Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 123 - Feliz Halloween

Date: 10/31/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: traje - costume
Turtle Fact: Sea turtles are amazing swimmers, and they can do it for hours and hours without becoming tired. They can move from 1 mile per hour to about 5 miles per hour. What is interesting is that some of them travel hundreds or more than 1,000 miles to reach the breeding grounds. This can take them a very long time to reach due to their slow but steady pace. .

Wake up 6am in the hatchery. Today is Halloween! I sometimes wish all Holidays had a morning component to it. IE Christmas: opening presents in the morning, Easter: finding the Easter basket throughout the hose, etc. Perhaps a new tradition could be had like eating pumpkin pie and the person who has the piece of chocolate candy in the middle of their pie piece which means that this person has privileges to take whatever candy he wants from anyone in the house in exchange for his/her worse candy they get that night. Just a thought...

In honor of this holiday I decide to test out an idea I have been thinking about some time. Cooking pancake batter in young coconuts! I wander the backyard looking for the best little bunch of younger coconut I can find. I locate some and wack off the bunch of nuts. Using the machete, I make a clean cut in the tops of them, without actually opening the coconut. These is to be used for a flat surface for when they bake. I make one more cut on the opposite end. This time, it pierces through the top third of the hull. I pour the juice into a pitcher and reserve this for later in the baking process. Next I carve out some faces on the top third of the coconut (the piece I just cut), rinse them out and pre bake them in the oven. After preparing the pancake batter with a little extra cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate powder and sugar, I pour this into each cavity of the ore heated coconut and stick them back in the oven. About 40 min later I put them out. I filled each coconut mostly full so that it would over flow once baked. Knowing this, the pancaked did spill out of the coconut resembling vomit. It turned out perfect.

After consuming my holiday creation I help tidy up the house as there is a chance that the top dog of Pretoma may stop by the house to check out the project site. By 11:30am we gather our belongings and get picked up from the house in the Pretoma vehicle. Today we are heading to the Hotel Laguna Mar where we are having a little Halloween get together.

The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing by the pool and enjoying a couple pina coladas. Since all 4 project sites were in attendance, I really got to know the other research assistance and volunteers. They come from all over and (mainly Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the US). All of them from various backgrounds, but usually somewhere in the nature realm. Its so interesting to think that volunteering is such global activity. Thinking like an American, I forget sometimes that other countries can volunteer too. We are served fish tacos and long some fresh quad and beans. After we eat, the clouds start to settle in, so now my costume comes out. Essentially I dress in my Ninja Turtle Onzie , along with a HT patch over my eye, and a faux mustache. I wear this with pride as I am now one of the few that I currently wearing a costume. We all hangout out and get more comfortable with each other as now we are planning future events in which we all can another one again. Before you know the Pretoma vehicle arrives once more to shuttle us back home. What a great time!

Back at the house I warm up a little bit of left overs and prepare for another night in the hatchery. Hammock. Netflix. Sleep. A little more Netflix. Sleep.

Lesson: Costumes are worn at night for reason... all that extra clothing makes you hot!

Food: Reese's peanut butter cup. Some great friends of mine had gave me some of the treats in my latest supply drop. Good thing I had these as this was the only chocolate I consumed on Halloween.

Animals: Ghost , Goblins, Skeletons, Gypsies,

Something I am thankful for: Knowing that your not alone. Its nice to meet other people that are doing the same things as you. Its nice to hear how they handle various situations and have much on a common topic to talk about.

Something I don't want to admit: I used to be a pirate for Halloween when I was younger, multiple years in a row...I still held on to that tradition with the eye patch.

We have officially stopped collecting turtle eggs for the season!

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: 79/119

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