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We Passed Lots-a-Shells at Pass-a-Grille Beach

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fargo Worm Shell, Florida, King's Crown, Lightning Whelk, Pass-A-Grille Florida, Roseate Spoonbill, St Petersburg, Sunray Venus, Whelk, Worm Shell | 29 comments

Shells found Pass A Grille St Pete Beach Florida

Shell trip! Clark and I took a beach combing road trip from Sanibel Island to Pass-A-Grille over the weekend …  and had blast finding lots of shells. We found all of the shells in this next photo as we walked from our hotel Inn On The Beach, down to the south tip of the island at jetty rocks to the Pass-a-Grill North Channel.

sea shells on Pass-A-Grille beach St Pete Florida

It was like an OLIVE garden just at the water’s edge but we even found some of my faves….  WORMIES.

worm shells pass-a-grille beach florida

There were lots of shells to pick through on the gorgeous beach as well…

Beach combing Pass-a-Grille
I was tickled to find a teeny tiny BROWN-BANDED WENTLETRAP hiding in the mix.

brown banded wentletrap

There is an island right across the channel from the jetty rocks called “Shell Island”.  What? Shell Island? Of course we had to explore it! There are ferries to take people over to the island but since we wanted to spend all day on the water, we rented a boat. Look at the color of the fabshellous LIGHTNING WHELKS we found. Gorgeous!

Dark lightning whelks Shell Key Florida

We actually had more luck on the back flats of Shell Island instead of the beach on the Gulf Of Mexico side. There were lots of those empty LIGHTNING WHELKS, oodles of double SUNRAY VENUS shells and some really funny live KINGS CROWNS scooting all along shallow waters so I did a little time lapse video of one of them to show you. Ha! Groovy KING CROWN dance moves coming up….

So in between the KINGS CROWN congo, Clark found one of the prettiest orange colored LIGHTNING WHELKS we’ve ever seen. It is really the color of a carrot!

sharks eye and orange lightning whelk

 

Ok- I took another video too of all of those empty LIGHTNING WHELKS. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

We also boated over to Egmont Key to find a beautiful sandy beach island.

Egmont Key Island Beach Florida

We didn’t find as many shells on Emont Key but we found a couple of ROSEATE SPOONBILL FEATHERS. Ohhhhh such treat to find these pink feathers!

Roseate Spoonbill Feather Egmont Key beach Florida

At the end of the day, we sat our on our lovely porch to admire all of the beautiful colors and patterns of so many different shells we ended up finding.

Shells found staying at beach front hotel Pass A Grille

We had a lovely time shelling and then relaxing in our beautiful room at Inn On The Beach.

Inn On The Beach Hotel room Pass A Grille Florida

Not a bad way to celebrate our 19 year wedding anniversary, huh?

Pam and Clark Rambo with shells

Sunset at Pass a grille St Pete Florida

 

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Oh My, Shells and Manatees at Cayo Costa

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, manatee | 28 comments

Aug 20, 2015 Seashells in shell with wave

We found a huge “Sit ‘N Sift” shell pile on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises yesterday.
Cayo Costa shelling and beach combing

As always, there’s always a lot of sharing shells when awesome shellers get together.

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Every single step through the island was a great exploration while hanging out with new friends.

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While Michelle from Michigan was finding a few shells by snorkeling in the water….

Michelle snorkeling Cayo Costa

Her daughter Mandy found a SUNRAY VENUS.

Mandy MI finds shell on the beach in Florida

Lauren, Aaryn, Elizabeth, Jason and Jordan (Alabama) found lots of SUNRAY VENUSES too.

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They found like 15 double SUNRAY VENUS shells plus a Lauren found a huge empty WHELK that will look beautiful when all cleaned up.

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Cindy, Shelby, Steve and Madi (TX) were so much fun to hang out with.

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Madi found lots of LETTERED OLIVES just at the waters edge. Thanks again Madi for the cute photo on Instagram!

lettered olive shells at cayo costa

The water was so warm and clear Lauren, George and Beth (NY) stayed in the water just about the whole time on the island.

