluctuated with employment going between mining and logging, and now only about 190 live there year round. 

Gary's group stayed the first night in the hotel in Zeballos, then the next morning met their guides at the docks in the village. Besides their own equipment, all the supplies were distributed among the kayaks.

All the meals were provided, a couple of which were cook-your-own.  One that he enjoyed was a breakfast of scramble-in-a-bag, for which you break a couple of eggs into a ziplock bag, add from a variety of diced items like mushrooms, peppers, ham, etc, zip it, shake it, smoosh it, and drop it the pot full of boiling water over the fire. 

It is rare that Gary takes photos, so we have no photos of his trip. The trip took him up inlets, around small islands, along deep fjords and seeing secluded coves and camping on a different island every night. This area is abundant in wildlife... including black bears, wolves, orcas and grey whales, sea lions, otters and eagles... all depending on what time of year you go. Though we have seen them all over the years, this trip he only saw sea lions and eagles.


  1. From A to Z, from that continent to this one, from VERY OLD ancestors to your VERY YOUNG I'M SURE husband - you did it. And you were going to skip this year. Silly woman! ThankZ for hanging out with me. CongratulationZ!

    1. It was challenging at times to get it done, April is such a busy month - but I'm glad I did it. Thanks for encouraging and following! I'll start thinking about next year :-)

  2. I'm glad you didn't skip this year! I enjoyed your posts. That omlette in a bag boil looks interesting. I don't know if I'll every try it, but I wonder if my boy scout grandson has done that. Your husband's trip sounds wonderful. Congratulations on completing the A to Z this year!!

    1. Thanks for following Kristin. I've enjoyed meeting you through A to Z, and reading your posts.

  3. Congratulations on making it to Z. I'll have to go catch up. Somehow when I'd click on your link, it took me to your other blog and I missed your blog links to this one.

    1. It was a fun challenge.
      Thanks for visiting.


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