Clark and I boarded Captiva Cruises 45′ pontoon boat “Playtime” out of McCarthy’s Marina this afternoon along with 24 of our bundled and layered up friends for a sunset cocktail cruise. It was still really chilly (I feel bad calling it “cold” when I know others are fighting the snow) but every layer of clothing was worth putting on to see this Captiva sunset. The sunset was gorgeous, the gulls were soaring, the dolphins were jumping and after the sky was ablaze with oranges and pinks on the western horizon, the brilliant full moon was rising on the eastern horizon. Sooooo awesome!! Thank you Weiners, Dales and Millers for an evening to remember.
PS- Captiva Cruises is also known for their shelling cruises to Cayo Costa and North Captiva Island…..2 of our favorite shelling spots. Cayo Costa is great for finding SAND DOLLARS and NORTH CAPTIVA has been our best place for finding WORM SHELLS.
Sunset at Redfish Pass
If you look closely enough.....a dolphin's fin
Blazing Captiva Sunset
Moon Rise over Pine Island Sound
Blind Pass new beach on the left side of the jetty
Blind Pass new beach
A new beach on the left side of the jetty on the Captiva side of Blind Pass is building. The whole pass looks like it is filling up again…..ugh. It was just dredged and re-opened in September but Mother Nature doesn’t seem like she liked that too much. Maybe she’ll throw some good shells around there in a few days to make up for it. Anyway, we can walk on that side again to check out the new wash line and when the wind dies down we’ll be able to check out how far the sand bar goes out.
Clark and I went on a boat parade today for the Captiva Island Yacht Club “1st Annual Fleet Review”. It was chilly and rainy but it was fun to spend time with our friends Mike and Alex who invited us on their boat with a covered cabin that we all crowded in to hide from the wind and rain. After we got back to their warm, safe, dry, comfortable house Alex showed me her shell mirror that she had been working on last month.
Alex's Shell Mirror
The weather hasn’t been great so she found the perfect project…a shell mirror. I gave her a few pointers when she first started so seeing the finished product was very exciting. She did a fantastic job! This is her first one and it looks so professional! I love it!
Close up of Alex's mirror
Michael and Alex
CIYC Fleet Viewing Barge (with Bagpipes!)
“I hope you’ll remind people (often) not to leave their lovely sand art standing when turtle season starts. It is terrible how many prospective mamas are turned away and how many babies are lost because they run into someone’s ‘fun’ obstacle!” Thank you, Gail, for this reminder.
Sea turtle nesting season is from May until October so get your shell sculpture creativity in now so that we don’t upset the sea turtle nesting this summer. Like Gail said, sculptures are fun to look at but it will be an obstacle when May rolls around.
Baby Sea Turtle
I was a turtle tracker a few years ago with my friend Lisa and found a baby turtle in a big sand pit on the beach. The baby turtle had been making his way to the water but got a little off track when he fell into this pit. He couldn’t get out since the sides were so steep but he moved his flippers just enough to catch my eye. We called our contact person at SCCF to make sure to follow protocol to rescue this little cutie and I was so happy to get the a-okay to pick him up and release him at the edge of the gulf. Yeah! We rescued him and watched him swim away with all his might.
The 73rd Sanibel Shell Fair and Show is next week March 4, 5 and 6. I am especially excited since I am a judge for the artistic exhibits including the shell mirrors and sailor’s valentines. I hope to be blogging from the show and sending lots of pictures.
Hope and Lilly
I’m really looking forward to seeing some really good shells since I didn’t see much today in Captiva. Hope and Lily had much better luck than I did. At least they get to take home this beautiful LETTERED OLIVE that was found on the beach in front of The Mucky Duck today. Hope told me that they found a much bigger shell the other day so I might be posting a picture of that soon.
Casa Ybel Resort's Shell cleaning station
How come I never saw this at Casa Ybel Resort before??? It’s not like it’s new! I guess I always walk out to the beach from the pool bar (after listening to Danny Morgan). Any way, it’s pretty convenient to clean your shells up there instead of the kitchen sink.
More Beach Art
There are lots of JINGLE SHELLS on the beach in front of Casa Ybel Resort right now. JINGLES have an iridescent shimmer and some times just look like a worn CLAM or SCALLOP shell. They are beautiful if you have lots of them together displayed in a glass jar or bowl. I’m partial to the bright orange ones….I think I just love any shell that color!
Jar of Jingles