Delta one consisting of Megan, Andy, Zoe, Kate, Daniel, Deenal, Henry, Tom, Ben, Charlie, Cata, Hannah, Henry, Nella and Trino set off for Playa Hermosa on the morning of the 6th July. Eager for the beach, about half of the group fell straight to sleep while the other half listened to their ipods for the duration of the journey. Beautiful scenes outside the windows flew by; Turrialba, Cartago and finally the Pacific! Immediately as we stepped off the bus we all felt the searing heat and serious humidity. We were all thrown into a serious sweaty hell! Unloading the tools and rucksacks went smoothly. We spent the afternoon clearing the area, drinking coconut juice and setting up the basher beds. We also set up our amazing long-drop toilet and our group tarps… 3rd time lucky! After a well earned dinner of pasta and Ranchero sauce we all hit the sack to be rested for the new day of hard labour ahead…
Wake up call at around 06.00 hours! We set to work on our inventive toilet cubicle filled with fallen palm trees and bamboo. After this we headed to the beach to learn about water safety, how to spot the turtle trails and of course, a cheeky swim! A couple of hours off before heading back to work for a night patrol; the first of many to come, with hopefully a lot of eggs! The group was split into two working shifts, night and day. The night group was abandoned by Ricardo the ranger as there was some strong lightening. The other braved the storm early in the morning and found 68 eggs! Hannah rescued them and put them in a newly dug hole in the hatchery. Everybody seemed to have had a watery night so some basher bed tweaking was in order! This was left to the night crew, as the day team went to work. Hannah (our Day Leader) and Nella (our Assistant Day Leader) put us to work raking behind the ranger station and clearing the old coconuts. Hot work!
We got back to camp at around 1200 hours for some tuna and crackers (lunch) and headed to the beach. A quick dip and sunbathe before some casevac rescue practice (which we aced!), and a dinner of Mac and Cheese. A game of Wild West Mafia with the Ranchero brothers and Mr Eastwood topped off a refreshingly cool night!
|Coconuts fresh from the tree!|
Pura Vida amigos!
*Blog written by Dawn Tennant and photo’s by Kat Mammone, unless otherwise stated.