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Sunday March 18, 2018
BIENVENIDOS A LA PURA VIDA
Welcome to the pure life!
Yesterday was a successful and awesome arrival day! Everyone arrived safely and spent the day relaxing and getting to know each other.
Today we have embarked on our long and scenic bus ride toward home base in the Caribbean jungles of Costa Rica, with pit stops for an incredible zip line experience and some typical Costa Rican food!
We are all so excited for our week together! It is just beginning!
Monday March 19, 2018
Today we woke up to heavy rain in the jungle, and were enveloped by the sounds of nature. We were fortunate enough to have better weather after breakfast, and enjoyed a tour of the property! We got to learn about all of the plants that grow here and even sample some of the water from fresh coconuts. We saw lots of wildlife, including spider monkeys, a sloth, and emerald basilisks. After our tour, we had lunch and spent some time at the beach. The rest of the day was pretty tranquil, but we are all very excited at the moment for our first night patrol tonight!
Tuesday March 20, 2018
Hey, it’s Journey here! It was an incredibly humid day today, waking up to rain once again. After a breakfast of fruit and grilled cheese, we all headed out into the rain to the village to learn more about ASTOP. This program is all about saving and protecting the sea turtles of Parismina.
After we learned more info on Green Turtles and Leatherback Turtles, we went on a guided tour of Parismina where we got to see all the sodas and cantinas! These are restaurants where the locals and tourists alike both go to hang out or have a good meal. Before our tour was over, we enjoyed some delicious chocobananas that helped us cool down in the intense heat.
After our tour, we went back to home base where we all ate lunch and then took some time to rest up before we headed out again. After our naps, we all headed out to the beach lagoon to clean up the shores and pick up the trash for about an hour before we all took a dip into the lagoon. Now we are all relaxing and hanging out awaiting dinner. Adios, amigos!
Wednesday March 21, 2018
We started the day with a breakfast of rice, beans, sausage, and fruit. Then we went on an amazing boat tour, on which we saw snowy egrets, great egrets, blue herons, tiger herons, aracaris, emerald basilisk lizards, a caiman, poison dart frogs, a sloth and a group of crocodiles! We came back to a fantastic lunch of pasta with cream sauce, salad, and garlic bread, after which we had mentor groups on the beach.
After lunch we painted signs for the beach and the Eco Lodge, mostly to encourage visitors to be mindful of the environment. Then we had a Latin dance lesson, which was a lot of fun! Maya taught us the bachata and salsa, and then Journey finished the dance party by teaching us the Caballo Dorado. Dinner was rice, beans, veggies, and fried plantains. Tonight is our second night patrol, wish us luck!