Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 22 - Can you Dig this?

Date: 7/22/12
Location: San Miguel, Costa Rica 

Word of the day: Erosión - Erosion (don't let the accent fool you)
Turtle Fact: Erosion is another “predator” of turtle eggs. Turtles lay their eggs in sand above sea level. After heavy rains, large waves or extremely high tide, the water can wash away several feet of sand, exposing cliff like formation in the sand and thus exposing the once buried eggs. From there, they can be either washed into the ocean, or fall victim to a lucky animal.

Lesson:
  • Hammocks are great for cat napping, not REM cycle sleep.
  • Music really does lighten the mood during times of silence.
  • Sleeping on your stomach is over rated.

Wake up at 5:30am on the hammock in the Kitchen. It was a hot night for sleeping so Matt and I decided to pass out in the kitchen hammocks (separate of course) after our late night patrol. However at this time, I moved to my bed, as my neck was really stiff and I need some sleeping time on my stomach. Re-wake up at 7am, fully rested. The girls are making Hash browns and Omelets. YES - hash browns! We relax in the morning hours and I attempt to add music to my computer via my external hard drive after being called out for not providing music to play (I was complaining about Justin Bieber playlist currently on.) Lunch.

We get picked up and head over to Costa De Oro for another day of hatchery work. We have a big group with us today. Being veterans at this we get right to work with ½ the hole to be dug. Before you know it, time flies and we are nearly done. At this point I have mainly worked the wheel barrel (of course the harder/laborious duty) for the past couple of times working at the hatchery. With that said, I jump into the pit and make sure that our borders are linear and straight. After all, this hatchery is going to be Matt's and mine to look after and work on, day in and day out. We want it to be above par and not a “half-ass” – I was to be sure of it. After skimming a little here and a little there, an additional 20 wheel barrel loads were needed to clean the trimmings. LISTO – the digging is complete!

We get a ride back to the house and immediately jump in the waves as they are very large (a storms a coming). Fun times.

Dinner. On the way back from dinner, Matt and I stop at the poperia (neighborhood grocery store) and pick up some clothes detergent a Pear Soda-Pop, and sweet treat. We enjoy our snacks at the bus stop (the only one in town) like the local do. Yup we are slowly assimilating ourselves into their culture. Siesta. Patrol.
Maddie, the family of volunteers and I head to the beach and patrol south around midnight. No tracks, no Turtles. You really start to understand patients at this point. I mean, I thought I had patients working with college girls teaching them how to back up around a corner with a trailer. But this is more mental…

Food:  Hashbrowns
Animals: Crabs, dogs,

Something I am thankful for: Sweets. Being able to fulfill that sweet-tooth craving is so satisfying.
Something I don't want to admit: Day two of the hatchery scratched up a volunteers vehicle badly. We were returning the wheel barrels to a construction job site (we borrowed them from) by pulling the barrel from the tailgate of a moving pickup. As passed the house the truck came to a stop. I set the wheel barrel down on the ground and attempted to dismount the truck in order to wheel it back to the site. In that instance the driver of the truck but the vehicle in reverse and the lovely metal edge of the wheel barrel caught the tailgate of truck. FML.

Days of Rain: 9/18
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 258


Complete Hole

Entrance to House

view from the house!

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