When we made it back to Horizontes, everyone hit their beds and were out. In the morning we all woke up and headed to breakfast (ham, eggs, rice, beans, and fresh watermelon). After fueling up we went on a hike through the dry forest with Freddie; the local naturalist. We observed the insane plant life and learned all about Costa Rica's dry forest. After the two-hour hike, we all took a well deserved two hour nap. Well rested we headed to lunch, consisting of chicken, rice, beans, and salad.
|With Freddie the field guide|
After lunch we all got ready for the second day at the beach. First we walked the estuary (where the fresh water meets the ocean) to see if we could find some crocodiles. Without any luck we headed back for some beach time. Some of us swam while others did hermit crab racing. A few of us went to get copo; a traditional Costa Rican shaved ice with different milks and flavorings. While in the water we got taken out by huge waves, swam with the sting rays, saw a crocodile, and had a blast. Best of all, we witnessed an endangered green sea turtle looking for place to nest. Veronica our guide told us all about the amazing process they go through just to find the best place to nest. We took sunset pictures with our group and some with Eddie and Felix. We headed back to the research center in Horizontes to shower and try to remove the sand.
|Green sea turtle|
|Sea turtle tracks|
|Group photo with Eddie one of our drivers|
|Sunset as we left the beach|
After the long awaited showers we were all surprised by the amazing cookout the Horizontes staff had prepared for our departure. We were served three types of meat, grilled pineapple, eggplant, zucchini, mashed potatoes, and salad. We sat at a huge table with beautiful lights strung and traditional Costa Rican music playing. While around the table we shared our favorite experiences here in Costa Rica, shed some tears, and laughed a ton. After dinner we all made our way back to our rooms to pack and get a good nights rest for our red eye flights to come. We will see you all soon!
|Beautiful table set by the staff at Horizontes|
|Group celebration of all of the great adventures and lessons learned on this trip|