Lu, Mac, Deb and I joined a conservation tour trip out to witness female Olive Ridleys coming to shore to their place of birth and dig their nest, and lay their eggs. It was a late night: vivid stars, shooting stars, Milky Way. The Nicaraguan military protect these beaches from poachers with armed personnel on the beach throughout the night. Eggs are extremely valuable on the black market. Costa Rica, which has no standing military, a whole separate topic, relies on volunteers to patrol nesting beaches. The group we joined was very controlled and monitored. We probably saw 10-12 turtles in some stage of laying their eggs. We left at midnight and the arrivals of turtles seemed to just get started. We named one of the turtles Mirtle. It was amazing to witness the female head from or back to the ocean. Our group was small – mostly French and American – two other families in addition to ours. This species of turtle has been engaged in this annual nesting process for 185 million years. The females return to the exact beach where they were born. One in a 1000 hatchlings make it to adulthood. As a family, this was a fabulous evening. Personally, this experience fulfills a lifetime dream.