Aug 20, 2015Lauren, George and Beth NY snorkeling Florida
Andrew, Mark and Daniel (NY) felt the same way. Mark told me that the water was still so cold up in Log Island so it’s a treat to be able to play in the warm water of the Gulf Of Mexico.

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The water must be cold in Michigan too because Todd and Michelle were loving the water too. :)

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Martha found a sweet BABYS EAR when she combed the tip of the island…

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Look at that baby…. a baby Baby Ear.

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After I snapped the photo of Marth’s BABY EAR, I waded into the water to check for shells since the water was so clear then saw a big black blob way out in the water… a MANATEE! I started my video to see if I could catch its cute little nose come out of the water…and then it turned for the beach… and head straight for me! And then… I started squealing. OMG so embarrassing that my voice goes into the highest silliest pitch you’ve ever heard. Hahaha You think I was a little excited?

Funny And amazing, huh? So who found those nice shells in the first photo? They were found by Noa and her mom Joann (Utah)… big smiles for a great day.

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And I just had to get a picture of me with cutie shellootie Shelling Sistahs Tanya and Tammy from Texas who showed up in their cutie shelling tee shirts together. Love these girls.

Aug 20, 2015i Love Shelling with Pam Rambo

Like every iLoveShelling cruise,  everybody received a $25 Gift Certificate from Congress Jewelers– Fun day!

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Wildlife and Beach Combing Boat Cruise

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Colorful Moon shell, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 9 comments

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It’s always so much fun to take a boat excursion to another island with a bunch of other shellers that really know how to enjoy the day. Not only did we see MANATEES, DOLPHINS, ROSEATE SPOONBILLS and other really cool wildlife, we had a blast beach combing on our Sight Sea-R boat cruise to Big Hickory Island this week.

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Just hanging out with Gigi and Michele from Melbourne, FL made the day really awesome.

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On the boat ride back, Gigi put all of her favorite shells she found on her yellow sifter to show us. I especially love that perfect FLAT SCALLOP. Wow- nice collection!

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Joanne tickled me with her infectious with her laugh and now I know why she’s so happy. She and James (Toronto, Canada) have quite a shelling eye and have some great luck.

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OMG, Look at the shells and bling they found!

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Barry, Jennifer and Chris had some pretty dang good luck too…

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They found such a variety of cool treasures from SAND DOLLARS, GAUDY NATICAS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES to some very cool ALPHABET CONES.

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It was a PAPER FIG kind of day for Cherie, Joe and Olivia from MD

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Joe showed me 2 of the many PAPER FIGS they found but they also found ANGEL WINGS and PEAR WHELKS.

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Mary and Art (Bradenton, FL) were happy to find a shell they had never found before…

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Mary found her first GAUDY NATICA…

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A perfect SAND DOLLAR washed up right in front of Shari and Shelby from New Mexico.

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This is such a cute size…

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Cutie shellooties Jackson and Emma Grace (GA) were adorable on the beach. Emma Grace found a perfect SAND DOLLAR to0.

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I love to meet families like Miranda Moon, Buddy, Moni and Jeremy from St Louis who are just a passionate and curious about beach combing as I am.

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Miranda Moon knew she had something unusual when she found a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE. Very cool find!

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A happy family is a beautiful family. That sums it up with Savannah, Steve, Foster and Stacy from Texas – happy, beautiful and awesome beach combers!

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Pat and Gary were visiting from the east coast of Florida to do some shelling and enjoy the west coast of Florida. Nice to meet y’all!

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Kari and Ava Dallas are sooooo sweet! After having a great time coming the beaches of Big Hickory with us, Kari and Ava had to head directly to the airport to catch their flight back to Dallas after our shelling adventure. Since they couldn’t take their shelling rake on the plane, she gave it to another sheller on our cruise. Soooo sweet!

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Look who else was on our trip with us… Robin from Shellabaloo 6!  In January I got to spend time with Robin and her mom Bobbie and this time Robin was with her sister Jill visiting from Minnesota. Sorry I missed you his time Bobbie!

Robin Md, Jill form Minn with shells

Everybody found gifts from the sea AND another gift of jewelry as well…. Just as we do on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate from Sealife By Congress in Congress Jewelers. Such a treat!

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Such a fabshellous day.

