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Capital Z Zanesville

Zanesville was the capital of Ohio from 1810 to 1812. Here is what I think of when I think of Zanesville, Ohio. I may have passed through Zanesville before but I have never purposely gone to Zanesville before. Back in the day, if I ever wanted to drive through Zanesville I’d get my road Atlas and start planning a trip. The first thing I’d want to know would be how long of a drive would it be. I could figure out this with my atlas, but for time sake I googled it and it would take me 7 hours and 20 minutes to traverse the distance of 436.5 miles between my hometown and Zville. The next thing I would figure out is if there would be a time change and there would be one. If I wereable to drive straigh through with out stopping and leave at 8 am central time It would be 3:20 p,m central and 4:20 p.m local time (Eastern) when I arrived.

Another fun thing I like to do with my atlas is to see what other destinations I could go to from my destination. I would often plan a trip like this assigning point B as a hub and figurung what point C might be. Most atlasses have a chart of major cities in the state showing the distance between them. The 3major cities in Ohio are Cleveland, Cincinatti and the Capital, Columbus.

From Zanesville, Cleveland is about 148 miles and would take 2 hours and 16 minutes leaving at 8:00 am May 1st I would arrive there at 10:16 am the same day. Cincinatti would be 161 miles and take about 2 and 1/2 hours so again leaving at 8 am on May1st you could get there 10:16 am the same day. Columbus would be the closest of the 3, 55 miles and 55 minutes away leave at 8 am May 1st arrive 8:55 the same day.

This is about the time in my trip planning that I might go a little crazy. (As if this isn’t sufficiently crazy?) I might thing Zanesville rhymes with …(actually megypsies rhymes with …, but I more than digress) Janesville. And I might check and see if it was posisble to zoom through Wisconsin on my way home. It would take 524 miles to get from Z to J (ville wise) anf about 7 hours and 45 mintues the good news id the time would change back so leave at 8am may 1st arrive 2:45 the same day

I would probably look up a number of more routes. I’d look for the nearest minor league ball team or some such. But I think,what I did share gives you enough of a glimpse.

Links abound as we come to an end of another a to z challenge click here to get to said challenge. To see my final post in last years challenge click on Zuckerman. If you are interested here are the links I used for the different cities.

Elgin to Zanesville


to Cincinatti

To Columbus

To Janesville

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Capital X Xalapa

Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Vera Cruz. When I think of Mexico, I think of the Summer of 1990 when I traveled to Mexico. I spent quite a bit of time travelling on my own in Mexico City. One thing that was out of the ordinary for me was how clean their public parks were. One reason why is that while you could buy bottles of pop (soda) from street vendors they would immediately pour the drink into a plastic bag, so they could redeem the bottle and get their deposit back.

This picture was actually taken in Guatemala, but the idea is the same.

For more a to z challenge click here. To see what My A to Z challenge 2019 X click on xpialidocious

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Capital W Washington

I think the next sentence will sum up my 2010 A to Z challenge experience. I caught up on Sunday, just to get behind on Monday. Here it is Tuesday morning and I’m a day late again. I hope to catch up today and then finish the month strong. We shall see.

I have been to D.C. a number of times in my life. The most memorable was our family trip in 2010. I can’t believe its been 10 years. Here are some pics from our trip.

For more a to z carnival click here. To see my W from my Home School Dad blog in 2015 click on Bob Wallace.

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Capital punishment: 4 letters behind.

We only have a few hours until Monday rolls around and I’ll be 5 letters behind. So Welcome to our speed round


is for Springfield

Springfield is the capital of Illinois.

This reminds me of our 8th grade trip to Springfield where we left at about 5 am and came back at about 10 pm and almost every boy on the bus played mattell electronic football for the entirety of both bus rides.

Every time you score a touchdown it makes a victory tone. Apparently my Brother in Law Mike would always say after every touchdown “Music to my ears”


is for Tallahassee

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida.

I remember that it was in Florida in 1995 that I ate Eggplant for the first time in English.

When I lived in Russia form 1992 to 1994 I ate eggplant for the first time. I had never eaten it in the states it had not sounded very appetizing. In Russian it is баклажан (baklazhan). You have to admit that looks and sounds a lot better than eggplant. As I came to find out, eggplant is all that. So in 1995 I went to Florida to visit my Russian friend Vladimir who was on a trip in North America. We went to an Italian restaurant and I had a very good Eggplant parmigiana.


is for Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Udea is the capital of the Russian republic of Buryatia.

We are out of State capitals now. And there are no countries whose capital begins with U. Buryatia is in Far Eastern Russia and I lived in Far Eastern Russia for 2 years. In the Summer of 1993 I took a 1 week train trip to Novo-Sibirsk and went thrrough Buryatia. Much of Lake Baikal the worlds deepest lake is in Buryatia

V is for Victoria

Victoria is the second best known city in British Columbia that begins with V. Vancouver being first.

Victoria to me as I am now caught up