Archive for Day Trips & More
Our Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo Costa was certainly a beautiful, calm day for ANGELS to appear.
Sunnye (from Shellabaloo 5!) found a whole handful of beautiful ANGEL WING seashells.
We were finding most of our ANGEL WINGS with both halves still attached and packed with mud. Shellzam!
All it took was less than a minute after I showed Bob from Ohio how to spot ANGEL WINGS in the water… then he had the “ANGEL eye”.
As he was finding a few more for himself, he helped some of the other shellers to find some on their own. What an angel!
So much fun to meet Carrie (my Instagram buddy!) and Joe from Seattle who joined us on our iLoveshelling cruise too…
They found awesome purple SEA URCHINS and a huge BABYS EAR.
Cindy (from Ma) found a really cool IMPERIAL VENUS. To me, its a really rare find in SW Florida since I don’t see them often at all.
Crystal and Wayne from St Louis found SAND DOLLARS and ANGEL WINGS too.
As soon as we stepped back on the boat, Crystal and Wayne gave their SAND DOLLARS to Nanda and Rodereque who were visiting from The Netherlands (Holland!) and their 2 kids Fass and Loet. Angels!
It was such a beautiful day to meet and shell with such good folks like Dotty and Ron from Indiana.
Carrie from WI noticed this live STARFISH looked a little different…
This SEA STAR had his belly full of BIVALVES… that’s why he looked so swollen. Whoa!
Gail Carr was happy we had warm beautiful weather this trip- she joined us February 2013 during 44 degrees- what a difference! This time she spotted this live LIGHTNING WHELK during high 70 degree weather…. ahhhh
Admiring this beautiful live WHELK alongside Gail was another very special guest on our cruise… my friend Melissa Congress from Sealife By Congress. Of course she loves shelling too.
Talk about an angel… Melissa and her husband Scot are the generous folks that give everybody on our iLoveShelling cruises $25 gift certificates to their store- it’s spectacsheller!
Thank you Melissa for your generosity to our shelling community.
Ahem… and speaking of jewelry…. did you notice my new seashell bracelet in the first photo with my ANGEL WINGS? My birthday was this week- woo hoo- and what a present! My gorgeous sterling silver bracelet is from – yes, you guessed it…. Sealife By Congress. Happy dance!
It was a really great day to shellebrate with ANGELS and DOLPHINS dancing around our boat…
To top it all off… when our Captiva Cruises boat got back to the dock at McCarthy’s Marina, Crystal said she had something to show me. Holy HORSE CONCH! Crystal found this HUUUUGE and incredishell HORSE CONCH at Bowman’s Beach just before our cruise. That’s an amazing find to say the least…. its a monster! Congratshellations, Crystal!
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Any time we combine shells…
with low tide…
with a beautiful uninhabited beach…
with awesome shellers on an iLoveShelling cruise with Sight Sea-R Cruises… it’s a blast!
Along with our Shellabaloo folks I introduced you to on my last post, it was so much fun for everybody on our cruise on Wednesday who was anywhere around Stana from Illinois to see her overwhelmed excitement when she found a huge empty LIGHTNING WHELK after arriving on Big Hickory Island. It was so much fun to meet you and to see your enthusiasm. We talked about how to clean a shell like that but to make it easier, here is the link for the tutorial I told you about… CLICK HERE. Congratshellations Stana!
It was also such a treat to have seasoned shellers Peg, Dave (Ohio), Karen and Warren (Sanibel) on our shelling trip…
These are just a few of their fave shells they found.
Mary and Amy (Ohio) were on an ANGEL WING hunt…
I’d say they were very successful, wouldn’t you?
Ahhhh… it was such a pleasure to meet cutie shellootie family Diana, Charles, Steve and Katey (from Ohio as well- hmmmm-lots of shellers from Ohio)
Their family CONE count was at 7 but I think Charles found most of them- he definitely has a great shellers eye!
Look who else joined us! Shelling Sister Muriel with her husband Ted. They both warm my heart.
