Friday, August 17, 2012

Day 48 – Get to the Punta (Point) Already

Date: 8/17/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Camino de Tierra – Dirt Road
Turtle Fact:   The terms 'turtle,' 'tortoise,' and 'terrapin' are often used interchangeably, and depending on which country you are in, may describe a completely different type of 'turtle.' For most Americans, the term 'turtle' describes the Chelonians that are aquatic or semi-aquatic. The term 'tortoise' describes a Chelonian that lives primarily on land. 'Terrapin' can describe some freshwater or saltwater turtles, but is not often used. In general, tortoises live on land and eat a primarily vegetarian diet, and turtles live in or near the water and eat a meat-based diet or a combination of meat and vegetation. To take this one step further, turtles are often broken down into aquatic and semi-aquatic species. The aquatic species spend the majority of their lives in or near the water and eat a diet that is mostly meat based. Semi-aquatic turtles spend a greater period of time on land, but periodically enter the water. Semi-aquatic turtles tend to eat both plants and animals.

6:30am. Even on a morning I should be able to sleep in, my internal clock wakes me up. Oh well. Great time for some HelpingTurtles updates. Mom eventually gets up and heads out to the end of the balcony on our floor to admire the view. As we look down across the hotel, we see a table is set for us to have breakfast. We know if is set for us, as we are the only ones currently staying at the Hotel. We head down stairs to our seats and immediately get served coffee. Mom loves coffee, and she loved whatever had been brewed. We chat and catch up over a game of Othello and enjoy our breakfast.

After we relax and let out food “digest” we head to the house at Costa de Oro, to pick up a few things. Matt, Maddie, Mom, Olivia (new Brit volunteer that arrived yesterday and originally stationed in San Miguel for the past week and helping patrol on this beach) and I hop in the little car and head to Punta Islita. This is a where a boutique hotel reside ($400-$600/night) on the coast. We take advantage of the ocean side bar and restaurant for lunch. Simply beautiful. We end up sitting at a table 20ft from the ocean sipping on out assorted Margaritas, Daiquiris and Beer until our food comes out. Afterwards we enjoy a little bit of the beach scene and then fall into a slight food coma in some reclined lawn chairs. Around 4pm we drive back as the a “cold front” starts to move in.

Once back at the house we start preparing for dinner. I start unpacking all the goodness my mother brought me from the states. I get out all the new silverware, metal bowls, spice packets, seasoning jars, sauce packages and new storage containers. What a difference all these items are going to make. THANK YOU!

One thing that mom brought was candles. However we don’t have any matches nor had any before (recall my fun experience with lighting the grill using my flint starter). However we do have an electric stove, but non of us could actually get fire from the stove top, just smoke – that is until Mom informed us that if you stick paper on the oven heating element… that will create fire. She was right. Romantic Candles lit for 6. Dinner.

After din-din, Mom and I head back to the hotel. We catch up a little more and really start looking at her travel back to the US. After some “internetting” and TV we get some sleep.

  • Rite in the Rain books are awesome. You can actually write in the rain with a pencil.
  • The coast along Costa Rica is very different in terms of sand vs rock vs cliff, even a couple miles away.
  • When you ask for a little, and receive a lot, it’s a great feeling (most times).

Food:  Casatho  - (Spanish, "married man") is a Costa Rican meal consisting of rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entrée that may include chicken, beef, pork, and so on. The term originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home.

Animals: Crabs, Lizards, Birds, Ants

Something I am thankful for: A set of wheels. Car, bike it doesn’t matter. Anything that can get you from point A to point B much faster than walking. It’s so nice to venture out beyond your immediate area.
Something I don't want to admit: I think I hate when other people are driving… slow. During our car ride to Punta Islita, Mom was driving a little too slow for my liking. Granted we are in a small car, weighted down, driving on a dirt road, with large rocks, often scraping the bottom, and crossing through an occasional puddle from the rain the night before…OK maybe she was driving responsible.

Days of Rain: 29/44
Total Turtle Eggs I have saved: 1,865

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