~ Newsletter No. 218, March, 2020 ~
Hola Volunteers and Supporters, it has been a busy month here at the Turtle project, here is a rundown of everything that has happened! ~
Turtle wise: March produced a total of about twelve nests. Some nesting turtles were drawn to strong lights coming from an area north of Las Perla Restaurant, a problem that we will have to work on later.
We would like to thank the following contributors for their financial support of our program over the past month. Robb and Karen Hope and Jennifer Nelsen, - Also we have stopped the sale of T-shirts for the time being.
Weather-wise: Daytime temperatures were in the high 70°f to the very low 80° , while night time temps were in the mid 60°f to very low 70°. March rainfall came to .01 of an inch, and for the year the amount came to 8.10 inches.
March Volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, and Joslin Carson, Julio Gonzales and America Rios Tejas, Juan Flores and family, Karen Sorum and Hallie Loveridge, Nicole Sanders and Robert Klusmeyer.
Another buggy accident. I had just dropped a volunteer off at her house, and I was slowly backing down her steep driveway. As the buggy rolled on to the flat road below, it started to skid out of control and off a sixteen foot cliff backwards. With any luck I could have rolled onto a large parking lot below, but instead the buggy was stopped when the left back fender hit a coconut palm at the bottom.
Manuel and Joslin arrived in minutes and we pulled the buggy off the palm and towed it to the nursery. After removing the badly damage left fender, a snapped torsion bar assembly, a crushed muffler, and oil filter housing we found several old cracks and some new ones in the frame. It is going to take some hard work, and perhaps several months to get it back in good running order again.
For a period of several weeks thousands of Canadians and Americans have been fleeing Puerto Vallarta and the State of Nayarit. The image below of the Puerto Vallarta Airport terminal is very disturbing to see so many people crammed together like this, I hope that no virus was able to be spread.
Over period of several months the Chinese were able stop the Covid-19 virus dead in its tracks by an enforced mandatory nationwide quarantine or lockdown, they asked everyone to self-isolate at home, keeping a distance of 6 feet from each other, washing their hands as often as possible, keeping their hands off their faces, and to not let others in their houses, etc.
Although there are several things you can do to help your immune system.
* Take the recommended amount of vitamins C, B-6 and D.
* Get out in the sun for 15 minutes a day with no sunscreen.
* If chilly put on a coat and get warm or hot asap, and stay warm.
* And the best medicine for the immune system is getting a lot of good sleep.
Town and Country wise; There are few tourists or foreigners left in San Pancho or anywhere in the State of Nayarit. I drove from San Pancho to the Mexican immigration office in Nuevo Vallarta in about 32 minutes with few cars on the road. Otherwise everything is as usual, as if there was no danger of a pandemic in Mexico? All the large markets are fully stocked including our market, but few tourist to purchase their goods. The Mexican government has been trying to tell the people to self-isolate via radio and television, but the people are not listening especially in the larger cities.
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Puerto Vallarta termal Damaged Dune Buggy after rolling down a 16 foot cliff