Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 135 - Cooking Away

Date: 11/12/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: vídeo corto - short video
Turtle Fact:  Sea Turtles are very sensitive to sound. The Sea Turtle's eardrum lays flat on its head behind its eye.

Wake up 7am in my own bed. Breakfast #1 (cereal). Morning patrol. Now that we are no longer collecting eggs to put in the hatchery our number 1 priority is protecting the eggs we have (thus sleeping in the hatchery). Or number 2 priority is to continue collecting data from the beach. This entails a night patrol to see what turtle s come up on the beach and nest, much like we did in the past. The other patrol is a "morning check". This is done preferably in the morning to see what nests made it through the night (have not been poached) and will hopefully (fingers crossed) be able to develop and survive (without the help of hungry dogs) naturally. SO seeing as last nights patrol did not find any turtles, I was looking for any tracks I could find. However, no tracks where to be found.

Since being up this early and on the bike, I decide to make another coffee visit to San Miguel. Greeted with much joy and happiness, I take part in morning conversation and enjoy a little pancake with sugar and lemon (Breakfast #2). While there, Hillary, the Research Assistant of San Miguel had made me a "friendship bracelet/anklet") - how nice! My very own Costa Rican souvenir.  We she see how long this last (due to having very active feat).

I take off and head back over the estuary (which is now waist deep and I carry the bike over my head) and return back to the house for Breakfast #3 (cereal).

Today just happened to become a day of cooking. I spend the next 5 hours in the kitchen, preparing, experimenting and cooking. In this time I was able to make/prepare: Greek Meatballs, Beer/Rice Cooker Chicken, Chicken Broth, Empanada dough, Hibiscus tea, coconut milk, coconut icecream, watermelon, veggies.

SideNote: Yesterday I picked Hibiscus flower and started the drying process. However at the end of the day I was unsatisied how much they dried out, even in the Costa Rican midday sun! So this morning I experimented with fresh flowers and was very satisfied with the results. Step1 remove green on stem and part with pollen. Step2 rinse flowers. Step3 steep flowers in water with a little sugar - this turns the water a dark purple. Step4 after waiting 10mins I drip lime juice into the tea (Titration style) until the liquid turns a bright pink. Step5 Drink. Step6 Ice and drink more.

Lunch (pasta with herb and garlic oil sauce).

Fill hatchery holes. Play in waves with Germans. Siesta. Run. Swim Shower. Prepare dinner. Eat (empanadas). Update HT. Produce first of many  Nature Thirty Video. Essentially I plan on making 30 sec videos using random footage from nature that I have taken. It should be interesting and is meant to be a mental escape for a "hot minute".

Sunset Deep Thought: You know how you can see shapes in the cloud and artistically make new characters? Had you not seen a picture of a dragon before, could you ever mentally establish a picture of a dragon in the clouds without knowing knowing what this creature is? Is our mental capacity that great, or is our brain adapting a similar image of a lizards with a set of wings on it?

Sleep in Hatchery.

Lesson:Prep now, rest later.

Food: Hibiscus Cold Tea - my new favorite, natural, flavorful drink.
Animals: Dogs, Birds, spiders, flies, Ants, Crabs, Minows, Iguanas (very large)

Something I am thankful for: Playing in the waves, and not getting a mouth full of saltwater, when an unsuspecting waves comes crashing in as you grasp your first breath of air from the last wave.
Something I don't want to admit: Rumor has it Hibiscus Tea is good or menstrual cramps

Hatchery Patrol

Total Nest I have saved: 47
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:45
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 5102
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 966
Days of Rain 85/131 Evening Rain

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