Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zoo - I live in one! #AtoZChallenge

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo. 
-- Paul Simon

When I wrote my first post for the A to Z Challenge, I did not know the what the remaining posts were going to be about. While blogging about my life in Ecuador for the past month, I realized that I live in a zoo. A natural, wild, amazing zoo!

Throughout the month, I introduced the following zoo residents: (click link to open post)
  1. Blue-footed boobies
  2. Humpback whales
  3. Iguanas
  4. A Monkey
  5. Owls
  6. A Frog
  7. Sea Turtles

No zoo is complete without water and I wrote about natural tide pools and Gary Vance providing drinking water. In the gift shop, there is the Tagua palm nut. The zoo sky is filled with glorious colors at sunset.

There are many more residents in this zoo still to meet. 

White-edged oriole
Puerto Lopez, Manabí, Ecuador

There is human adventure in the zoo to talk about, too, like whale watching with girls from the Olon Orphanage.

Girls from the Olon Orphanage whale watching
Puerto Lopez, Manabí, Ecuador

I will share more about the earthquake recovery efforts and anything else Mother Nature tosses our way.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed what you read in April, I hope you come back for more from my Ecuador zoo life. I will write a weekly post similar to the ones you have been reading. The first comes out on Monday, May 15. Suggestions are welcome - please add them in the comments :)

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What are some of the animals in your zoo?

If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include your blog link in a comment so I can check it out. Thank you for joining me for an amazing month!

52 comments:

  1. Thank you, Emily. I have enjoyed reading your slices of life in a different place. Interesting and fun stuff. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jz. So glad you enjoyed them. It was fun!

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  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I enjoyed learning more about Ecuador.
    Finding Eliza

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    1. Thank you Kristin! I enjoyed learning about genealogy searches and how complex they can be from your Finding Eliza posts.

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  3. Have enjoyed your posts and will be following you. I hope you'll drop by and visit me as well. Find me here.LINK

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I'll hop over and read your Zulu post now!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing the A to Z Challenge and thanks for visiting/commenting on my blog! Loved your posts about the orphanage and all the wonderful activities they have for the children. Looking forward to your A to Z Reflections post when they set the date :-)

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    1. Thanks for continuing to stop by and reading along, Molly! The orphanage is near and dear to my heart so I love writing about it. I have enjoyed reading your childhood memories on your family farm, too.

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  5. A great natural zoo indeed! It was fun reading your posts this month. Congrats on completing the Challenge.

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  6. It has been totally fascinating learning so much about a place of which I previously knew very little. Thank you.Thanks also for joining me in Amble Bay. I cannot think of anywhere more different from your home!

    It's farewell to Amble Bay!

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    1. Thanks, Keith! It was fun sharing a bit about Ecuador, especially for people who knew little about it. Hope you come back to pick up a little more through future posts. Thank you for sharing Amble Bay with us, too. I agree - two completely different places!

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  7. Living in a zoo, what a wonderful way to end A to Z. I liked how you summed up some of your posts in this final one. I think your other post sound great and I am going to zip back and read a few. Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from A to Z: Zonked
    Shari

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    1. Thanks so much Shari! I think your boys might enjoy the story about the monkey on my head :)

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  8. Hi Emily - I've enjoyed your posts about Ecuador ... so any more will be wonderfully well received ...

    ... some more stats about wildlife in Ecuador ... I gather you've got 10% of plant species in Ecuador, and there are 1700 or so bird species ... incredible ...

    I noted these as I'd just met you blogging here ... so the Mashpi Rainforest was being talked about and the aerial system ... with its butterfly species: is that right a butterfly centre ... Mashpi is way out of my price bracket?!?!!?

    Looking forward to see you around ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/z-is-for-zebra-zoo-and-zedland.html

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    1. Thank you for your Ecuador research, Hilary! The amount of flora and fauna here is incredible. For a tiny country, Ecuador has four distinct regions - the ocean, Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest and Galapagos.

      I looked up the Mashpi Lodge - way out of my price bracket, too!!! Holy wow!

      The best butterfly watching as I understand everyone I have asked is in Mindo. It is in a cloud forest known for butterflies, hummingbirds, and orchids. I will write about it once I go :)

      Looking forward to seeing you around, too.

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  9. You've got some very interesting animals in your zoo. I love blue-footed boobies because of their name and their bright feet. In my zoo, I see cats, raccoons, possums, deer, sparrows, bluejays, cardinals, purple finches, gold finches, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, mice, moles, butterflies, as well as stinkbugs, spiders, and mosquitos. Not too shabby.

    Z is for Zika Virus

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    1. The blue-footed boobies are so cute. Thanks for sharing your zoo residents, Tamara :) Nice variety. Mornings must be wonderful with all of the birds.

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  10. It's lovely to live so close to nature. We have guinea fowl, hadedas, plovers, various pigeons, woodpeckers and too many other birds to mention :-) Then there's the hares, moles, wild cats that eat all the rats (see - it's awesome to live alongside nature, you'll even rhyme ;-) ) and other mammals. Let's not talk about the snakes and other reptiles... And I'm not even mentioning the pets ;-) I hope you had a great A-to-Z.

