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? ;)
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.
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And a WENTLETRAP!
So much fun to experience this shell hunt with folks that feel the same way about shelling as I do…
And sharing shells and experiences…
Always makes me happy to spend time with great friends…
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.
And thank you to all of these amazing shellers!
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.
Any day on the water is an amazing day full of adventure.
Being on the water with DOLPHINS playing beside our Captiva Cruises boat on the way to the secluded island of Cayo Costa… was an exhilarating day.
Our iLoveShelling Adventure on Tuesday from Captivawas extra special for me since my life long friend Lori and her daughter Mackenzey were visiting us from Richmond, Virginia. I’ve known Lori since I was knee high so it was a gift to have them both share this experience with me.
Its such a small world, Lori and Mackenzey met other shellers on the boat that are from Richmond, Virginia too… and live about 20 minutes from each other.
It was a beautiful calm clear day with lovely adventurous families.
We had a journey finding happiness and a few gifts from the sea.
Of course everybody received another gift… $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers…
The day after our cruise, we had a sad day on Captiva and all of Southwest Florida. Yesterday Paul McCarthy, owner of Captiva Cruises passed away.
The journey of life…. “That you feel the sense of exhilaration and adventure“. These are the words Paul McCarthy lived by.
I have so much to be thankful for to have known Paul. He encouraged me to do these iLoveShelling cruises so I could meet the shelling community face to face instead of only online through my blog. He knew how much I would enjoy sharing my love of shelling in person by being on the water just like our cruise on Tuesday. Of course, he was right and we all should live life to the fullest and be present. He had a special gift of bring people together to learn about the environment and share experiences. He touched so many lives by being so giving of himself to others. We are so grateful to the all of the folks at Captiva Cruises who have worked alongside Paul for so many years and will continue his legacy.
“Island life suits me”. Yes, it did Paul. We will miss you.
Isn’t it crazy how beautiful these shells are? This is about the biggest empty PEAR WHELK I’ve ever seen!
The colors of this LIGHTNING WHELK are stunning.
These beautiful shells were found by these beautiful shellers on our iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises. Did you see that gorgeous orange ROUGH SCALLOP (ORANGE PECTIN). Shellzam, Super Shellers!
There were other cool shells found like this FLAT ZIG ZAG SCALLOP.
And BABYS EARS! She got to check that one off her list.
We also shellebrated birthdays. Happy Beach Birthday!
Every day is a shellebration to be on the beach.
With beautiful seashells and beautiful shellers.
Talking about beautiful shellers? This gal has made me smile for years. Sherri Bode (Sherri from MN) has commented on my blog for years by giving me positive feedback and helpful ideas …. and I finally got to meet her in person for the first time on this Shelling Adventure. She’s just as sweet and adorable in person and I’m so grateful for you Sherri- you warm my heart! The internet is a crazy and powerful way to meet like-minded folks but it’s even more fun when I can put a face with a name after meeting in person.
And then this happened…. Four years ago, Clark and I met Katie and her dad on a cold January day on the beach at Blind Pass (read post HERE). She was bursting with happiness just to be on the beach shelling that day, so neither Clark nor I ever forgot her. Omigosh, she was on the cruise too!
She still emits so much happiness when she’s on the beach finding shells. This time she was finding COQUINAS and other minis so she can make shell flowers and hearts like the ones on Shell Love Bug.
When she told me who she was, my mouth dropped seeing how she’s blossomed into such a beautiful woman since I remember that day like it was yesterday. Then she showed me on her phone the 2 photos she took that day four years ago. The first photo was of her and me. Love that! Soooo darn cute.
The second photo was Katie and Clark. I was sooooo tickled to see this photo because in a conversation to a friend just 5 days ago, Clark told the story of Katie asking him to be in a photo with her. You made his day then Katie, and you made my day this week showing me this photo! I will seriously cherish this forever.
It was truly a magical day. We even had DOLPHINS swimming up to our boat. Seriously …. can’t you see they are smiling?