This is our last night in Costa Rica, and although we have had the trip of a lifetime, we are all ready to be with our families again!
Yesterday we spent the day traveling to Horizontes, a place to stay and study sea turtles in the dry forest, which was a huge change from the rainforest in Finca La Anita. We got to Horizontes, unpacked our things, then met with Nathan (one of the leading sea turtle research scientists in the world) who explained what we would be doing and looking for later in the evening out on the beach. We then proceeded to eat dinner then pack a few essentials for a night out on the beach. When we got to the beach, we set up "camp" and laid out towels and blankets for people to rest on when we all were taking turns walking up and down the beach throughout the night. We did this from 7 to around midnight. Although no sea turtles were found, it was definitely a good learning experience.
Today we finally got to sleep in, something we rarely get to do. Everyone woke up at around 10 to go eat breakfast and we were relieved to hear that today was going to be a beach day. We took our buses down with our amazing drivers to the beach where we were at the night before and everyone set up their towels and automatically jumped into the water. It felt so amazing, all of us were craving a relaxing day and this was the perfect way to do it. After everyone was done swimming we were surprised with a nice barbecue. It was a great last dinner with everyone. We had planned on staying until the sun went down so we could get some amazing pictures, but unfortunately we were pushed out by the rain coming in. After the rain, we came back to Horizontes for some showers and sleep.
This has been an amazing, unforgettable trip. We all made lifetime friends that we will cherish forever. This has been the most real experience that I'm sure all of us has felt, we've shared laughs, hugs, tears, and memories. (Brooklyn) This trip has been absolutely crazy and I'm glad I could share it with this wonderful group of girls.
These are your four seniors, Brooklyn, Tristen, Caitie, and Jessie, telling you all to make sure to wash your pants.