|H Family Adventure
Last Friday night we went to go see wild sea turtles lay eggs. We went to Pirate Beach with a guide, who was a crazy driver, to look for turtles. Nelson had us sit on the beach waiting to see if any turtles would arrive. After about 30 minutes one was coming in! It was a Pacific green turtle. No one was allowed to have any lights on and we had to sit still and be quiet. She crawled up the sand just into the dry part which is where they like to dig their nests. We left her alone so that she could get settled. They are very picky and don't like to be disturbed until they are laying their eggs and then they go into a trance. As we were walking quietly down the beach another turtle was coming in and then another one and another one! Ryan counted nine turtle tracks by the time we left. Our guide told us that one out of ten turtles decides to lay eggs that time of night. Many of them come back later. We were lucky enough to see one lay eggs! It was pretty cool!
We left Playa Flamingo and headed to Lake Arenal. Arenal is a big volcano with a beautiful, wide and long lake. This area reminds us of New Zealand. We stayed 2 nights at a horse farm and of course went horse back riding. It was a little scary at first because we started by riding in a jungle which had deep mud, steep hills and we had to jump up a creek bank. We rode for 3 hours through pineapple fields, sugar cane fields, cow pastures, country roads, the jungle and downstream a creek. It felt a lot longer than 3 hours! My buns are sore.
Now we are staying at a house on a hill above Lake Arenal. Sweatshirt weather again! Our host Patrick is a very cook. He made us a huge breakfast this morning! He brought in a blue morpho butterfly for us to see.