Costa Rica Dolphin & Ecology 12-Day Adventure — Friday, August 2, 2019

Stormy Summer Seas (By Sarah Zapata)

We started the day by checking the rodent traps that we had set the night before. Unfortunately, the only creatures that we caught were hermit crabs. Sarah set the record at five crabs in one trap. After a delicious breakfast of eggs and fruit, we spent the next half hour searching tidepools for interesting creatures. Paulo found a snail with a strange pattern on its shell. It started raining hard while we were searching tidepools, and it continued raining on and off throughout the day.
It was almost time to board the boat, so we played elbow tag on the beach until it arrived. The boat ride itself was quite exciting. The intent was to reach a nearby island where the group could go snorkeling, but it began to rain so hard that we had to turn back. We ate popcorn and drank tea at the cabin until the weather cleared enough that we could go to the island. On the way there, we saw a pod of whales. Upon arrival at the island, we put on our snorkeling gear and jumped into the water. We saw a sea turtle, which Sophia and Anhwei were very excited about. Afterwards, we ate lunch on the boat, which made Jon quite seasick. Once we had eaten our fill, there was a short hike on the island, then another twenty minutes of snorkeling, and then we decided to head back.
It started raining again on our way back to the cabin, but it wasn't as rough as before. Once we got back, we listened to a lecture about national parks, then we each received a free t-shirt. Everyone was happy about that. Next, we had a candlelit dinner, which consisted of spaghetti and garlic bread. After dinner, we talked about what we're going to do after this trip. Rory said that she'd be interested in more oppurtunities like Broadreach, and might look into it. The night ended in the dining hall with a fun hour of card games, dancing to music, and roasting marshmallows for s'mores.

Interesting creatures
Ocean and rain
Food and togetherness
Candlelit games
Close to the end
But still wanting more
Let's stay here forever
Campanario, day four

- Sarah Zapata, Leader of the Day 8/2/19