Working with the Sloths!

As promised, a little explanation about the sloths and what it is like to work with them! As I put this together, I realized I forgot to get a picture of my Sloth-BFF, Yare, so I will have to get one tomorrow and post later!

First off, sloths are mostly just as cute and cuddly as you would imagine. However, I did not know that 2 toed sloths (the babies mostly) were such aggressive little bullies. They actually reach out to bite – me, the Kinkajou, the Squirrel, the Agouti… Anyone! Sloths eat leaves in the wild; in the center we give them leaves and steamed veggies with vitamins. When they are hungry, they shove their faces in the food dish and eat like a horse.

So let me introduce you to Charlie and Jeremy, the “inseparable brothas from anotha motha”. They both lost their mommies and were brought into the Rescue Center at about the same time. We suspect they are only days apart in age. 2-Toed babies spend the first ~18 months or so with their mom, so it is good that Charlie and Jeremy have each other for affection and body heat. I can only pick them up wrapped up in a blanket because all they want to do is bite me. Baby sloth bites hurt!


And now here is Carlo, whom I call the “baby baby”. He is only a couple months old and is teeny tiny. He is also quite aggressive, but he is so tiny that none of his attempts result in success. I like Carlo, and Carlo likes hibiscus flowers. That’s about it.


And the new love of my life, Cuore. “Cuore” is heart in Italian. She is absolutely adorable and melts my heart like no other. How can you not love that face? If anyone doesn’t love Cuore, I’m officially dubbing you as emotionless. She is about 9 months old, and she also lost her mother. She is a 3-toed sloth; unfortunately she is now the only 3-toed at the center because we just lost Randi, the adult 3-toed a couple of days ago 😦 Anyway, everyone at the center loves Cuore. Unlike 2-toed sloths, 3-toed are not aggressive. I’m not sure if she likes being held, or if she simply lets us all hold her. She also likes to try to escape the nursery like 10 times every day.


Here is DJ. He is normally a released sloth, but he likes to come back to the center on his own as he feels safe… He is also showing symptoms similar to Parkinsons, so he’s staying with us for a while. I don’t interact with him much.


When I take care of the sloths, which has been most of my duty the ENTIRE time (boy, life is rough), I disinfect every single surface in their enclosures. I clean up sloth poo (which is like little deer poo, and doesn’t happen as often). I rake the floor and take out all the leaves and food dishes from the previous day. I replace all their leaves with fresh ones. Then I get to bring all the animals out to the nursery to show the tourists! I bundle up Charlie & Jeremy in a blanket and then put them in a tree. I talk to Yare and get him to come to me (he really seems to like me now), he grabs on and I haul him out to a tree, too. Then other volunteers or staff bring me the Kinkajou, the squirrels, Cuore, and sometimes Carlo! I also sweep the center and wash all the windows, but that’s boring so you don’t care about that!

Jamie and Randi; Randi just passed away a few days ago 😦


Corey the sloth


sloths & monkeys!

If these photos don’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will… This is pretty much a photo dump, I will put together a more informative post next week.


our first day was so awesome, i’m already posting about it

Well, day 1 is over and it was more fun and exciting than I ever imagined.

We started off by walking from our hotel to the center, thinking it was only 3kms. 50min later we strolled in… kinda hot and kinda tired :s

Anyway, we then began orientation; this consisted of a 1-hr tour to show us the ropes, followed by a 1-hr tour with the tourist groups. Once those were over, we took lunch… after lunch, we were assigned our first ask: lift the palm fronds up on the roof and look for giant grasshoppers and cockroaches. Um… not fun. It took quite a while, but Jamie was surprisingly good at it. Yay Jamie.

Next we were assigned to help other volunteers finish their tasks. I really, I mean really, assumed we’d be lackeys and just cleaning up poop. Nope. Not at all. While Jamie went to go get the monkeys from their daily ranforest/jungle playtime, the other new female volunteer and I were assigned to sloth duty! this meant one on one time (no cuddling though – they bite and scratch) time with the sloths! We were introduced to everyone, and fed them leaves. It was awesome. Then, I took out the possum with a healed broken leg to eat and go for a walk. THis meant watching him chew and chew and chew and chew and chew aaaand chew a dead mouse; follow by a walk (teasing him with his blankie to make him walk); and finally putting him about 3′ up in a little bush and making him climb down. The goal is to release every animal…hopefully the little possum only has a short stay!

