Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 82 - Sugar Daddy

Date: 9/20/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Sucre - Sugar


7:45 wake up. Breakfast (Courtney’s banana bread and cereal). Update HT.com.

I head out to the backyard with a couple of nails and nail on the Detroit, Chicago and Redondo millage signs onto the long bamboo pole, I have been saving for such a project. Next I find a comfy little spot along the beach and high enough where the tide won’t hurt it, and start digging away. I get a 4ft deep before I am satisfied with the depth in respect to the stability when the bamboo stands erect. I grab the new street sign pole and turn it accordingly to which the signs face the appropriate directions. Voila! As we speak, the other people in the house are working on their city street signs, and will be tact on once completed.


Lunch (leftovers). Allowing my food to settle, I outline my newest signage boards (driftwood) with a crayon.  These will be used to display information when the turtle nests start to hatch… you’ll see. Next I continue with my daily landscaping chores which today is more racking. I clean up the beach as well as our walking paths throughout out backyard and hatchery.

After rinsing off the day, I head inside and make dinner. Tonight it’s loaded scalloped potatoes. I make layer upon layer of goodness and stick in the oven for the next 2 hours. Run. Shower. Eat. Patrol.

8pm I walk with Andre (local teenage boy) to the North. Nada. Siesta. 2am I head out for a second shift, this time on bikes and joined again by Andre. Nothing again. I must say though, have two people on bikes (one on each) really is a great system. Not only are we making great time patrol a vast majority of the beach, but we are able to look over 2 sections of the beach, high (if turtle had came earlier in the night) and low if turtle are about to walk out of the ocean).

When we get back to the house, I make a little batch of kettle corn as we wait for the South patrol (Matt, Courtney and Kayla) to return back to the house. Being the first time I had ever attempted to make this delightful snack, I would call this a success. Learning (from online resources) that it’s all about getting the oil at the right temperature and keeping it there, I constantly shuffle the pan on and off the burner. Adding sugar throughout the process I was able to achieve the caramelized goodness in the end.

Mad Men & Kettle Corn. Sleep.

Lesson: 
  • There is a fine line between sweet and burnt
  • Cleaning is the act of filtering out foreign objects

Food: Scalloped Potatoes with Sausage and onions in Gravy sauce.

Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Lizards, Mosquitoes

Something I am thankful for: Baking. Sometimes it just as easy as throwing ingredients together and throwing it in the oven – the crispier the better. Other times, it’s like surgery and you need to watch each bubble in order to know when it’s done.

Something I don't want to admit: Sugar. I think I am eating a lot of it lately. I have not been able to tell physically (perhaps others can) but I am certainly growing more and more found of it.

Total Nest I have saved: 28
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 25
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,301
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 48/78

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