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    1. Hi Ronel, Thanks for sharing your South African zoo residents. Nice that your cats eat rats and provide ready-made poetry :) I agree - it is awesome to live alongside nature. Had a great A to Z; hope you did, too!

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  11. Emily, I have learned a great deal about your life in Ecuador and will follow your future posts. Now I need to finish my "Z is for Zebras" blog.

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    1. Thanks Judy. Your blog has been a wealth of information. I had no idea there was such a great support network among RVers. Go Giants!

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  12. Emily , its been such a pleasure visiting your blog through the challenge . What I appreciated the most about your posts is that they all had a very important part of you - your passion , your zeal , your humaneness . It's been great to connect and to find a mine of information on my visits here .
    Congratulations on a very successful and beautiful A to Z. I wish you the very best for your days in Ecuador. I will sure return to see you again
    keep well 😊
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Moon for the incredibly kind thoughts! I wanted to be able to share some of myself via this blog so I am glad it came through :) Congratulations to you, too!

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  13. What a delightful series about Ecuador Emily - I've enjoyed it thoroughly! And I'll certainly be back for more.

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    1. Thank you Deborah! I really appreciate it!

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  14. Such a great blog series, I really enjoyed your perspective on Ecuador, having spent little time on the coast while we were there.

    Congrats on finishing - you did good!!

    DB McNicol | Oh, the places we will go! | Zippo & Zion

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. You challenged me to do this; I accepted and I did it (with your support along the way)! I am thrilled that I went on this journey :) Thank you, thank you!!

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  15. Great work on a month of blogging!

    Phillip | Z is for Zines | Zoinks! I made it to the end!

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  16. Congrats on reaching the end of the challenge! I bet you're as relieved as I am to be here and I know I am certainly looking forward to going back to my usual three posts a week from today :) Lovely to have connected and I hope we stay in touch x
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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    1. Thanks Leanne! Yes, relieved and excited to be finished :) I'm looking forward to once per week instead of daily posts.

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  17. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Emily. I've loved reading about your zoo, and I've signed up to follow your posts.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I look forward to sharing more of my zoo and experiences with you.

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  18. Such a fitting finale for your journey through the wild alphabet, Emily. You truly do live in a zoo atmosphere of beautiful nature. Congratulations for completing the AtoZChallenge.

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    1. I do love the zoo atmosphere where I live! Thank you Gail!

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  19. You live in a zoo? like really? Wow, super wow. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for regularly dropping by my blog. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. Every post was wonderful

    A to Z Reflections: Looking Back In Time

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    1. Just a figurative zoo, DeeDee - there are so many animals around and it fit for Z :) Thank you for dropping by regularly. I look forward to reading your reflections once I have written mine.

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  20. Congrats on crossing the A to Z finishing line, Emily!
    You are blessed to live amongst all these animals.
    See you on the #WATWB bloghop circuit!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I truly am blessed. It was good to blog about them as a reminder. See you on the #WATWB!

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  21. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos. My Virtual Vineyard

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  22. I'm so glad you decided to blog your way through A to Z from Ecuador.
    Visiting your posts has been bolstering my desire to plan that trip I've been meaning to plan for ever to Peru and Ecuador. So all you future posts will be welcome:)
    Congratulations Emily.
    https://artismoments.blogspot.qa/2017/04/z-is-for-zagreb-and-zindagi.html

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    1. Thank you Arti, you are so kind. I am also glad that I decided to participate in the A to Z! There's nothing to remind yourself how wonderful where you live is like writing about it. I hope that you take that trip - if you have any questions feel free to ask.

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  23. I've enjoyed your posts, animals and otherwise. :) I'll be stopping back as time allows.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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    1. Thanks for your frequent visits, Jean!

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  24. This is a good post to wrap up your A to Z theme. Congratulations on completing the April Challenge with such a fun and enlightening series. Thanks for joining us in 2017.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Arlee! I enjoyed participating and look forward to next year's challenge :)

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  25. I actually worked in a zoo. I always wanted to be a zoo keeper, but then it turned out be dealing with a lot of crap (literally) for very little money. I enjoyed your A to Z posts. Girl Who Reads

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    1. Thank you, Donna. That is so cool! (Except for the crap and little money part.)

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  26. Too many people around my places to have space for many animals...but we do get some migratory birds - stop here in the winter, like flamingos. And there are dolphins in the sea...and turtles...

    Your posts have been wonderful to read, glad I came back and caught up, missed too many during the challenge. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    All the best. Will be back to read as and when I can/you publish.

    Nilanjana

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    1. Having dolphins, flamingos, and turtles sounds wonderful. When there are too many people around and you want to be relatively alone with nature, you can go to the sea.

      Thank you so much for coming back and catching up, Nilanjana! I appreciate it.

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