While I was off with the sloths, possum, porcupine, agouti, and kinkajou… Jamie was with the monkeys. He borugh them backfrom the jungle, and then had to shovel poop. Ha-ha. But he was then rewarded with playtime and bottle feeding the monkeys… Absolutely adorable. I must note – apparently women are not allowed in the monkey cage anytime a female monkey is in there – this means I probably won’t have much time with the monkeys at all. That is totally ok. I get to play with sloths!



we’re here!

we made it to puerto viejo! not without some exciting adventures though…

we got up at 3:00am on Saturday morning to get to the airport for 4:55am. Did you know they won’t let you into customs any earlier than 2 hours before your flight? this caused a lovely bottleneck… and it took us almost 90mins to check in, go through customs, and go through security. whew – what a cluster.

we arrived at Dallas Fort Worth airport 4 hours later. normally, i wouldn’t include this part of the journey, but… jamie and i sat down to have a coffee, and we were talking about books to read on the trip. he said, “hey, i have something for you to read!” here I am thinking, “Oh, great, what does Jamie have up his sleeve *this* time?”   He pulled a small booklet out of his camera bag. I thought he was making me read his Nikon DSLR manual and I was pissed. Then I read the cover, and it was for a Sony Cybershot RX100. Which is weird, because Jamie and I both have Nikon’s.

And then it clicked.


ANyway, this camera is frickin amazing so I started playing around with it. I took a lot of photos… including a lot of the back of the seat in front of me in the airplane (so I could test it taking a shaded and lit image) – but I chose to delete those 😉



K-Country: Ptarmigan Cirque & Galatea

On the long weekend, hubby, Paula, and I ventured out into K-Country for a couple “easy” hikes. First we tackled the nice little 5k Ptarmigan Cirque loop – primarily to try and see little Pika’s amongst the rocks. Then hubby wanted to check out Galatea – apparently a flat, mild hike – just to get more out of our K-Country trip. So, we grabbed a banana for each of for a snack along the way and off we went.

20km and 2800ft elevation gain later…

5 peaks # 4 – Nakiska/Delta

Well, I completed my last 5 peaks race on Aug 18… I actually end up missing the 5th race on Sep 29 as we will be in Costa Rica.

The Nakiska/Delta course was a great track – for me as a novice/beginner runner 🙂 A lot of flat, and a giant ~2km downhill in the middle. Which was great because I showed up that morning thinking it was 12km – which was tough enough to accept – when I suddenly learned it was 14km. Deer in the headlights ensued.

I made it. I finished 64th. . . Out of 65!  It was a blast, and I am very happy that I pushed myself to “go big or go home”… What a way to end a season 🙂

And now I am starting a brand  new training regime.  I felt like I haven’t been able to make any improvements in my running for a couple years… so I’m obviously not doing this right.   I have a lot of work ahead of me to get stronger & faster for next season!  I’ve started training with Stenia Health & Performance. One of the first things they did was recorded me running. I have some, uh, room for improvement.

Wish me luck!

'Nuff said...

finally, an update on what the bussey’s have been up to…

best. summer. ever.

i have been truckin’ along getting into my trail running groove, towing hubby along, happily, to my weekly training runs with john, paula, jody, christine, carol… on saturday morning (aug 18), i will embark on my final 5 peaks race: nakiska/delta, 12km. i know i can “muscle through it” – and i fully expect to want to die. this is totally ok with me. it’s my last one. go big or go home, right?

hubby has also been causin’ trouble on the trails. the week of july 23, he and his buddy discussed the bussey’s doing the canadian death race in 2013. on thursday, july 25, the north face’s 2012 death race team announced they needed runners due to injuries/sickness. on aug 3, we drove to grand cache. amazingness ensued: