|This river crossing we didn't try.. found a way around eventually.|
|We managed this crossing.. |
Eric is checking out the best angle through.
The next day, we ventured south along the coast to see what we could see. There was another beach that turtles go to lay their eggs (Camaronal) and we were curious to check it out. We didn't have too much hope to see anything as we were told the tours for this beach leave after dark when the turtles come (no Arribada at this beach). We got there mid day.. wild black sand beach with drift wood (and garbage from the sea) strewn about and angry waves crashing. We were the only ones on the whole beach.. just wandering.. and then a turtle just a few meters ahead of us emerges from the surf! ( we decided our Bald Eagle we saw in Thunder Bay, our lucky eagle, is definitely still with us.) It's just magical how one minute it's us on the beach with the surf and water (and Liam and Sean asking "can we go back now?") and the next a sea turtle is there, hauling herself out from the surf! We watched this sea turtle's (Olive Ridley) whole egg laying process from start to finish (it took about 45 minutes, so I wouldn't say we had the boys undivided attention for the whole process ).
|She was pretty determined to dig a deep hole!|
|They crawl up to the softer sand and start digging a hole with their hind flippers,|
and they are really good at scooping out the sand, like a hand almost..
|Celebration time! She must feel lighter.. |
they lay about 100 eggs that look just like ping-pong balls.
We returned the car rental today after loading up with groceries at Nicoya (bigger town about 40 minutes away) and we are back to being beach bound after our turtle adventures and road tripping. I feel refreshed (to tackle the homeschooling again) and we have surfing lessons lined up on Monday... for all of us.
Here are a few more pictures from our road trips:
|Sean at Playa Garza, just north from Samara|
|a lunch stop at Punta Islita |
(a very expensive lunch stop at a resort)
|views south along the pacific coast line|
|We did have a little 4x4 rental.. it's a must to drive these roads.|
|Sunset at Playa Carrillo.. the beach directly south from Samara.. almost home.|