The Daily Grind:
11am: breakfast: fruit plate of banana, pineapple and papya, fruit drink (I like the blackberry con leche)-fried or scrambled eggs, bacon if you want it, rice and beans.
12:30-6:oo: nest excavations, class, blogging, estruary trip tomorrow, usually a swim in the ocean, and then sleeep until dinner. You order dinner at breakfast so it is ready when you get here at 6.
6:00 dinner: rice and beans with chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, fish, shrimp, hamburger, pizza, mushrooms. somewhat regular cooking, but most comes with beans and rice. You eat luzano with it which is like a mild flavorful hot sauce.
7:00 sleep until the night patrol. Tonight is 11pm-5:45am!! It is tiring at the end. You carry water with you. You walk and walk, then rest at one end of the beach, wait 20 minutes and retrace your steps. Hopefully, after 20 minutes a turtle will have come up or a nest will have hatched. Then rest for a spell, and go back again. You go for one mile, then rest. At the rest stops sometimes you fall asleep for ten minutes. It is very dark-no moon and no lights. I have NOT seen a turtle yet., The researchers assure me I will.....I hope so....I will be bummed if I don't.
I am at the station with 7 other volunteers like me and 7 biological researchers who live here. I am staying in a room with 4 bunk beds. It reminds me of going to overnight camp…when you arrive you don’t know anybody but after a few hours everybody knows every body else and you are having a great time.