Costa Rica Week 2

I can't believe I have been back for 4 days already. I had migraines, forced myself to go to school, and yesterday started making the 40-or-so shirts for the Squam Art Workshops Vendor Night where I have a table (only 3 weeks away!). But no excuse for stopping at week 1 in Costa Rica...and I have thoughts on school I want to write, so I better finish Costa Rica first.

 

So after I left my love at the airport, and wrote the first post on Costa Rica, I boarded a bus for Hojancha where I met the regional coordinator, who the next day got me off to Playa Camaronal (the middle of nowhere...but soon to the luxury vacation home of hundreds of foreigners). My first couple days in Camaronal were hard...only a couple people spoke rough English and I missed Ben. But I finally got out and learned more Spanish and learned how to communicate simply and had a lot of fun. 

love those benches Hojancha: love those benches

My room for a week. I love little rooms under the eaves. My room for a week. I love little rooms under the eaves.

The Main Building - my room was upstairs The Main Building - my room was upstairs

Rocks on the beach Rocks on the beach

I found a hermit crab that had made a bottle cap (the size of a cap on leave-in-conditioner) his home instead of a shell! I laughed so hard! There were hundreds more hermit crabs than humans on the beach...all sizes. The funniest moment of the week: I found a hermit crab that had made a bottle cap (the size of a cap on leave-in-conditioner) his home instead of a shell! I laughed so hard!

Toes Toes

gorgeous isolated uninhabited beach...but not for long Camaronal: gorgeous isolated uninhabited beach...but not for long

Gecarcinus quadratus (Halloween Crab) - freaky little territorial crabs big and small...this one was not afraid of me at all and challenged my size with its purple choppers! Gecarcinus quadratus (Halloween Crab) - freaky little territorial crabs big and small...this one was not afraid of me at all and challenged my size with its purple choppers!

Dawn outside my window Dawn outside my window

CANE TOAD! I was so excited to see cane toads because I teach about during ecology (they are a terribly invasive species in Australia) CANE TOAD! I was so excited to see cane toads because I teach about during ecology (they are a terribly invasive species in Australia)

Turtle Eggs! I am moving a nest because at Camaronal poachers are the main problem. We move the nests to random locations to hide them. Turtle Eggs! I am moving a nest because at Camaronal poachers are the main problem. We move the nests to random locations to hide them.

A nest A nest

Mama Turtle laying her eggs Mama Turtle laying her eggs

Mama Turtle returning to the water Mama Turtle returning to the water

Domenica - one of the staff at the Wildlife Refuge Domenica - one of the staff at the Wildlife Refuge

Jacklyne (the cook) took this one of me Jacklyne (the cook) took this one of me

Jacklyne with assorted beach items Jacklyne with assorted beach items

Click on the picture...can you see that surfer way out there? Now you can see how big these waves were! And these were smaller than at the beginning of the week! Click on the picture...can you see that surfer way out there? Now you can see how big these waves were! And these were smaller than at the beginning of the week!

Sunset on my second to last night at the refuge Sunset on my second to last night at the refuge

Crocodile tracks! Yikes! Crocodile tracks! Yikes!