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.
It was like an OLIVE garden just at the water’s edge but we even found some of my faves…. WORMIES.
There were lots of shells to pick through on the gorgeous beach as well…
I was tickled to find a teeny tiny BROWN-BANDED WENTLETRAP hiding in the mix.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
We had a lovely time shelling and then relaxing in our beautiful room at Inn On The Beach.
Not a bad way to celebrate our 19 year wedding anniversary, huh?
We found a huge “Sit ‘N Sift” shell pile on Cayo Costa during our iLoveShelling shelling adventure with Captiva Cruises yesterday.
As always, there’s always a lot of sharing shells when awesome shellers get together.
Every single step through the island was a great exploration while hanging out with new friends.
While Michelle from Michigan was finding a few shells by snorkeling in the water….
Her daughter Mandy found a SUNRAY VENUS.
Lauren, Aaryn, Elizabeth, Jason and Jordan (Alabama) found lots of SUNRAY VENUSES too.
They found like 15 double SUNRAY VENUS shells plus a Lauren found a huge empty WHELK that will look beautiful when all cleaned up.
Cindy, Shelby, Steve and Madi (TX) were so much fun to hang out with.
Madi found lots of LETTERED OLIVES just at the waters edge. Thanks again Madi for the cute photo on Instagram!
The water was so warm and clear Lauren, George and Beth (NY) stayed in the water just about the whole time on the island.
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.
The water must be cold in Michigan too because Todd and Michelle were loving the water too.
Martha found a sweet BABYS EAR when she combed the tip of the island…
Look at that baby…. a baby Baby Ear.
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.
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.
Like every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received a $25 Gift Certificate from Congress Jewelers– Fun day!
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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.
Just hanging out with Gigi and Michele from Melbourne, FL made the day really awesome.
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!
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.
OMG, Look at the shells and bling they found!
Barry, Jennifer and Chris had some pretty dang good luck too…
They found such a variety of cool treasures from SAND DOLLARS, GAUDY NATICAS, ANGEL WINGS, SHARKS EYES to some very cool ALPHABET CONES.
It was a PAPER FIG kind of day for Cherie, Joe and Olivia from MD
Joe showed me 2 of the many PAPER FIGS they found but they also found ANGEL WINGS and PEAR WHELKS.
Mary and Art (Bradenton, FL) were happy to find a shell they had never found before…
Mary found her first GAUDY NATICA…
A perfect SAND DOLLAR washed up right in front of Shari and Shelby from New Mexico.
This is such a cute size…
Cutie shellooties Jackson and Emma Grace (GA) were adorable on the beach. Emma Grace found a perfect SAND DOLLAR to0.
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.
Miranda Moon knew she had something unusual when she found a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE. Very cool find!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Such a fabshellous day.
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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.
So did Alesa from Atlanta…
So did Alesa’s beach finds. Gorgeous!
Everyone I met … happy and beautiful. Just like Addie, Annie and Ashlee from Kentucky.
Kelcey and Casey from Pennsylvania snorkeled in the beautiful water to find a few treasures.
Even the tree roots made for a beautiful seat for Bonnie from Texas to sort through her beach finds.
She brought her beautiful family Sandy, Macy, Mason and Brian.
So much beautiful beach bling…
Candace, Leslie and her husband from Texas found a few treasures to make them happy.
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).
On the boat ride back Patrick, Tristan, MaryBeth and Peyton from Orlando showed me their fave finds.
Such beautiful colors…
Cutie Maya from GA showed us his 2 fave finds … an ATALANTIC GIANT COCKLE and a SOUTHERN 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.
It was such a pleasure to meet Martha, Linda, Josh, Liz, Michael, Angie and Grace from MO as well. Shellers have the nicest families!
Its always a special day when we see MANATEES swim by the shore just feet from the beach. We saw 2 of them!
Each and every beachcomber on iLoveShelling adventures seems to be one big family at the end of the day. I love these days!
And to top it off… a few BABYS EARS too…
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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!
Everybody had smiles on their faces like Stephanie, Sydney, Lyndey and Carley (Mississippi) as soon as the boat pulled up on the beach.
More smiling faces like Kristin, Kathy and Nathan from Fargo.
There were plenty of FARGO WORM SHELLS to take back to Fargo- heehee.
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.
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 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!
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.
They all found treasures they will forever remember.
So many beautiful families on our trip. So lovely to talk to Nathan, Chris, Matthew and Sarah (KY). Happy Birthday Nathan!
Look at their beach combing loot! Pretty good birthday, right?
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.
The water was so crystal clear, snorkeling was a blast. Cassie and Jolie were like fish!
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!
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!
Mother daughter shellers Penny and Carolyn (also from Texas) were so much to talk to as well.
They found some fabulous shells with such striking patterns.
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!
It was a perfect boat ride to a perfect day on the beach with an awesome group of people.
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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.
He got to shellebrate his find with his sister Alex too.
It was a beautiful day to spend with a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much for joining me!
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