There were all sort of shells on the beach at Cayo Costa on Monday for our iLoveShelling shelling trip!
Unfortunately, I had a “trip” of my own on Sunday and twisted my ankle. Rasher fresher! Thank goodness Capitva Cruises arrives at a dock on Cayo Costa so I didn’t have to climb down a ladder to get to the beach. So I hobbled along the beach and found a nice shelly part of the beach to enjoy the island and all of the great company.
Last year, my good friend Jane broke her hip so sweet, thoughtful Sunny Sanibel Sandy bought her a cane that was hollow inside….. so we filled that cane with all of the shells we know Jane loves.
Thank goodness Jane is completely healed so no longer needs to use the cane so she asked me if I’d like to borrow it for the shelling trip. Yes! It’s exactly what I needed to help me find my way to a beautiful day.
I would have been soooo bummed if I couldn’t go on that shelling trip Monday! I would have been so upset not to be able to hang out with other cool shellers ….
To finally meet and hear about shelling besties!
To learn from each other…
And to see so many awesome finds…
And to talk about how we know each other… my YouTube buddy!
To hear fabshellous family shell stories…
To see dear Sunnye and meet more of her beautiful shelling family.
Oh… and did I mention there were oodles of shells? These were just a few of Sunnye’s beauties… an amazing purple inside of double CALICO CLAM, GAUDY NATICA, PURPLISH TAGELUS, double ALTERNATE TELLIN, WHITE CRESTED TELLIN and a sweet little BABYS EAR.
So the doctor says I need to RICE (rest, ice, compress and elevate) my foot for the next few weeks plus add physical therapy. So I’m trying.
We’ve got lots of high winds right now so the tides have taken lots of those shells back out to sea but in a few days, Im sure more shells will be piling in… so I hope to find a big shell pile somewhere I can plop down and do some sittin n siftin. So if ya see one, holla at me! Write a comment? ;)
In the last two weeks, we’ve seen lots of beaches in southwest Florida covered in shells. We’ve also seen some of those treasure filled beaches swept back in to the Gulf Of Mexico just as quickly as they came in. But on Big Hickory Island, we were still finding all sorts of cool loot stretched out from one wrack line to another.
We were on our iLoveShelling seashell adventure on the Sight Sea-R!
So when we get a boat load of fun shellers together…
we all find super fabshellous stuff.
And super fabulous new friends…
Not only did our group find ROSE PETAL TELLINS…
FALSE ANGEL WINGS and FALLEN ANGEL WINGS…
We found a few WENTLETRAPS too…
Oh yea…. ALPHABET CONES!
Then there’s this ball of CRYSTAL she found on the beach …
Wow! We had a geologist on the boat who said this may be hundreds of millions of years old.
And there’s Helen’s good fortune…. she found a super, SUPER fabulous shell. She found a LIONS PAW!
When ya have lots of other awesome super dooper shellers that gather around to show appreciation for this sweet find, it’s even more fun than ever to be a beach comber.
Not sure how it gets better than this.
Oh wait… Gifts. Thats what is even better. I give lots of little gifts to each passenger on our iLoveShelling cruises along with Congress Jewelers!
PS- Clark and I are judges in the Sarasota Shell Show this weekend February 3-5 so if you’re around, stop by and say “hi”. We’ll probably be there most of the day on Saturday and Sunday morning as well. Its a fantastic show!
Oh yea… and another PS- While I’m in Sarasota, Shell Love Bug will be at ArtFest Fort Myers this weekend if ya wanna stop by to see her. CLICK HERE for more scheduled tour dates.
What a beautiful sight to see!
Cayo Costa loaded with shells this week.
OLIVES and SHARKS EYE
and WHELKS , Oh my!
Exciting finding a beach buck
on shallow water bars… what luck.
Oooh how we swoon
over GAUDY NATICA moons
Blue skies and calm water swells
Make it easy to find mini shells.
SEASTARS with new arms
Smiles with lotsa charms
It doesn’t get much better than these cuties
With soooo many shell-looties!!!!
Our iLoveShelling Adventure was such a blast
Catch our next Captiva Cruise before its passed.
Heeehee- just felt like a little rhyme time today…. But seriously, we had so much fun and I’ve got new dates for iLoveShelling cruises! Check them out CLICK HERE
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!
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.
When I see kids getting excited about finding treasures, it reminds me of my first beach finds.
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.
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).
We found a huge live LIGHTNING WHELK too then quickly placed it back in the water.
My favorite part of this trip was to meet awesome people that love shelling as much as I do.
Thank you for such a nice day and for your gifts as well :).
And thank you for sharing your artful eye ;) ….
Everybody received not only shells but as on every iLoveShelling cruise, everybody received another gift…
It was a joyous day.
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.
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.
There were shells everywhere on the beach.
There were lots of shells snorkeling in the water too.
Omigosh- And the CONES and GAUDY NATICAS!
Our boating day on Sight Sea-R Cruises was awesome… worth every “dollar”…
Join me on a day trip from Sanibel with a boating day to a secluded island to go shelling together CLICK HERE
PS- Just in case you didn’t get a chance to see who won the giveaway yesterday… CLICK HERE for details.