Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day 42 – Glass on the Beach

Date: 8/11/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica 

Word of the day:  Zombi - Zombie
Turtle Fact: The earliest turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, but other than this, modern turtles are very similar to their original ancestors.

… I continue my work from the night before. The rest of the house gets up around 8am, to only find me in the same spot they left me last night.  The only difference is that there is a empty 5Hour Energy Drink and dirty plate of Mango juice (from the mangos I had earlier that morning) sitting next. This morning was going to be a special treat. We were going to make Banana Pancakes. Matt took over the kitchen and went to town. Great Success (as said in the Borat accent).

Today was Kaz’s (“the original Brit”) last day in San Miguel. We both arrived on the same bus, from San Jose almost 1 month ago – WOW already, one month? The plan was to meet her at the estuary around 9am for some morning water aerobics and goodbyes. Unfortunately, I was still working on my HelpingTurtles project (secretive I know) and had to finish to make a deadline before I go and visit Kaz. Well I didn’t get a chance to leave the house until 10:30am as the internet was not cooperating like would have liked. By the time I got to the estuary, the San Miguel clan had already retreated back to their side, and the Costa de Oro folks, were still chillaxing in the tide pools. FML. Farwell Kaz!

After some time, we all walk back to the Costa de Oro house in time for lunch. The plan for me: Give myself a food coma, that would propel me into sleep for the next couple of hours. Siesta.

I wake up to tico kids (the same ones that helped us with the hatchery) throwing sand at me from a distance. Once I start moving, they scream and run off down the beach toward their houses. Dinner.

Our new thing at dinner is to watch movies. Thank you Netflix. Yes it work here, but lets just say it does not have the best internet streaming capabilities. Our current movie of choice: Sweet Home Alabama.

Patrol. At 9pm, Matt and I  head south. No tracks and no turtles. However there was many poachers. With that said, it’s the weekend. Many poachers that are on this beach actually come from different area. BOOOO (in the accent of the old lady in the dream from The Princess Bride).

Lesson:
  • You can catch only so many “second winds”
  • Weekend Poachers take over the beach on the weekends.
  • Sleep is over rated… sometimes.


Food:  Banana Pancakes
Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds

Something I am thankful for: Siesta. I am glad I have the opportunity to catch back up on sleep in the middle of the day. Whether it was in-between classes, or just a half an hour on lunch break. It’s a great refresher.
Something I don't want to admit: Sweet Home Alabama was my movie choice. Due to recent thunderstorms, the thought of finding, making a glass out of sand and a lightning bolt has been inspiring. So, I thought I would preform a little entertainment/education research.

Days of Rain: 24/38
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 830

frog found outside our Kitchen

The North Patrol got lucky tonight!

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