Friday, August 3, 2012

Day 34 - Deadly Pop Sickles

Date: 8/3/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica 

Word of the day: Helado – Ice Cream
Turtle Fact: Green Sea and Leather Back Turtles will come to the same beach every 2 weeks to lay a new set of eggs up to 5 times during a nesting season. This doesn’t happen every year though. She takes a couple years off on her dating in between.

8:30am wake up. Breakfast. What a beautiful day it is in Costa Rica! I start off my exploring and head to the beach where I head south about 1km to some large rocks in the water. There is many small crabs, sea snails (limpets) and guppies caught in some time pools. I was slightly disappointed with the variety of species found, but then again I was expecting that as there was not coral reefs in this area. Regards it’s good to now that I have new place to forage for snails. I head back to the house for lunch.

During lunch we have a little house meeting regarding the upcoming events past, current and future at our “station”.  We learn that two new volunteers arrive from England and will be staying with us for the next 2 weeks. After lunch, we discuss how we go above and beyond the food currently being brought into us and talk about venturing/foraging in the lush habitat that surrounds us every day. HELLO fruit popsicles! We gather some mangos from the down the road, limes from just outside our kitchen, coconuts from the back yard. We teach ourselves (via youtube) how to make coconut milk (which will be a future staple in our house for all things sweet) and go to town.

Before you know it the volunteers arrive.  It appears that had gotten off at the wrong stop and walked for quit some time with all of their belongings. Hungry, we make some cereal as a quick fix before dinner. As Courtney gives them the nickel and colones tour, Matt and I work on adding sector posts to the beach. We end up going to the rocks I had visited earlier this morning. After we finish we walk back as the sun sets (yet again very beautiful and which I had the camera/phone). Dinner.

Patrol. Matt and I head south on the beach. We go all the way to the end of our beach, which stops at another estuary/river. This took us about an hour to walk. On our way back the light show they were currently enjoying had now made it’s way above our heads. Needless to say we got drenched.  However, I must say this was my first time actually getting rained on during patrol. Not too shabby. Unfortunately we did not see any turtle tracks and fortunately no poachers.

Once we return, we mingle with the new volunteers over some fruit popsicles and head to bed early as tomorrow we have a big day…

 There is lots of sugar in ice-cream/popsicles
Drama is everywhere and in different languages
Being older has it’s advantages

Food: Fruit Popsicles
Animals: Lizards, Spiders, Mosquitos, dogs, Crabs

Something I am thankful for: Good Luck. You know sometimes people just happen to be at the right place at the right time, or decide to make the right choice at the right time – yeah that.
Something I don't want to admit: I have gotten accustomed to eating snacks on a daily basis. Usually I would not do this… but now the cravings have taken over. The sad part is, I am going to continue until there is a noticeable difference in ponch (

Days of Rain: 16/30
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 533

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