Some of the Alpha 5 team at La Cangreja were just about to embark on some yoga after a hard days work clearing the drainage for trails when the roadtrip arrived – a good bit of stretching to ease their muscles after the hard work they’d been putting in clearing trails. The rest of the team at their Jungle Camp (a good walk away) entertained us with songs and tales. All were all smiling and happy despite the fact that drying their clothes in the rainforest was proving to be a tad challenging.
The next morning armed with tools they set off to start work on a different section of the trail having fun crossing shallow water to get there. This proved amusing as the team worked out how to help each other out placing ‘stepping stones’ across. The following ascent was steep but soon all were happily working taking breaks every now and then to take in the beauty of the surrounding woodland and wildlife.
|Daily yoga sesh|
|Say queso Alpha 5!|
|Working hard clearing the trail|
|Lost baby frog stumbles across jungle camp|
|Local grasshopper pays a visit|
Next the roadtrip moved on to Playa Hermosa where Delta 1 provided a lively welcome, a black tie dinner awaited and all had ‘made an effort’ with black bin liners being transformed into dinner jackets and waistcoats, the female contingency using sarongs to create their ‘little black numbers’ (albeit not black!). The ‘silver service’ meal was completed with port (ok Tang the local powdered squash) served with appropriate etiquette i.e. port bottle not to touch table, men to serve all ladies and the bottle moving to the left. Cheese and biscuits (rich tea and jam due to lack of cheese) rounded the meal off.
The next day we were immensely sad (but also pleased!) to find out it was Delta 1's first day off since arriving – luckily we’d brought the sunshine with us and were informed that this had been the best weather the group had had. All were in good spirits and deserved a day off following a mixture of nightly turtle patrol, hatchery and trail work shared out on a rota system.
|Delta 1 having a formal dinner|
|Andy shows off his dinner jacket|
|The turtle hatcheries|
|Not a bad view eh?|
So where to next? Well I know some of you are itching for news on Delta 4! Just so you know they are our most remote project and our roadtrip is out visiting them as we speak... expect more on them this Friday!
*Blog and photo's by Waheeda Athaullah and Wendy Miller