|Billboard for Future of our Property|
|Puddles on the Road|
Saturday morning we went to seek out coffee from the Rhodeside Cafe which promised great coffee and cinnamon rolls but much to our dismay they were closed and showed no sign of being opened any time soon. So we got back in the car and continued south with no real plan but hoped to make it to Malpais, a little hippie town. Driving in Costa Rica is very different than the US, there is never a warning that a rode might be flooded until you get there. So we drove about 5 km down this dirt rode only to see a 1/4 mile river flowing down the middle of the rode. We turned around and once again continued south (or so we thought). We finally made it to the decent sized town of Jiracal at 2 in the afternoon and stopped for lunch. We picked a place that had a lot of locals thinking this was the spot, but since we obviously weren't locals they brought us to the back room where there was AC and SKY TV! The food was great and the locals were so friendly. We then got a map to see how much further we had until we got to Malpais only to discover we had drive East for about 2 hours. The ocean we were seeing was actually on the Eastern side of the Peninsula and we could see main land Costa Rica. So sadly we realized Malpais was not going to happen this trip. We continued back to Corozalito and San Miguel.
|Pool at the Main Restaurant at the Punta Islita Hotel|
That night I went out to the beach from 9 until almost 2 in the morning and saw over 25 turtles or turtle tracks. We moved some of the nests, hid others and some we made look like the nest was already poached. Things are different in Corozalito because the house is a 40 minute walk to the beach, there are way more turtles each night, more poachers and there isn't a protected hatchery like in San Miguel. For the first 3 nights it poured and it was cold rain and every night I would return to the house soaked to the bone and covered in sand. So a quick hop in the pool was the best option to get rid of the sand. I also learned really quickly even if it is hot to wear pants. I have over 300 sand flea bites on my legs and bug spray doesn't seem to stop them!
Yesterday was finally sunny again and we spent most of the day playing uno in the pool and just enjoying the sun. We also got to release 8 babies whose eggs were saved from a nest that was deprecated by a raccoon. Pictures from the drive Baby Turtle Pictures