Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 117 - New Friends to the North

Date: 10/25/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: malla - mesh
Turtle Fact: Male Turtles of most species will never leave the water once they enter it as a youngling.

8am wake up to the sound of heavy rain. Instantly I run to the back of the house to see if our backyard is flooded in case I have to go  save some turtle hatchlings from drowning in their nest hole. Luckily it was not. Interestingly enough Kayla and Courtney had done the same thing when they had woken up, independently - that's how you know your working with a good group of people (great turtle minds think alike).

This morning I make bread-egg-hole. Essentially it's where you cook an egg in the center of a piece of bread.

SideNote: Don't you ever wish that some words were spelled differently.  We had along conversation about the C's sounding like S's. Ohh the crazy things you think about when you mental time to think

Over our morning coffee I teach  the girls about "reversal dumping". A term used in the Maisano household to describe ones actions who selfishly asks to perform a favor, knowing the favoree will do the favor on their own and included the favorer.

HT updates. Help Kayla with Google voice setup (fail). Rain finally stops!

Yesterday evening John (neighbor) stopped by the house and dropped of a series of 4 mesh screens in which we plan on using to sift through sand to find garbage. This kind act was inspired by yesterdays conversation with his wife (Linda) in which we were talking about how much plastic there was on the beach. Such good people they are! So I proceed to cut some wood (used from Johns construction scraps at his house) and make a frame for the screens. Using a leatherman tool, I cut the screen in the the appropriate lengths and fastened the screen to the frame using a staple gun (Thank you Kayla's Dad). Success!

Just as I finish up, we are greeted by Mark, Steve and Eric (Lotti's Husband). Mark (a former Pretoma RA in Caletas) was in Costa Rica with his friends (Steve and others) for a wedding and wanted to see his old stomping grounds. However do to the massive amounts of rain, he had to settle for our project (which I am sure ended up being a far better experience). Dinner

Kayla slaves away in the kitchen preparing a minestrone like soup accompanied by some tastie  bread rolls. Over dinner we learn  that out new guests (for the night) are from Canada and that Mark is  looking to get more involved with Pretoma and it's fisheries side of the house.

Siesta. Patrol. 9:30pm Shantal, Julia, Mark and myself walk to the north. The only thing we come across during our patrol is a dead male turtle. This actually excites Mark as he was explaining earlier of a new possible method of determining a turtles age, biological data and perhaps even a way to fasten an un-invasive GPS tracker. This would would be done by coring out a small piece of turtle shell (while the turtle is still alive) and then filling that whole (like a cork) with a GPS tracker. Great idea. SCIENCE.

Once back at the house we learn that add midnight it's Mark's B-Day. Because we look for any reason to celebrate anything at our house, I make some kettle corn! Sleep.

Lesson: Question the norm.

Food: Soup. Warm, full of veggies, chicken broth and garlic,

Animals: Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Mosquitoes and dead turtle

Something I am thankful for: Random new friends. It's great meeting new people and especially when they are passionate in the same areas in which you are.
Something I don't want to admit: I swear when I cook. I don't mean too. I just seems to be thats when all my frustration builds up, and when something happens to flip out of a pan, or hot oil splatter or something magically burns I tend so speak my mind about how I feel.

Total Nest I have saved: 45
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:44
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 955
Days of Rain: 76/113

1 comment:

  1. I miss your cooking.
    Try thinking positive thoughts like "this will be amazing" then like majick all will be.....amazing.