Monday, September 10, 2012

Day 72 - Knot Again

Date: 9/10/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Nudo - Knot
Turtle Fact: Green sea turtles may develop fibropapillomas (lobed tumor-like growths) on the skin. These growths can reduce vision, obstruct normal swimming and feeding, and increase susceptibility to secondary parasitism and infection.

3:30am wake up. Chug some coffee and patrol to the North solo, on foot. Nada.
Back at the house I make breakfast as everyone is up fairly early - Pineapple pancakes! By the 3rd round I wake able to perfect these delicious saucers of goodness.

While the sun is not yet at full capacity to burn every inch of me, I head to the hatchery and decide to make a 3ft perimeter of sand. I weed, add sand in bar spots and make it look clean. I figure, 'what is a beautiful without a beautiful landscape'. This has been my thought for the last week that has inspired this slow transformation. After I walk the beach to look for a couple more logs for the new path. Sweaty and dirty, I jump in the ocean with Courtney and enjoy being tossed around by the mediocre waves. Fun.

Lunch (leftovers). Siesta. I head to the beach and setup the hammock in my new favorite spot. I listen to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by  F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not having seen the movie, but knowing what it was about,  I didn't realize it was short story. Regardless, I am going to have to listen to this story again as I am pretty sure I dozed off somewhere in the beginning.

After waking up, I work on some "Admin" things for and head back outside to pick up some trash along the beach. I really am enjoy doing on the regularly selfishly and with pride, as I am excited for the day that I walk past out property and fail to find one piece of trash.

I head over to my new garden and water the mangroves with sea water. Learning from my peers at Widecast in the Osa peninsula, I know that you should introduce sea water to mangroves, when cultivating them so that there is not a "shock" to their system when they are transplanted into final growing habitat.

This afternoons project is to build a frame for the garbage can so that the most can be used out of our large garbage bags. Made out of a family member of bamboo and rope, I construct a frame that is to fit over the garbage can. When a new bag is placed into the can, the bag is extended over the top if this frame in order to utilize all the space in the bag. An hour later, and 15 mosquito bites later I have our finished product. Ta Da! Run. Shave. Shower. Dinner.

Tonight we decide on making so Gumbolya. A new concept I had played with a couple weeks ago. This time, using the juices from the clam dinner the night before I add this as an additional flavor. Success.

Patrol. Courtney and I walk the beach South at 9pm. We come across a nest in sector 38. After digging up the nest we find only 38 eggs. WHHAAAT? Did this turtle get spooked? Perhaps she was old? Perhaps she was too young? Who knows....


  • All different types of meat (pork, chicken, beef and seafood) can play nice with your tastbuds
  • It's all about perfection, or the lack of
  • Landscaping should be considered a job security
Food: Gumbolya - Chicken, Sausage, Beef broth, Clam juices, sautteed vegetables, rice and hot sauce - you can go wrong.  A little bit of something for everyone.

Animals:Turtles, Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Mosquitoes.

Something I am thankful for: Knots. These can be a person's best and worst friend. It just depends your interactions with them and if you get lost on where they have been, and where they are going.

Something I don't want to admit: I have facial hair. After having gone some time of not shaving, my neck beard and surrounding area got pretty thick. My blood lines have being crossed somewhere with some Omish folk, I for some reason have a hard time growing anything about the jaw line... except a little patch right under my bottom lip. Some people call this a soul patch (amongst other names that are slightly to risky for this literature), but for me it's just an attempt to see what can actually happen in the absence of being present in a standard society. Please forgive me.

Total Nest I have saved: 26
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:19
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,127
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 45/68

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