Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 84 - Monitoring The Beach

Date: 9/22/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Concha - Fish Trolling Boat

...awake from the early morning patrol. 6am I start making rice pudding for a little morning surprise for the rest of the house to go with the "bread egg hole" and plantains Courtney and I made for breakfast. Yum. Update

During my morning patrol I noticed an old desktop computer screen that had washed up on shore. Well that's one way to monitor the beach. Or perhaps someone just finished surfing the web. Sorry I had been conjuring up those puns since 4 this morning. Anywho... I head back to where I saw this monitor and take it back to the house where I dispose of it properly, in our trash pile. 

Alvero stops by the house in the morning and helps me move a couple of the larger logs I chopped previously on the beach. Thank You for the help! While I finish off the logs by staking them into the ground and filling the paths with dirt we noticed a fish trolling boat near the shore... This is no good. As seen in the past, when this Grim Reaper icon appears on the horizon, we find dead turtles on the beach. Last time 4 dead turtles washed up on the shore 8 days after it's sighting. Sad face.

As we have not had some Seafood in our diet lately, I take Kayla to the beach and giver her a lesson on foraging for Clams. A half an hour later, and with a good portion of clams collected we retire our hunt. As we walk back we are meet with one of the local children (and my new favorite). He bequeaths a pale of Mangrove seedlings. There was many in the bucket. I had the bucket right back to him and using sherads, let him know that he has to plant them (with my assistance). He looks at me with excitement and I selfishly happy that he is doing environmental preservation labor and seeing it as fun - granted because I'm there. We head to the garden, where this addition easily double's our size in plants. Awesome. We plant. 

Lunch (leftovers). Small Siesta. Lotti (boss lady) arrives to drop off some groceries to last us over the weeked. Awesome. I back into painting mode, as its fairly hot in the sun, and there is no need to get too burnt today. Run. Shower. Dinner. 

Matt makes a spaghetti with meat sauce. In addition I cook the claims as they should be cooked within 24 hours (or at least should in our conditions). Update to Sleep.


  • Easy does it
  • It's all about perspective
  • Start while your/their young  

Food: Rice Pudding. Vanilla, sugar, egg, cinnamon, rice and milk is all that is need to make this little treat! Next time though, I think I will get a little crazy.
Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Lizards, Mosquitoes, Clams

Something I am thankful for: Pictures. It's so great to share my views on daily basis. If nothing else other than showing off my artistic perspective helps me with nostalgia down the road.
Something I don't want to admit: Red Tide was coming in as we were collecting clams. I would like the think the tide had not reach the part of the beach were we were collecting clams, but I am not sure how the under-the-sand water systems work. Regardless I gave everyone the fair warning about the clams before they ate them in case anyone wanted to back out. In the end, no one got sick and they tasted awesome (the following day).

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: 50/80

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