Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 108 - Walking in Circles

Date: 10/16/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: círculo - circle

Wake up at 5am in the hatchery, cradled in my hammock. Its very strange waking up in a setting that not usually accustomed to. There is always those first two seconds where you forget where you are and you have to evaluate what is exactly going on. After realizing the situation, I get up, wrap the hammock onto itself, and bring my items inside. let's get this day started. In hind sight, I really did have a good sleep (granted it was in a couple hours of sleep) in the hammock. And to be honest I think it was the first time I had actually ever done that ... and will certainly not be my last.

I go for a run, get a little sweaty, shower and enjoy breakfast made by our volunteers. They delighted us with a type of coconut scone with butter-lime syrup. So good.

Due to the high tide, and nit finishing my raking jib from the day before, I finish raking and removing the debris piles on the beach. I have just come to realize that raking the sand in the morning is so much easier than the afternoon as the ground is so much harder. This enables the rake to comb through the surface objects, rather than plowing through the dry sand and just moving that from place to place.

Still feeling pretty energized, I finish my walking path I had created nearly over a month ago. It feels so great to accomplish something that you know is going to be used and appreciated (by some). Especially when all you have to do us finish the 5%.

I had back to the house and work on painting some signs as I watch "Ted Talks". These are a series if small lectures on various subject of life. Today I begin with the "mind". These talks are very similar to presentations your professor would provide, but condensed to only the important and interesting facts that actually apply to everyday concepts. Lunch (leftovers). Siesta in a hammock on the beach, during some very windy weather.

When I come inside, I decide to make some bread for dinner, which almost immediately Kayla join in the process - my new bread making apprentice. We end up making roasted garlic bread and garlic jalapeno bread.

As we let the dough rise (much less than time than we should) I prepare my sleeping arrangements in the hatchery for tonight's watch. As I finish up, a local stops by the hatchery to inform me that a turtle was walking up the beach. Hearing this and knowing its first come first serve for turtles on the beach (with regards to poachers and claiming dibs on the eggs) I move right along and jog to the beach. Upon see the young turtle walking up the beach against the sun setting, I see two of the local stray dogs approaching the tortuga as well, with wagging tales. Knowing that in the past, stray dogs have been known to bite off the hind legs of the turtles that come up on the beach, I now make my jog into a run, active,y looking for something in my running path I can easily pick up and toss at them. However, as I approach they flee the scene and the turtle was unharmed (or was at least physically). Turtle safe. Seeing that this turtle was young and was already moving slower than normal, I wait for the Calvary to arrive so I can continue on cooking dinner.

Once back in the kitchen, it was another hour before everyone came back and gave up on the turtle. As it turns out the turtle has semi disability in its rear legs and had issues trying to dig holes as we'll as walking on the beach. After several attempts of making a nest, the team picks up the turtle and returns it to the ocean to make sure the turtle does not over exhausts itself and becomes more susceptible to predictors.

Eat. 9pm I head to the hammock and enjoy another night sleeping above hundreds of eggs, silently sleeping in the sand.

Lesson: There is a reason some movies did not make it to the main stream.

Food: Garlic & Jalapeno bread. You can never go wrong with satisfying hunger with a side of garlic infused bread.

Something I am thankful for: completing projects
Something I don't want to admit: I posted this 16 days after this actual day.

Total Nest I have saved: 40
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:42
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 4610
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 955
Days of Rain: 67/104

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