Since the last update Alpha 3 have had another great week in Carara National Park. We had a fun time entertaining fieldbase and celebrating Louisa’s 19th birthday last weekend. Our rock collecting may have been interrupted but our brains were certainly put into action as we all deliberated over stick, triangle and music box games. We all enjoyed a quiz evening fuelled by Julian’s extensive knowledge and an incredible energy bomb birthday cake.
On Monday Alpha 3 was buzzing with excitement for what was to be our day off at Playa Hermosa (a beach about an hour away). Thanks to our PMs, Jon and Adri, we had an amazing day. Fortunately the bus did stop for us despite us not being at a bus stop and the sun shined as we spent most of the day in the sea – playing chicken much to Jon’s expense. On our journey back everyone was very refreshed, happy and glowing. We thought our day could not get any better ... but it did when we discovered a man on the bus who was more than delighted as we all whipped out our refried bean packets to trade with him for salted plantains.
Since then we have continued with our work. Thanks to Jemma the mural is completed and looks great. The main focus has continued to be reconstructing the dilapidated pathways in Carara. We hope to finish the circuit we have been working on by Thursday. We have continued to see lots of wildlife while we have been working, including a snake, an anteater, a jungle chicken and of course plenty of Scarlet Macaws.
Back at jungle camp we have enjoyed another quiz night, this time with a jungle theme dress code. And a couple of nights ago we were introduced to the cup game. We are still holding out for a venturer to beat Adri. All in all we are having a really good time. Even our first drop of rain on Saturday was greeted with smiling faces... that is until Ollie tried to sleep in his basher bed.
Over our last few days we are hoping to complete the pathway reconstruction in the area we have been concentrating on, enjoy our second day off possibly exploring the jungle and take down our jungle camp as part of our big clean up operation at the casa verde! Then we will be heading back to fieldbase early on Thursday morning for changeover. Time has flown by so fast, it is hard to believe we only have a few more days on phase one as Alpha 3.