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No one said it would be easy. The opposite actually. And I have never lived close to a surf break.  But I have tried over the years to learn this activity. There have been ups and downs, literally, but I can go to a  break when the swell isn’t too crazy and get a wave or two or three.  And when I do get my few, rare waves it is so fun and full of stoke I love it.  Then there can be periods where I just get beat up by the surf but eventually I get another wave.  Sometimes you just have to believe…

 

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Tortugas!

 

 

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We learned about turtles last night.  Luckily the reserve nearby in Ostional knew by some magic that around 200 Olive Ridley sea turtles would be coming to lay eggs last night.  They seem to be able to predict based on it being a mid-tide and a nearly full moon. There may be other factors as well.

We arrived after 9pm and were only allowed to use red lights for flashlights.  As we walked onto the beach we were aware of piles of  broken turtle eggs.  Then a short way down the beach we encountered our first female laying eggs.  She had hollowed out a hole as deep as she could reach and was now depositing her 100 eggs.  She did the deposits 2 or 3 at a time, and took rests as she went.  When she was through, she spent some time filling the hole and then using her underbelly to pack down the sand. Then she lumbered into the waves.  It seemed like she would only go 15 “steps” before taking a rest.  Apparently a single female will do three egg laying sessions, each month for 3 months. That will be in the range of 100 eggs layed over a three month period.  Then she goes to sea and stays at sea for 2 years.  The eggs hatch, at least the ones that survive, in about 45-50 days and those little turtles head out to sea as well.  If they survive they return to lay eggs in 15 years.

I don’t know if there were 200 turtles but there were a lot. Turtles coming and going for hours. Very cool to see and now I want to come back in 50 days and see the babies off…

 

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Moving again

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All I could find on the web about buses to the next town, suggest that you need to travel way inland to the hub of Santa Cruz and then pick a different bus line and come back to the coast. It didn’t make sense but that is what everything says.  I have been considering hitchhiking and I think we could do that.  But today at breakfast I wanted to get more info and practice Spanish. So I asked the server about the buses.  I found out that today, Sunday, there is only one bus at 2pm.  Tomorrow are two choices, I forget what they were. Then I did  recap in spanish to make sure I understood.  All set. I feel like my spanish is ok for some things.  Stoked to move down the coast too!

Travelling companions

Travelling companions can be friends, partners, bffs, lovers, acquaintances or family. Sometimes when they are family they don’t have to pretend to be interested, or excited. They just want to do their own thing. Like read the new gift book they just received at the airport bookstore.  But they don’t want to talk to the family that brought them along.  In fact their behavior can be a bit challenging.

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