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Warm, Colorful Shells on A Sunny Beach

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Bean, Sea Pearl, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 8 comments

As I hear about the terrible winter storms north of Florida, I feel a wheeee bit embarrassed to be complaining about the chilly weather of 54 degrees here on Sanibel Island that swept through yesterday. So before I get out my big down coat and boots with wool socks to head to the beach, I’m hoping if I post the photos I took earlier in the week from our iLoveShelling trip to Big Hickory (when we were still in bathing suits, shorts and tee shirts), it’ll warm us all up a tad.

There were warm, colorful shells strewn all over the bright sunny beach. ;)

Our group was able to wade in the Gulf Of Mexico without a care in the world.

And find ALPHABET CONES, LACE MUREXES, LETTERED OLIVES and FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCHS.


I met awesome families with rosy sun-kissed cheeks finding buckets of shells.

GAUDY NATICAS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES and NUTMEGS.

Wow…. and more ALPHABET CONES!

So many shellers with their ALPHIE eyes on!

It was such a pleasure to spend such a gorgeous day hanging out with so many cool shellers.

SEA PEARLS, DRIFTWOOD and WORM SHELLS…. I absolutely loooooove these beach treasures.

JUNONIA Sue (from my last post) and friends were with us!

Thank y’all for coming out and enjoying the day with me.

A day of beach combing always warms the heart…. and hopefully helps give a little warmth even if it’s virtual shelling. Stay safe, y’all!

I’ll let ya know what these high winds from this winter storm washes up on our beaches soon. The waves are entirely too rough right now but the anticipation… always exciting! :)

PS- I’m trying to work out some new dates for the next few months so once I get everything worked out, I’ll post them on the Shelling Trips page HERE. Hopefully soon!

 

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Best Gifts From The Sea

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa | 24 comments

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For me, the best gifts seem to come with an experience like beach combing. With an assortment of shells and bling at the end of the day, it reminds me of my entire walk on the beach hearing the ocean splash on the sand while scanning the beach for different shells.

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When I see kids getting excited about finding treasures, it reminds me of my first beach finds.

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I got to share the excitement of amazing gifts of the sea on a shell filled beach last week on Cayo Costa with our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises.

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The beach was loaded with LETTERED OLIVES, WHELKS and CONCHS (and SUNRAY VENUS and CALICO CLAMS) but I also found an ALBINO FLORID PRICKLY COCKLE (with a red COQUINA inside) and a ROSY WOLF SNAIL (bottom shell in my hand).

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We found a huge live LIGHTNING WHELK too then quickly placed it back in the water.

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My favorite part of this trip was to meet awesome people that love shelling as much as I do.

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Thank you for such a nice day and for your gifts as well :).

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And thank you for sharing your artful eye ;) ….

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Everybody received not only shells but as on every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received another gift…

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It was a joyous day.

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I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful holiday as much as we are. I’ve been a little occupied with family of course during this season…. and also celebrating a new family member. This was the best gift Clark and I could have asked for. Meet our new rescue kitten Prince Harry (he’s a “hairy” red head, very charming and a little bit of a bad boy heehee) aka Cat 5 (short for CATegory 5 HarryCain- because he’s our 5th cat together and his adopted name was Cain  hahaha). Our 15 year old Dustie (DustBall) loves him already too. I have to admit…. he’s so stinkin’ cute, it’s hard to do anything else but play with him.

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Shelling Worth Every Sand Dollar

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 7 comments

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A day on the water is always a special day but if you can believe it… boating to Big Hickory Island in Bonita finding lots of seashells is even more special.

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There were shells everywhere on the beach.

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There were lots of shells snorkeling in the water too.

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Omigosh- And the CONES and GAUDY NATICAS!

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Our boating day on Sight Sea-R Cruises was awesome… worth every “dollar”…

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Join me on a day trip from Sanibel with a boating day to a secluded island to go shelling together CLICK HERE

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PS- Just in case you didn’t get a chance to see who won the giveaway yesterday… CLICK HERE for details.

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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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Big Time with Big Fabshellous Bunch

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Albino Shells, Big Hickory Island, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Fossil, Shark's Teeth, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 5 comments

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Big time fun at Big Hickory Island with this big bunch of fabshellous folks!

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Our boat with Sight Sea-R Cruises took us to this amazing island with clear blue water, lots of sunshine…

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And seashells to find on the beach.

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And treasures to find in the water.

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I’m a little delayed in posting, but this was last week on Halloween day. Cutie trick or treaters found lots of seashell treats.

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That’s an amazing ALBINO LACE MUREX along side those 2 FLORIDA CONES, huge BABYS EAR and sweet striped SUNRAY VENUS. Fantastic finds!

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I couldn’t believe I even found a fossil SHARK’S TOOTH.

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Every time I’m on this cruise, I’m thrilled to meet and see shellers find such exquisite gems. I look so forward to these trips!

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Did ya see the awesome post about this shelling cruise written by Robin Draper of Authentic Florida? Her Authentic Florida blog is devoted to giving us the best info on everything cool thing in Florida and I’m honored she came on this boating trip with us. Check out her article… http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/where-to-go/find-florida-shells-with-a-shellebrity/

And check out her blog…

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Thank you Robin for all you do give us a peek at all the hidden gems of Florida. And you’re so dang cute and fun!

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Join me on a beach combing adventure! CLICK HERE

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