Life on the farm
Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
2Trip End Apr 10, 2009
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Where I stayed
Rainsong Animal Sanctuary
During our time here, Dan became the designated ¨handy man.¨ He built a goat pen, a cat house, a giant shelving unit to house small cages for things like squirrels and skunks, and he worked very hard on the initial construction of a giant bird aviary that required cementing and fencing. I think that he really enjoyed this role...I spent some of my time helping with construction, one day hauling massive wood posts out of the jungle (that was tough) and the rest of the time I worked at the sanctuary caring for the animals and doing some gardening. It t was really nice to be there for a month because by the end, we really felt like we knew the routine. It was a wild experience getting to care for tropic animals. My favorite was taking out Änti¨the ant eater to graze for ants. When we first arrived two baby squirrels were brought in who fell out of a tree. They were abandoned and had worms. One of them was injured in his eye and we thought he was going to loose his sight. Though our loving care they flourished and grew to be quite large. We bottle fed them every two hours and gave drops to the boy squirrel with the bad eye. Funny enough, I had an eye infection and went to the pharmacy and they gave me the same drops....worked for me as well..
During our time off, which we were able to squeeze in a little. We did some things that we both love. We went snorkeling in the ocean with a tourist group. We were able to see all sort of interesting sea life, my favorite was the star fish. We had an amazing fresh lunch on a little island and then went back for a second round of snorkeling. Dan and I were the last ones to get in the boat. On our return to the main land we saw two giant whales!
On another day off we did some hiking in Cabo Blanco park. It was a four hour hike with a beach stop in the middle. We saw a lot of f interesting trees, different types of butterflies and of course monkeys. While we were swimming a group of monkeys came into the beach and got a little too close to our belongings. We had to rush out of the water and scare them away. By time we had finished exploring, we were the last to leave the park.
We were able to attend a school function with Mary on a trip to Cobano. We did projects with five different classes. We made model clay animals and paper mache butterflies. It was wonderful to be back in the company of litttle ones. From Cobano Dan and I took and extra day off and went to a little surf town called Santa Teresa. We swam and ate tasty food (Thia) for a day. We walked all the way back to Rainsong (somewhere around 14 kilometers), it was well past dark when we finally got into bed.
When it was our time to leave, we felt proud of our accomplishments, sad to leave all of our new friends (human and critter) but also excited for our next adventure...