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Beautiful Boating Excursion to Cayo Costa Island

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 11 comments

Signs of paradise. Seashells, flowers and turquoise water

There’s such beauty surrounding Cayo Costa Island and we saw so much of it on our Captiva Cruises iLoveShelling beach combing adventure yesterday. Sierra from Arizona fit right in with all of the beauty.

Sierra from Arizona beach combing Florida

So did Alesa from Atlanta…

Alesa from Atlanta with Florida beach treasures

So did Alesa’s beach finds. Gorgeous!

Beach treasures finds on shelling trip

Everyone I met … happy and beautiful. Just like Addie, Annie and Ashlee from Kentucky.

Addie, Annie, Ashlee Kentucky visit Florida

Kelcey and Casey from Pennsylvania snorkeled in the beautiful water to find a few treasures.

Kelcey Casey from Pennsylvania snorkel Florida

Even the tree roots made for a beautiful seat for Bonnie from Texas to sort through her beach finds.

Beach combing the islands of Florida

She brought her beautiful family Sandy, Macy, Mason and Brian.

Sandy, Macy, Mason, Brian and Bonnie from Texas beach combing Florida

So much beautiful beach bling…

Florida beach bling finds

Candace, Leslie and her husband from Texas found a few treasures to make them happy.

Candace and Leslie from Texas beach combing Florida

Awwwww. Sweet Wendy. She actually made my day meeting her and talking with her on the beach about our love of shelling. She truly loves everything about the beach (xo).

Wendy from Illinois with autographed sand dollar

On the boat ride back Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth and Peyton from Orlando showed me their fave finds.

Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth, Peyton Orlando shelling cruise

Such beautiful colors…

Florida Beach finds July 2015

Cutie Maya from GA showed us his 2 fave finds … an ATALANTIC GIANT COCKLE and a SOUTHERN QUAHOG.

Maya GA cockle and quahog

Austin and Kathryn had the best beach bling find… a good size fish lure that Austin said will be perfect to catch a Cobia.

Austin Kathryn with beach bling lure find

It was such a pleasure to meet Martha, Linda, Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie and Grace from MO as well. Shellers have the nicest families!

Martha, Linda Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie, Grace MO on shelling cruise

 

Its always a special day when we see MANATEES swim by the shore just feet from the beach. We saw 2 of them!

Gulf Of Mexico Manatee

Each and every beachcomber on iLoveShelling adventures seems to be one big family at the end of the day. I love these days!i Love Shelling beach combing cruise

And to top it off… a few BABYS EARS too…

Baby's ear shell on the shady shelly beach

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A beautiful Boat Ride To a Beautiful Day on the Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 16 comments

beautiful shells found on iLoveShelling shelling trip

These three awesome ALPHABET CONES were found by Shawn and Dawn (Jacksonville) along with so many other incredishell finds on our Sight Sea-R Cruise to Big Hickory Island this week. Shellzam!

Shawn and Dawn Jax find shells and sand dollars

Everybody had smiles on their faces like Stephanie, Sydney, Lyndey and Carley (Mississippi) as soon as the boat pulled up on the beach.

Stephanie, Sydney, Lyndey, Carley MS collecting shells and sand dollars

More smiling faces like Kristin, Kathy and Nathan from Fargo.

Kristin, Kathy and Nathan (Fargo) beachcombing Florida

There were plenty of FARGO WORM SHELLS to take back to Fargo- heehee.

Fargo worm shell in seashell pile on Florida beach

Ken and Abigail (from Dallas) were thrilled to see and learn about the live mollusks like this live LIGHTNING WHELK Abigail found in the water. We snapped this photo then Abigail gently put it back in the water where she found it.

Ken and Abigail Dallas find beautiful shells in Florida

Isabella, John and Carrie from Colorado found another live WHELK too! It is always so much fun to see these gorgeous living creatures for just a second to have such an appreciation for them and learn about them then to return them to their natural habitat.

Isabella, John, Carrie CO collecting shells in Florida

Isabella has been a collector for years so she didn’t take all of the empty shells she found… but she did keep a few of her favorites. I do the same thing Isabella, it was so nice to hang out with you!

