Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 136 - Stamp-ed-e

Date: 11/13/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

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

Wake up 8am in hatchery. Go to house and continue to sleep until 11am. Breakfast (pancakes) made and waiting for me in the oven - awesome. It's nice to know people are thinking of me!

Laundry. It's been a "minute" since I last did laundry. I figure it's laundry day when all your undies (after being used in a strict cyclical pattern) all start to have distinct odor to them, even after washing them simultaneously with myself daily (after use). I guess the hotel soaps only can work for so long, before you need something a bit stronger.

This morning we have a new volunteer, Iona, joins the Costa de Oro house. While the Pretoma truck is at the house I sieze the opportunity and throw a bike in the back of it and get a ride into town. I needed to stock up on my oatmeal stash as well as send out the next wave of POSTCARDS. Afterall this time I have finally gotten smart about sending these cards out. The Deal - There is only one place (Super Rey - Grocery Store) in the nearest town, San Francisco de Coyote, that sells stamps as well as has mail picked up. Since mail is rarely sent (or so it seems) they usually have a limited quantity of stamps they have on hand (around 15 or so). Seeing as I send out 20+ stamps per batch, I clean house with it comes the stamp department, making no room for others to purchase. Having been known for such interesting postcard I send out (obviously) they know who I am and have offered to email me (technology is a town like this - awesome) when they get a new batch in. As for the rest of the fools, I am sure they make trips into town, just to get stamps, without even knowing if they have any. Ironically enough, the stamps have turtles on them. If your luckly enough, you will have seen one of these in person!

SOOO after being in town, sending out my postcards, picking up some granola, oats, spare rubber tube for bike and delicious ice cream (Trits), I ride back to the house. I make record timing with the new bike Courtney's Dad has provided us with (for patrols). The chain did not pop, I was able to shift gears up the hills and by back was not soar - this is the life.

Lunch (leftovers). Siesta. Make souvenirs for loved ones (secret). Get my sweat on. Run. Sunset. Swim. Shower. Cook. Eat (Greek Meatballs, Pasta, green beans and fresh bread). Siesta.

Sunset Deep Thought: We value things that are in limited quantity. Gold has become a standard for currency as it remains to be a limited resource. What if "clean" water becomes such a scarce resource (granted there is another hydrating alternative). Would we wear capsules of water around out neck or place fancy sealed containers of it on the mantel place?

Another volunteers arrives. Michelina joins us from San Diego and will be here for the next couple of weeks. Update HT.com. Nature Thirty. Hatchery, Hammock. Sleep 4am.

Lesson: Travel smarter, not harder/longer/quicker.

Food: Greek Meatballs. If there is one thing they did right, they designed one hell of template for meatball recipes - granted no one can make them like Yiayia!
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Spiders, Flies, Ants, Crabs, Iguanas

Something I am thankful for: Hitching Rides - Sure in some places it illegal, while other it's as common as opening a door for someone. You just have to be at the right place at the right time.
Something I don't want to admit: The reason I like cooking... is so I can taste test all the food before it's on the table. Sorta like an extra serving that never makes it onto the plate - so I don't seem like a fat a$$ when I load up my plate :)

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: 86/132

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