After a restful sleep at a wonderful hotel and a fabulous buffet style breakfast, we loaded up the vans and started to make our way to the Caribbean Coast. About a half hour into our trip, the hotel called saying we left a bag behind in one of the rooms. I won’t mention any names, but there was much teasing going on about how you can climb into a bus while everyone is loading their luggage and not realize that you did not do the same thing. So we pulled over on the side of the road and stepped out into the Costa Rican sunshine to await the taxi with the missing piece of luggage. Our trip was mostly uneventful after that. We did stop at a roadside cantina and purchased some cold drinks; this was the students first experience trying to purchase something from an individual that spoke little to no English, and also trying to work around the difference in currency. It was overall, quite entertaining to watch and educational for some.
We continued on our way and made it to the boats that would ferry us to the site. We saw some howler monkeys hanging out in the trees above, but otherwise it was a quiet, beautiful ride.
Once at the site, we situated the kids into their cabins then had a quick lunch before sitting in on an orientation/expectations meeting. They had the rest of the afternoon to wander, check out the ocean and relax before dinner.
After dinner we set up the first beach patrol schedule and informed the kids of how that worked. Half the kids did patrols tonight, unfortunately we didn’t see any turtles. Tomorrow brings a new day.