Isabella seashells

Its always so nice to gather together a bunch of shellers on these iLoveShelling trips because I get to meet so many nice families like Marsha, Paul, Raymond, Lauren, Gary, Robin and Betty from North Carolina.

Marsha, Paul, Raymond, Lauren, Gary, Robin and Betty NC seashelling Florida

They all found treasures they will forever remember.

Florida sand dollars and alphabet cones

So many beautiful families on our trip. So lovely to talk to Nathan, Chris, Matthew and Sarah (KY).  Happy Birthday Nathan!

Nathan, Chris, Matthew and Sarah KY beachcombing Florida

Look at their beach combing loot! Pretty good birthday, right?

Beach finds on Florida shelling trip

Sarah not only went for the bigger shells, but also enjoys the minis. I always love to see the mini shells- it makes my heart happy. Sweetness.

miniature shells found on shelling trip

The water was so crystal clear, snorkeling was a blast. Cassie and Jolie were like fish!

Cassie and Jolie snorkeling Florida

Local sheller Darla was so happy to find oodles of perfect white shells for shell crafting a frame. Have fun Darla- I love that too!

Darla finds seashells for frame shell crafts

Orange you glad you went on this trip Lisa (TX)? Her whole bag was filled with orange shells! She found orange JINGLES, SLIPPERS, CALICO SCALLOPS, ROUGH SCALLOPS, BAY SCALLOPS, CONCHS, WORM SHELLS and more. Fun!

Lisa TX collecting orange beach finds

Mother daughter shellers Penny and Carolyn (also from Texas) were so much to talk to as well.

Penny, Carolyn TX shelling trip

They found some fabulous shells with such striking patterns.

Florida sea shells from beach combing trip

We saw so much wildlife on the boat ride to the island… MANATEES, DOLPHINS, STINGRAYS and we even passed by a kayaker telling in and catching a REDFISH. So cool!

Kayaker catching a redfish

It was a perfect boat ride to a perfect day on the beach with an awesome group of people.

Florida Angel wing shells with purple railroad vine flower

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Good Day On The Water In SW Florida

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 8 comments

Barnacled shell on the beach

My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.

Captiva Dolphin and shelling cruise

DOLPHINS were surrounding our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to our shelling adventure to Cayo Costa yesterday and I was lucky enough to catch this one’s dance. So cute!

Dolphin jumping next to our boat

When we pulled up to the island, the water was bright turquoise and the beach was beautiful… but seemed a little shell-less. Then Lynn and Bertha from Colorado showed me one of the biggest BABYS EARS I’ve ever seen.

Lynn and Bertha from Colorado visit Sanibel for shells

Oh baby!

Very large Baby's Ear shell

Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.

Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming collect shells in Florida

I met so many awesome families like Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville. Whitney was happy to find a nice size ANGEL WING to add to her collection.

Stacy, Whitney, Windsor and Chris from Jacksonville visit Sanibel

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana found some treasures for their shell bags but Hannah carefully held a SAND DOLLAR that broke in two perfect halves to keep a couple of sweet “Doves” still inside safe and sound.

Sophia, Kate and Hannah from Indiana visit Sanibel

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida found a BABYS EAR as well but I couldn’t keep my eyes off their darling hats. I need to start wearing a big floppy again too- adorable!

Jeanne and Karen from Clearwater Florida collect shells in Cayo Costa

Erin and Maura from New Jersey snorkeled for the first time since the water was so clear but I found out later, Maura is like me… her mask always fogs up so she ends up combing the beaches instead.

Erin and Maura from New Jersey visit Sanibel for shells

Linda from Fort Lauderdale had her whole beautiful family with her -Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach- to shellebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday Linda!

Linda, Abby, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Maria and Zach from Ft Lauderdale visit Captiva

Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.

Deanna and Dylan from Ohio collect Florida shells

With shells!

Shells found on Cayo Costa Island Florida

Jack found the shell of the day! He saw a tiny bit of this big old LIGHTNING WHELK sticking out of the sand and got a little curious so he dug around it. Shellzam! It was a whole empty shell.

Jack holds big crusty whelk

He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.Alex and Jack find shells on Florida beach

It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!

Shell tree Cayo Costa

 

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