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Beachcombing Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Caribbean Shells, Eleuthera Bahamas seashells, Eleuthera Island, Eleuthera Shells, The Bahamas, World shelling | 15 comments

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After our shelling trip last week to the beautiful island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, I’m gonna rename it “Shelleuthera”!

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In a week’s time, we explored probably 20 beaches or more … finding everything from SEA GLASS, to POTTERY SHARDS, to SEA BEANS, to SEA URCHINS and SEA BISCUITS, to CORAL and of course SEA SHELLS.

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Each beach being so unique with it’s own little treasure hunt for us.

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Clark and I were excited to have expert beach combing friends with us to make this an even more fun adventure… Lee and Susan (who we visited to shell with in Guantanamo Bay Cuba ) and long time friends John and Jane (Abaco Islands, Cat Island and Turks and Caicos) With this group, of course we found shells!

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Beach combing is the favorite thing to do for all six of us so it’s very cool to find friends that get excited when walking the beach to find a KING HELMET, HAWKWING, SEA BISCUIT and a little empty “ROLLER” like these.

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But shelling was just half of the fun. We had an adventure getting to the island as well!

When we go on vacation, Clark normally does the research to find the best way to fly to our destination. This time he found Aztec Airways with a straight flight from Fort Lauderdale to Governors Harbor, Eleuthera at basically the same price as the other airlines. Nice flight, Pilot Don!

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But on this airline we felt like rock stars! hahaha We checked in at the “executive airport”, had the whole plane to ourselves and…  OMG I was the co-pilot. It was So. Much. Fun.

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We arrived in style to beautiful turquoise water, blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Wow. Its dreamy! This was the view looking out from the porch of our rental house Hamilton House on Windermere Island.

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We rented a perfect 4 bedroom house each having our own bathroom and sooooo many windows to look out at that beautiful water. And as you can see we had 3 fabshellous porches to wash and dry our shell-loot every day. Uhhh…. yea, I know…. we’re a little messy so if you want to see any of the photos inside the wonderful house CLICK HERE. But I’m sure you completely understand what happens if you’re a sheller. We’ve got “stuff” everywhere! Not only our beach combing stuff but John cleans up the beach every morning by bringing home piles of washed up rope, wood and huge buoys (great bling- ha). We love that and we loved the house since it had so much room for all of us.

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Then we were off to find shell-loot like this amazing TUN SHELL and TRUE TULIP Lee found one day.

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We explored miles and miles of beaches from the north west Glass Window Bridge to the south point of Cape Eleuthera. Our favorite beaches for finding shells were on the west side at Tarpum Bay, James Cistern, Millars Beach (or is it Miller’s? E or A? We couldnt figure it out haha) and Cape Eleuthera (near the restaurant). Every day the six of us hopped in this 7 seater SUV from Big Daddy Rental Cars to take us on a crazy adventure to explore this gorgeous island one beach at a time.big-daddy-car-rental-eleuthera

 

We not only found gifts from the sea, we found memories of a lifetime.

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We would have never have found most of these beaches, shells and memories if it hadn’t been for the big hearted Texas sisters Lisa, Sunnye and Suzanne who have talked to us about shelling in Eleuthera for years. I originally met them during Shellabaloo 5 and our paths have since crossed so many times. The last time was at the 2016 Sanibel Shell Festival where they displayed exhibits of their winning shell finds from Eleuthera. From that day, Eleuthera has been on our bucket list. I’m feeling so grateful for these gals who gave us so much information and suggested we buy The Beach Book: Eleuthera, Bahamas Edition . It displays photos, detail and directions to each beach on the island. Oh yea- seriously its amazing.

 

I’m feeling so much gratitude for such lovely friends, our gracious hosts on Eleuthera and for so many of you who sent such beautiful notes on my last post. My heart is full today. Thank you.

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PS-  I hope to take some more detailed photos of our shells for my next post to give you ideas on which shells and bling we found on which fave beach.

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Happiness On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Bald Eagles, Birds, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 25 comments

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We saw a LETTERED OLIVE “garden” on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling boating adventure with Captiva Cruises

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It took a little walk to the north of our boat to find this massive mound of seashells but… Wow! There it was…. a big fat beautiful pile of treasures washed up on the beach.

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Quite a few OLIVES were rolling around in the water as well.

An Olive! And another one…. and another one… and another one 🐚🌊 @captivacruises

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And a WENTLETRAP!

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So much fun to experience this shell hunt with folks that feel the same way about shelling as I do…

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And sharing shells and experiences…

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Always makes me happy to spend time with great friends…

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And to catch special appearances of wildlife like this pair of BALD EAGLES as we passed North Captiva island on the way back to McCarthy’s Marina. Thanks to captains John and Elliot for getting our boat close enough to see these majestic creatures.

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And thank you to all of these amazing shellers!

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PS- My apologies to these awesome folks for this delayed post (before Thanksgiving)… as this was a very bitter sweet day for Clark and me. After only 3 years of age, we lost our sweet, smart, funny, entertaining, amazing little PuppyCat to kidney issues this same day. I’m grateful to each and every person on this cruise which gave me laughter and much needed heartfelt happiness helping me more than you can imagine.

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Especially to Kaitlyn….

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Island Beach Combing Treats and Treasures

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 10 comments

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It took a great deal of patience not to immediately pounce on this LETTERED OLIVE, FIGHTING CONCH and 2 pieces of gorgeous CORAL but instead take the time to get a photo before a wave washed them away.  Same goes for this FLORDA CONE…cone-shell-on-the-beach-1

Heehee … but I did it to show you that sometimes the whole shells are hiding near broken bits of shell crush so they are harder to find. I spotted these shells on our iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises after we pulled up to this gorgeous island of Big Hickory last week.

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The Gulf Of Mexico was calm, clear and dotted with shells along the shore.

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But the best part of our trip was…. awesome shellers!

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Finding awesome treasures!

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…. And beach bling!

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We were even treated to a DOLPHIN “show”. They followed our boat for so long and were so playful long side us, I think they wanted to hang out with us and see what kinds of shells we found.

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It was a marvelous day surrounded with fabshellous folks. Thank yall for joining me!

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Lets get together for a shelling day! Check out my upcoming dates… CLICK HERE 

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