Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 24 - Storms & Sunsets

Date: 7/24/12
Location: San Miguel, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Saqueado – Eggs Poached
Turtle Fact:  As soon as the female turtle returns to the ocean, after laying eggs, she is greeted by several  male turtles in the shallower waters. At this point in time, the turtles mate. The female turtle can store the male turtle sperm for quit some time before she is ready to fertilize her eggs.

7am wake up. I start off by making some folded omelets with crispy potatoes. Afterwards I head to the yard to collect my laundry from the day before as it was about to rain. During this time, I also brought in my zip lock bag as I was trying to dry out my digital camera, in the sun, in a bag of rice…
Lunch. Rain and more Rain. We had a pretty big storm that is said to rival what storms would be like in the “rainy” season. So far we have been lucky. Perhaps global warming is affecting here too. During this rain delay, I will have to devise some alternative plans to keep me busy during times like these. But for now, it was a great time to catch up journals – clearly.

SIDENOTE: While enjoying the rain I noticed that the larger lizards would come out, sit on top of fence posts and just enjoy the rain. Weird.

This afternoon we were going to work on posts, but the rain and lightning just never gave up. Most of us, ended up finding each other in one of the rooms and we hung out until dinner. Eat.

After dinner we headed back to the house for a little before Patrol. Since it was soo rainy all day, the clouds filled the sky as the sun set... BEAUTIFUL - make sure to check out the pictures. Keep in mind, I do not preform any touch up (enhancements) to my photos.

Patrol. Kristen, Alfredo and I went walking the beaches at 8pm. Unfortunately we did not find any turtles, nor tracks. Keep in mind there is 2 patrols per shift and 2-3 shifts per night. Other patrols have been finding turtles and eggs. I just have not been so lucky – yet.

Sleep. But not just yet. Since our patrol ended at 11pm and my normal bed time is undefined, I happened to be particularly energized. Needless to say, I made some entertaining shadow puppets for the roommates for the next ½ hour (even though they were supposed to be getting their siesta rest). Actual Sleep.

Lesson:
  • Don’t be sad when it rains. Remember you came during the rainy season.
  • Hand puppets really is a craft.

Food:  Costa Rica Cheese
Animals: Crabs, Lizards

Something I am thankful for: Living (for most my life) in a place that has different climates year round.
Something I don't want to admit: I think I am getting addicted to coffee. But for me it’s due to daily habit. I wake up early to get my internet on, while enjoying the ocean (when there is a cool breeze and light out). When everyone wakes up, they make coffee and I indulge thinking I might need a “wake me up” for the morning. At night before or in between patrols, I grab another little cup thinking it will help keep me awake on patrols. Regardless I think I am going to switch over to tea and see how that works.

Days of Rain: 10/20
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 258

awesome

yes - that's a rainbow

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