Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 83 - Raking It In

Date: 9/21/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Rastrillo - Rake

From the side view, you can see the divot in the first nest bed (A1).

9am wake up. Breakfast - if you can call it that. It consisted of an Oatmeal cookie, banana bread and some oatmeal. I spend the rest of the morning updating some and figuring out my plans for my Visa. When you enter Costa Rica you are given 90 days (for most people) to visit the country. Given my particular case, I will be here longer. With that said I had to leave the country for at least 72 hours before returning to Costa Rica and receiving another 90 Visa. What a perfect way to enjoy a forced vacation! More to come on this adventure soon...

Lunch. Helping digest my food, I head to the back porch and work on my coloring between the lines with my coconut paintbrush and a piece of driftwood – so much fun. To get the blood flowing a little, I head to the beach for some raking action and remove the piles of twigs I collect. In the process I come across a beautiful log, which I want to be part of my hatchery trail. 20mins and a small blister later (thankfully it was not larger due to the INDYCAR work gloves I borrowed) I am hobbling away with a couple large pieces of timber… of coarse on two separate trips with a  coconut water drink in between.

As I finish moving these logs, Matt calls me over to the shore and points out a couple of whales splashing about in the ocean. Beautiful view from your “backyard” I would have to say.

Dinner. Tonight we make some Asian Fried Rice. Using Kayla’s background in such a endeavor she teaches me a technique she uses (secret revealed by the picture shown). We also make some Crispy ChicPeas – my new favorite dinner snack. So easy. 

After dinner I work on some more planning for my visa run and hit the hay for my siesta before I operate as a Terrapin Ovary Transplanter. Sleep. Patrol. 

3am I wake up and bike the entire beach solo. I head North, South and North. Good thing I did an extra lap to the North, or I would not have seen the turtle that laid 113 eggs! While waiting for her to finishing walking up the beach then perform her natural duties I finish the audio book of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Even though this book is very complex and he often rambles on and on about topics which you may not concur with, I highly suggest listening/reading the last chapter of his book. Very informative. 

I head back to the house/hatchery and put these eggs to sleep for the next 8 weeks. The next day begins...

Cookies are just harder softer version of cake
Many issues revolve around friction. Put on a pair of gloves and get to work.

Food: Asian Fried Rice with Chic Peas and a plethora of hot sauces!
Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Lizards, Mosquitoes, Turtle, Whale

Something I am thankful for: Different Styles. I always happy to learn anxious to learn different style of doing things... It just has to occur when I am ready for it. 
Something I don't want to admit: I am becoming obsessed with raking.  

Total Nest I have saved: 29
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol: 25
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,414
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 49/79

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