Muriel loves those JINGLE SHELLS about as much as I do.
Some of you might know “r.g. stein” from some of his comments here on iLoveShelling.com… he was on our shell trip too. It was so edshellcational for some of the other shellers to see this huge live HORSE CONCH he found in the water. He shared the sight then placed it gently back in the water where he found it. Thanks for your gifts r.g..
Visiting from Iowa, Brent and Pam (you can imagine why I’m a little partial to her- heehee) displayed their shells on a blue jacket so they look like gorgeous jewelry on velvet. Love your shellicious sea gems! Their shells are the ones in the featured first photo.
Sweet Lynn from Tennessee was happy to collect a BABY’S EAR shell on the trip.
Mindy and Nancy (Pennsylvania) had so much to share on the trip and also got so much in return… look at that bag-o-shells!
It’s always fun to see the different types of shells that different people see and collect.
It was such a fun and successful shelling trip on the Sight Sight-R with many treasures…
With spectacsheller people and shellicious sea gems.
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Shellzam! It may have been a little chilly this week for Florida weather (in the 50’s) but we sure like it when this kind of weather brings in the shells.
Oh yay, baby! These were all found while on our shelling trip with Sight Sea-R cruises on Wednesday.
We found a mound of shells!
There were ALPHABET CONES, SAND DOLLARS, NUTMEGS, WHELKS, TURKEY WINGS and a few treasured ROSE PETAL TELLINS…
To SHARKS EYES, OLIVES and CONCHS…
Even WORMIES and CANDY! See that itty bitty orange HORSIE hidden in the other shells?
We were all having a very merry time on our exshellent shelliday cruise.
The ride to the island on the back bay was absolutely gorgeous but even better arriving at low tide to shell the sand flats.
And this is so cool… Toni (PA) found 2 huge live LIGHTNING WHELKS.
They were only about a foot away from each other on the water’s edge so after she shared this amazing sight with everybody and a few photo ops she put them back where she found them to go about doing whatever it was they were doing when she found them. Fingers crossed they will breed!
Here’s Toni with her friends Jan, Dottie, (Toni) and Lois just after they put the WHELKS back in the water. Very
Russ and … oh wait… you’re gonna love this as much as I did…. Russ’s wife’s name is Shelley (I want that name! haha). But the funniest thing is- they are from Coralville. Shelley from Coralville finding shells and coral on a shelly beach on an iLoveShelling shelling trip .
From Kentucky… Steve and Trina found those SAND DOLLARS with the LACIE and ALPHIE in the 3rd photo from the top.
Visiting from Indiana, Jennifer and Brian were the spectacsheller shellers that found that huge ALPHIE in the first photo. And even more amazing finds that I didn’t even show!
Visiting all the way from Germany, Dina and Ergin had the eye for WORM SHELLS and SHARKS EYES. They were thrilled! But…. please forgive me y’all if I misspelled your names- I lost my notes and some of my photos some how amongst all the shellebrating. Ack! (Update: Oh gosh- Thank you Dina for the correction. I was sooo close…. y’all are hard to forget since we had so much fun :))
We also had a very special family visiting from Oregon… Nicole, Jesse, Dennis and little cutie pie Super Sheller Sophie. And Dennis found a SCOTCH BONNET! I have some awesome photos of their shells but I’d like to show you their shells in my next post since I saw them earlier in the week on the beach too. Love them!
And look who else was on our trip! Sisters Marie and Martha from our Shellabaloo 3 September 2013- It was so much fun seeing you both again! You always make me smile.
Speaking of Shellabaloo, we now have a few spots open for our Shellabaloo Exshellaganza January 5-8. This would be the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite sheller! CLICK HERE for info and to reserve your spot- it’s gonna be a blast!
If you can’t join us for Shellabaloo, then join us for our next iLoveShelling Sight Sea-R shelling cruise January 7, 2015… but you better hurry- there’s only a few more seats available. Get on the conch horn and join us for one of these shellucky trips!
CLICK HERE for all of our dates, times and info to join for some special shellowship.