and Wil de Vries and family
is there to tell about us?
Both, Wil and I were born and grew up in the Netherlands.
After graduating (resp. Geology and Library Science) we worked for a number
of years in W-Africa (Mauritania and Benin), employed by the United Nations
Thirty-nine years ago we emigrated to Canada, setting first foot on Canadian
soil in Calgary.
Here we lived, played and worked for almost a quarter of a century.
Our daughters, Kirsti and Lienke, both grew up and went to school in "Cowtown".
Over time, Kirsti and Lienke went their ways and we found our retirement
heaven in Atlin, British Columbia.
few years later both Kirsti and Lienke moved closer and settled in and near
Whitehorse in the Yukon. (2 hrs. drive from us). They have their own little
Kirsti has two daughters: Hannah and Kate (resp. 12 and 10) and Lienke and
Matt have two sons: Sullivan (5) and Fletcher (3).
Oma and her granddaughters
at the Atlin-in-the-City Christmas Fair
we pass our time in Atlin??
Well, we camp, sail, kayak, canoe, swim, hike, bike, ski, collect firewood
to stay warm in winter, set and maintain the skitrails in Atlin;
Hein teaches XC ski to schoolkids, and in his "spare" time dives
into the genealogy of the family (click
here: Genealogy page) and has published papers about the (non)effects
the 1783 Laki volcanic eruption and the 1814 Tambora eruption might have had
on the mortality in the Netherlands.
Wil organizes the local library, is making art and takes part in running the
local Festival Headquarters Art Gallery where some of her and Hein's art is
also for sale.
In addition to tending our vegetable garden and new greenhouse we make sure
to have good healthy produce in our freezer for the winter.
Busy??? Yeah......, but we love it here.
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Kirsti Hannah and Kate
A favourite outing
for us is a pilgrimage in early September to the Tombstone Mountains along
the Dempster Highway.
Then the beautiful fall colours are at their best.
Over the summer Hein
goes on longer mountainbike rides with his Atlin buddies in and over the
mountains of the Atlin area.
Another (road)biking highlight is the annual Kluane-Chilkat Bike Relay from
Haines Junction (Yukon) to Haines (Alaska).
In June of 2010-2011-2012-2013 and 2014 Hein biked the race solo: 240 km
over the coastal mountains in addition to some shorter local tours through
the un-equalled landscapes of the Lake district of the S. Yukon and Northern
of 2007 Frodo: our Golden Retriever came into our life and has been a great
mate (lapdog, skiing and hiking buddy, etc.) ever since.
Now almost 10 yrs. old he is becoming gray like ourselves but still in good
health and enjoying the daily outings on ski or snoeshoe chasing the squirrels
and yes: occasionally a deer.
Hein has not forgotten
about the sailing either, although we have a very short season.
Hein, Matt, Sullivan
Xmas 2016 at -20 C.
Wil Lienke Xmas 2016
Matt and Lienke
with their boys Sullivan and Fletcher
Kate with a White-Crowned
Sparrow at the Bird ringing station summer 2016
Opa supervising Sullivans downhill
run Feb 2017
Hannah (R) in
a dance performance 2016
Frodo and Bo (Lienke
and Matts dog) fighting for sticks. Feb 2016.