Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 137 - Rocky Situation

Date: 11/14/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day: roca - rock
Turtle Fact: Sea Turtles have better senses of smell than a shark or a dog.

Wake up in hatchery at 6:20am. Breakfasr (cereal + banana).

This morning I am taking Lars (male companion and German Volunteer) to the south of Punte Coyote's coast, where I have seen caves from a distance. The reason for this adventure is to explore what is exactly in those caves. Everyone I have talked to, or had interpreted had no idea what they were like. So being so close, I thought i might seize the opportunity when the tides were just right. Today is the day.

We are out the door by 6:45am. We walk south along the beach and walk across the estuary (thigh deep). Almost there. We continue down the beach. The landscape quickly changes from fine sand, to large rocks as the beach get smaller and smaller, backing up next to a side of large rock hill. After walking along this rocky surface for another 10 mins, we made it. There were several opening along the face of the his rock wall. All of them seemed to be very identical. They start out with a wide and tall opening. Quickly all side and become narrow and meet at the floor, where some have a small hole at the bottom. I doubt this hole goes anywhere, but this is where I have limits and fear sets in. Why? As it is, these caves are filled with large crabs, bats and wasps. Not to mention funky looking algea and growing on the walls. I would hate for one of these creatures to use any part of my body as target practice. You can tell that a majority of these caves are filled with water during the high tide, due to the debris piles along the floor. However, I can't seem to stop thinking about where the chest of gold be hidden.

We continue following the coast south, stopping in and out of small "caves" for the next 800 meters or so, until we round the point of the rock formations. Looking south, the landscape to continues to change into large rocks of coral only exposed due to the low tide. In certain places this does reveal a small "secluded" beach, which would be awesome to camp on, if it had not been for the tide coming back in. We attempt to go visit a couple more caves to the south, however this was quickly stopped by the formation of large rocks that required to climb down and then up. Lars only equipped with a pair of sandals, we are forced to turn around and save the rest of this adventure for another day (spoiler alert: This happens tomorrow).

We trace our steps back, glancing in tide pools to see what ocean creatures were trapped and currently living in these small bodies of water. By 10am we make it back to the house, safe and sound. Breakfast #2 (oatmeal). Nature Thirty. Lunch (leftovers). Siesta. Swim. Arts and crafts projects. Fill hatchery holes. Get sweaty. Run. Swim. Shower. Movie Night. The kids brought over a DVD movie (spanish animated movie) to watch. We played it on Courtney's computer.

Cook. Eat (chicken stir fry). Siesta. updates. Sleep (for whatever reason was a horrible night of tossing and turning).

Lesson: You can go only as far as your feet can be prepared to take you.

Food: Chicken Stir Fry. Using the last of our supply of cooked shredded chicken, I sautee veggies in soy sauce and serve over some fluffy white rice.
Animals: Dogs, Birds, Spiders, Flies, Ants, Crabs, Mosquitoes, Fish, sea snails, starfish

Something I am thankful for: Exploring your neighborhood. Relatively speaking, it great to check out whats around you, before venturing off.
Something I don't want to admit:I think I got a neck beard tan line. Ewwww.

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: 87/133 - Morning sprinkle

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