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A Golden Day on Cayo Costa

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 5 comments

We started our day with golden sunshine, blue skies, turquoise water and a beautiful boat ride to the island of Cayo Costa to hunt for seashells. We stepped off the Captiva Cruises boat to find the beach looking like this…

By the end of the trip, I was happy to see there were so many beautiful treasures.

I got to finally meet Marianne, Jan and Brian from the Netherlands! Long story short… but I was thrilled to see they are happy and healthy with such an incredishell shelling eye- Way to go Brian! (Thank you so much for the awesome goodies!)

 

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When we first got to the beach, it looked like a million little white CLAM shells and nothing else…. but then…. Oh Oh Oh! BABY’S EARS!

I love shelling alongside eagle eye guys like Bob when I happen to say “somebody just found a BABYS EAR- start looking for them!”. He’s like Super Sheller Clark when I want him to start looking for a particular shell… Boom Shellalaka! He found not just one but two.

Two days after the cruise, I ended up shelling right along side these super shellers at Blind Pass. So happy you came to Cayo Costa!

Yall should look for these gals on the beach whenever you have any questions ;). They knew all the really cool unusual types of shells out there.


Yay! So good to see yall!

Another BABYS EAR! But eeek… Im so bad on names- please forgive me yall. Thank you for giving me another article on COWRIES, another Miss Cutie Shellootie. (She gave me a COWRIE she found in Hawaii but I couldnt remember the name of it… it’s a SERPENT HEAD COWRIE.)

Be still my heart… I knew this was gonna be a fun cruise when I met these shellers. I meant to ask about her shelling bag… that design is so darn cute.

Talking about hearts… I think she made the whole trip filled with warm heart-filled joy by talking about all the fun shelloot she’d found on the beaches before the cruise. Then she found a gorgeous scallop actually shaped like a heart. It wasn’t broken… it truly had grown with a dip down in the middle so it looked just like a heart. Sharing the shellove.

Then I met this awesome family…

We got to talking on the way back .. then Tyler shows me an OLIVE. “Do you think this is a GOLDEN OLIVE?” he asked.

Shellzam! Heck yea thats a GOLDEN OLIVE and it’s perfect and buttery rich. Wow- Congrats!

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PS- Awesome shelling at Blind Pass this weekend- photos and story coming up soon. ;)

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Practicing The Sanibel Stoop On Cayo Costa

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Baby's Ear, Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, King's Crown, Shell Love Bug | 11 comments

Every single time I step on the beach of Cayo costa… its different. Its truly fascinating to see it change so drastically and which part of the beach the shells pile up.  The last few months, we had to walk down to the right to find the shells washed up and before that we found them to the left. This time as soon as we stepped on the beach on our iLoveShelling cruise with Captiva Cruises, we saw loads of shells right in front of us.

Its so much fun to see the different shells everybody finds.

Lots of Sanibel Stoops … Or Cayo Conch Crouch? heehee

There’s enough for everybody!

SUNRAY VENUS, ANGEL WINGS, JEWELBOXES, CONCHS, SHARKS EYES…

And SAND DOLLARS

Such fun times!

Even a surprising live KINGS CROWN! (Of course safely put back in the water)

Yahoo! Fabshellous LIGHTNING WHELK totally empty.

Good to see Brin and her amazing shelling family again.

She’s an amazing artist so she has such a great eye for beautiful shells with different color patterns. Thank you Brin ;)

Such fun to hang out with so many amazing shellers.

Check out this spectacsheller assortment Will found… BUTTON SHELLS to BABYS EARS and lots in between.

 

I had a surprise for everyone too! Shell Love Bug made a special appearance at Captiva Cruises so everybody on our shelling boat could see her. Fun! For Easter week, Shell Love Bug is now at the airport in Fort Myers until April 18 – hope ya get to see her and find your favorite shell.

Hey hey- I have new dates for summer iLoveShelling cruises! Hope I get to see y’all-  Check them out …

PS- I’m really sorry I couldn’t work in all requested dates :(

 

 

 

 

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Taking a Shelling Trip to Cayo Costa

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 34 comments

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? ;)

 

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Making The Mosta At Cayo Costa

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Captiva, Captiva Cruises, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More | 10 comments

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

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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…

Sealife By Congress Jewelers

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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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

Lettered olives found on Cayo Costa on blue shell net

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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cayo costa shell pile

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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