Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 126 - The Germans are Coming

Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: Knutschfleck - Hickey (Translation in German).
Turtle Fact: It can be difficult to accurately estimate the age of sea turtles. However, it is believed that many of the species can live from 50-80 years in the wild with the right conditions. This includes their natural habitat remaining intact and enough food to survive on.</p>

Wake up 8:30am in my own bed. I had another night of viviv dreams. However this time I am running from the cops and performing series of tasks to evade the authority - why, I have idea. Weird. See what happens when I actually get sleep!

This morning the German girls made us pancakes! Simple and tastie. I spend the morning hours, trying to upload my latest pictures using my tablet and sine random app. Boy how I my Mac ( remember Vic you have 5 more days till its back in your possession, working!).

Getting out of the house, I fill some hatchery holes and continue working on my mosaic project. Right before lunch, a new set of Germans have been dropped off at our house. Lars and Verena are our new volunteers and will be joining us for the next month or so at our Costa de Oro house. Rumor has it when the Germans came to cost a Rica (same time our current German volunteers , Chantal and Julia, came) they all went to the dame Spanish school for a week. Meaning, they had all known each other previously, even if for only for a shirt time. So when they arrives, there was much laughter and happiness that filled the air. We are off to a good start!

After welcoming them to house, and giving our new guests a tour of the house and our customers,we eat lunch (leftovers). Due to excess amount of people in our house (7 now and 1 more in a couple days), Kayla and I will be sharing our room with a volunteer for a while. So in&nbsp; preparation we condense our belongings and mentally prepare for another body in our sleeping quarters.

After lunch I continue working on the mosaic and then jon Kayla for a swim in the ocean. After, I head back to the hatchery for some more manual labor filling holes. Get my sweat on. Sunset. Dinner (chicken tacos).

SideNote : So as I stand, watching the sunset at the edge of our property, I see the neighbors out enjoying the colors in the sky as well. After a little small talk, they mention something about a green flash... Have you seen the latest pirates of the Caribbean movie ( I think) where they turn the boat upside down just as the sunset into the water, creating a large green flash? Well that green flash is. REAL! After a little research ( to satisfy the belief) I find that just as the top if the sun enters the horizon of the water, a green flash appears in this spot. This is due to the suns light passing through a mixture of dense atmosphere and reflections off the surface of the water. Don't believe me?

Updates to Hatchery. As I head out to the hammock, I see the ocean is filled with another night of glowing waves. I take a couple minutes to enjoy this natural wonder and retire to some cereal murdering via Dexter.

Lesson: If you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, grab some mittens and a glass of ice water
Food: Chicken Tacos in tortilla wraps with guac, lettuce and salsa.

Animals: Dogs, Birds, Crabs, Mosquitos, spiders, flies

Something I am thankful for: Sunsets. They have so much meaning and inspire so much thought.
Something I don't want to admit: I sweat when I eat. Well it only really happens when I eat spicy food. However, when having a meal with new people, I have to pre-warn them what is going to happen so they don't have to worry. This is usually followed by the story of the first time I started to sweat when eating spicy food. Take me out to dinner sometime and I'll tell you an interesting story and show you how it works.

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: 81/122

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