Costa Rica Family trip - turtles and rainforest, pacuare
I imagine it was a good snake to have around -- eats rats and other pests. It was just a little too close for me, however.
We played in the surf that morning, and the girls found some fruit they could break open and use the shells as containers for their 'treasures'. The surf was pretty high so we only went in up to our knees. After lunch (awesome curried veges), Scott and another guide took us on a jungle hike. The jungle starts about 15 yards from the beach. We couldn't believe all the living creatures we saw -- frogs, crabs, lizards, monkeys, all sorts of exotic bugs, and even an eyelash pit viper, safely coiled on a branch by the path (couldn't see his face, though). One of the spider monkeys must not have liked the looks of James as he lingered behind taking pictures, and started throwing sticks and fruit at him! Must be a macho thing. Scott mentioned that sometimes the monkeys throw poo, so we quickly moved on. On the way back from the walk we went to do another nest excavation on the beach. Again, the kids loved it, even though we didn't find any live babies (boo hoo). Maria opened all the undeveloped eggs herself and helped categorize all the eggs. Scott was telling us about the International Sea Turtle Society, with annual meetings around the globe. There's a neat web site we checked out when we got home with some info and updates if you google 'international turtle conference'.
We were tired when we got back, so after dinner (pasta with a creamy sauce) the kids fell asleep before our nighttime patrol. Kate went with us and our guide this time. On patrol we found LOTS of hatchling tracks, but most of them we missed by what must have been less than an hour. At one nest, there was one little turtle who got left behind. His eyes were not yet open, so he wasn't quite ready to strike out on his own and we re-buried him gently back in the nest. On the way back, we saw fresh tracks out to the ocean, so perhaps that was our little guy making his move. The nighttime walks are tiring and James carried Sirena on his shoulders some of the time. Generally, though, the kids were troopers and walked the whole way.
Went to bed very tired.