Archive for Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More
My favorite days seem to be whenever I’m on the water… especially any day on the water when DOLPHINS are playing.
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!
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.
Explorers Kelby, Kiley and Sadie from Wyoming found beautiful OLIVES and FIGHTING CONCHS in the water.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Hey Dylan! Happy Birthday to you too! It was fun to shellebrate with you, Deanna and your family on such a pretty day.
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.
It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!
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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on Big Hickory Island today on Sight Sea-r Cruises to enjoy the calm clear water and collect a few shells.
Local girls Diane and Kristin from Naples found some shells and a SAND DOLLAR within a few minutes of hitting the beach.
Matthew and Judi shelled the water’s edge to find a few keepers. I wish I had gotten a better picture of them… they were on the Sight Sea-R “Maiden Voyage” last year and I recognized them right away. So good to see again!
Cathy from Illinois was a joy to be around…
It was such a pleasure to meet Sara and Brigget (TN) and talk a bit while Brigget showed me her awesome ALPHABET CONE she found in the water.
Their friend Judi kept us in stitches as she propped her “Flo The Photo Bomber” on her shoulder as soon as the camera came out. Too funny!
Nisse, Lynne, Scott and Brett were extremely happy to have found 4 ALPHABET CONES!
Brett found 3 out of the 4 ALPHIES and a FLORIDA CONE as well! This is just some of the their favorites.
The Texas cousins are baaaaack. They were on that “Maiden Voyage” too and this time decked out in bright fun colors. So good to see you again too Peggy, Pam, Debby and Pat!
And so happy y’all found some fabulous shells again too. Look at those ROSE PETAL TELLINS and GAUDY NATICAS!
Anne and Debbie found some great loot too.
Look at these beautiful shells! Spectacsheller.
One my favorite things to see… happy families enjoying the beach together. Gus, Summer, Noah, Kerri, Faith and Correy (from Palm Harbor) are shell crazy but Kerri was thrilled to have found her first 3 SEA PEARLS. Congrats!
Gary and Debi (from my old stomping grounds in Va Beach) found SAND DOLLARS too and it was so muc fun to hang out and talk about my old “hood”.
I loved our entire time hanging out with such a fun group of shellers like Ann from MO… and such a stunning and stylish group too.
As with every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received a $25 gift certificate to Sealife By Congress at Congress Jewelers on Sanibel. They are so generous!
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PS- I still have lots of photos and info to share with you from our shelling trip to Okinawa Japan- so stay tuned.
My mind is blown by how many spectacsheller SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS cover the beach on Jupiter Island, Florida.
This is a “Throw Back Thursday” since I never posted this trip my good friend Diane and I took from Sanibel over to the east coast of Florida in January to visit some other girlfriends- Girls Getaway! We couldn’t stay for very long so we packed in everything we could… including an hour on the beach for shelling. Of course.
We hit the mother load of SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS at Blowing Rocks Preserve which has beautiful rock formations exposed from ocean currents depositing drifting sea shells and sand to form an underwater bar of COQUINA LIMESTONE about 125,000 years ago. This is the largest rock formation of the Anastasia Formation from St Augustine to southern Palm Beach County.
We mostly found the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEETS around the rocks but I did find a big ol’ LIONS PAW frag too (which I kept- heehee).
Along with the gorgeous view, the excellent company and a beautiful day, I found so many treasures on the beach to remember this quick girls getaway trip forever.
PS- Just so you can see the difference between the SPECTRAL BITTERSWEET (left- we’ve only found 2 on Sanibel that I can recall), the COMB BITTERSWEET (we find lots of them on Cayo Costa and Big Hickory) and the GIANT BITTERSWEET (on the right and one of my faves in SW Florida)… here’s the 3 BITTERSWEETS lined up together.
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PS- And we visited a SEA TURTLE rehabilitation center too- so cool…