Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 76 - It's all Greek to Me

Date: 9/14/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Griego - Greek

5am I a get up (an hour after I went to sleep "last night") and immediately hit the beach with my bike. The purpose of this ride was to in fact see what really happened on the beach, as there was sun light illuminating the beach. Just as I suspected there was poached nests that we missed last night. I don't know if it's in my head, but the tide certainly has been acting different since the large earthquake. Rumors have it that the coast line has risen 1-1.5 meters. This thus currently makes the high tide at the same height of where turtles currently nest. Furthermore seeing a turtle track is almost impossible (which is easy to look for in the dark) as the tide has washed away any evidence, only leaving the nest bed which blends in to the sands natural pattern. Conclusion: Our shifts after hide tide, must be walked and not ridden on a bicycle.

I get back to the house and enjoy a bowl of cereal donned with a swirl of honey. I proceed to update HT.com before take a little morning siesta.

This morning we are joined by Dagmar. She is a volunteer that has been working at the San Miguel project site for the last couple weeks. She will be helping us out at our beach as San Miguel is now adorned with a new slew of volunteers that have taken up all the available space.

Lunch (leftovers). Continuing my dough "kick", I make dough which will be used as hoagies for tonight's meal. Afterwards I take to the backyard for some cleaning and odd chores. I finish my trench project: I had dug a small trench besides the shower so that all the rain and shower water would drain into compost pile and side of the property and not on our walking paths. I add sand to this trench so that the water can flow freely below the surface and so that we are tripping over this whole in the ground. 

Next Courtney and I add fishing line to the tops of the hatchery (going lengthwise) in hopes to keep birds out of the hatchery when baby turtles start emerging from the earth. This was done fairly easily as hammered in U shaped nails in to the tops of the posts half way and secured the fishing line taunt to the adjacent post. We may add more fishing line going the width of the hatchery, but we will see how this works for now.

In hopes to put up our large Pretoma sign (that we are making out of driftwood and paint), I devise a pulley system for the large piece of wood using twine and U shaped nails.

Run. Shower. Prep dinner.

Tonight I am making a Greek Meatball sandwich of hoagie bread, accompanied by Greek baked potatoes. Pumping up the meat with flavor and finely cut veggies and eggs and seasoning the spuds with the most simplistic ingredients, everything came out GREAT! I should really stop outing myself... I don't know how many more tricks I have up my culinary jacket sleeve.

Right as we were about to eat, Kayla - the new research assistant arrives. Family friends of Courtney family, she looks like a happy go lucky gal and after first impressions, I think she is going to be a great addition to the team.

Hangout. Learn about the new girl. Patrol.

10pm, I bike solo to the South and did not find anything. Shucks. However, I was able to start a new audio book - Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Very interesting...

Sleep.

Lesson:
  • There is always something to learn
  • Prepare for the worst and hope for the best
Food: Greek meatballs with marinara sauce on a Hoagie Buns and Greek Roasted Potatoes.
Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Mosquitoes, Tiger Hearing

Something I am thankful for: Family Nationality. It's fun to be different, yet associated with a group of people (but only when it's positive). Taking pride of your family background and tradition can be fun to show off...

Something I don't want to admit: I am really sad that only one leg of our patrol will be bike-able and the fact that I may have missed a couple of nests last night. Well on this front, we are almost on the same page (walking along the beach) as the poachers, except they still travel by motorcycle most the time.


Total Nest I have saved: 26
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 24
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,127
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 47/72

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