Note: I never write/share on social about my travel when I’m doing it. This is already in the past.
This morning via “MUSA,” an elegant new eco-minded retreat in Mexico, we attended a turtle sanctuary “hatching.”
Now I’ve been at ones in the past that were tourist traps; bad for the baby turtles, just a way for a seaside establishment to make money off of folks wanting to take photos and videos, like these, of cute baby turtles. Unfortunately the baby turtles are not sometimes not well-treated, they struggle to get to the sea through impenetrably sloping buckets for hours in the heat, without water or sustenance, buried deep while alive on top of one another.
This one was different. But without enough funding or organization. Balthazar and Freddy, hermanos, translated through Michelle (with assists from Larissa) ^ told us that without #MUSA they could not afford gas to get tourists to the sanctuary.
They can only patrol one long section of the beach, rescuing baby turtles from prey (dogs, humans) from 1 – 3 am. They could do more with support. Their vehicles have cracked tires (we paid for at least two new tires today).
If you are inspired to give, I have interviewed them & others independent of them ab their intention & integrity & folks say they just need help. The pandemic crushed their volunteer support. If you are inspired to give, venmo me (so I can donate directly, they have no web site) say $10-$108 (or more, if you’re feeling this world needs some kind generosity & you’ve had one too many americanos/glasses of wine) to @waylon-lewis (make sure it’s a yellow bio pic w & Redford) on venmo. Cell is 303 324 6120 if you need to verify.
We return to our housesitter & Redford in a few days, & I hope to have some community love $ to give to them before then. If you have something to give, this feels helpful. These two are the real thing; just overmatched & underfunded. If you like DM me that you’ve given, & I will thank you directly & confirm. Before we leave I will get a photo of them/their daughter w/the total given & your names (unless you DM me at @waylonlewis to be anon.) on a piece of paper & I’ll share it here via an update.