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Happy Shell-a-Days!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Christmas | 22 comments

seashell christmas tree on red

The Sanibel holidays and turning into Shelladays!

sanibel junonia with 2 cone shells

Shellzam! Kirk (Ohio) and Cheryl combed the beach near Island Inn Resort at 4:30 am with his flashlight walking towards Bowman’s Beach… when Kirk found a JUNONIA! And he found two absolutely perfect ALPHABET CONES along the way too! They need to go play the lotto too because this was their very first time to Sanibel and their first time shelling. Newbie shellers! LOL Congratshellations to both of you!

Cheryl Kirk Cleveland finds junonia shell on sanibel

Blind Pass Sanibel has been bringing in the goods too on a nice sand bar jutting out to catch the shells…

sanibel beach of shells

Ready to shell that awesome pile of shells with me? Get your toes in the sand and feel the splash of that salt water on your face while we pick up some shells together in 72 degree weather. It’s just a little overcast but enjoy this beautiful day shelling with me on Sanibel Island…


FYI- December 12, 2013- The parking lot and beach on the CAPTIVA SIDE OF BLIND PASS is closed because of construction equipment but the SANIBEL SIDE PARKING LOT and beach is open (the last I saw) but it could change any moment if the beach renourishment equipment has to transfer to that parking lot. If you want to get updates on this beach project go to CEPD.

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Shell Lounging At Sanibel’s Waters Edge

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Lighthouse, Sanibel, Wentletrap | 23 comments

sanibel lounge stoop shelling

THIS is what a Sanibel vacation is all about! I call this kind of shelling “Shellounging” which might even be better than the Sanibel Stoop AND the Sit “n Sift. LOL Sitting in your lounge chair in the water at low tide with your drink in the cup holder while filling your shell bag with seashells washing up to your toes…. that’s Shellounging! I’m taking notes from Shelloungers Linda (Cape Coral) and her daughter Jessica from Virginia…

linda jessica shelling sanibel lighthouse beach

They were finding great shells shellounging at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach…

cockle shell collection found lighthouse beach

“Just to be able to walk the beach this week in 85 degree sunny weather has been a blessing” said Debbie and Bill from Delaware…

debbie bill delaware shelling sanibel

So it’s a bonus to find some nice shells too.

shells in hand sanibel

My friend Anna was looking for WENTLETRAPS at the Lighthouse and was happy to find a few.

anna lemons shells sanibel beach in blue

While looking for WENTLETRAPS, you have to get a very low Sanibel Stoop going so you might as well look for any miniature shell you can find. She had lots of luck with minis so I though you might want to do a little CYBERSHELLING too! I feel badly for some of you up north caught in that snow, so I want to bring a little sunshine and warmth to you. Look a little closer at Anna’s treasures and see if there’s anything you might have picked up too. Click on this next image of Anna’s hand to enlarge it. Shell away!

miniature shells lighthouse beach sanibel

 Anna told me the last few days, she was still finding shells at the shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva. FYI- Just remember there is still construction equipment at the lot at Turner Beach (Blind Pass Captiva parking lot) so you might have to go to the Sanibel side to park if you want to shell there. This could change at any moment but that’s the last I’ve seen- CLICK HERE to see my post about that info.

But anyway, these are the shells Anna found just by Sitting ‘N Sifting through that huge “old” pile of shells that came in on Thanksgiving. Shellzam!

shells on table

Oh and Guess What! Someone had to cancel their reservation for Shellabaloo January 6-9, 2014. This is your chance to join us for the best shelling adventure of a lifetime! Come to Sanibel and enjoy the warm sunshine and seashells. I’ll take you to all of my favorite shelling places and teach you how to find the best shells. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Captiva Christmas Parade Gets Xtreme

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Captiva, Christmas, Parades | 13 comments

Golf cart christmas parade captiva florida

Would you call us dressing up our golf cart with a 5 foot JUNONIA along with nine 3 foot shells to make it a Junonia Jalopy … a little Xtreme for Christmas? I’d say it was Xtremely fun! How about that South Seas Resort dressed up like elves to drive their Elf Mobile around in Captiva Village? I’d say they are Xtremely adorable!

south seas resort elf mobile parade captiva

Do you think a convoy of YOLO Watersports scoot coupes in Santa hats running the streets of Captiva would be Xtremely cool?

yolo scoot coupes captiva christmas parade

This is the sweetest replica of the Chapel By The Sea sitting on top of a golf cart… soooo un-Xtreme. On second thought- it’s kinda an Xtremely perfect little mini Chapel By The Sea.

chapel by the sea captiva golf cart

There’s nothing wrong whatsoever that Doc Fords’ golf cart has Christmas trees growing out of its top.

Doc Fords Golf cart christmas parade

Errrrr…. Well, riding “Rudolphin” down Captiva Drive might just be a tiny bit Xtreme but Kingfisher Vacations lets that crazy red nosed DOLPHIN join in any sincere games.

captiva florida golf cart parade Rudolphin

 Oh Okay. Maybe Captiva is Xtremely nuts. We had six Mixed Nuts nut crackers running around all afternoon! heehee

captiva mixed nut crackers golf cart

Now I know why the Travel Channel filmed this crazy little Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade and called it “Xtreme Xmas“! That’s right. The Travel Channel filmed our wacky golf cart parade last year and will include our “Xtreme” Captiva Golf Cart Parade when it airs next Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7:00pm. Yahooo! So exciting!

captiva christmas puppy

This little parade is so much fun, even the crowd puts on a show with their own judging stand. Hmmmm… We only got a 7.5 from the Russian judge. He’s tough.

sideline golf cart parade judges

After the parade this year, Clark and I parked the Junonia Jalopy at YOLO (where Clark gets his shelling scoops) to join their holiday drum circle for the Captiva Luminary events. There were more than 8 drums, rattles, tom toms, a cow bell and Clark and I brought our own instruments…. saws. LOL

drum circle at YOLO watersports captiva

We learned how to “play” a saw with a screwdriver when we went on our shelling vacation to Cat Island in the Bahamas so we thought we’d tune up our own saws and give it a whirl. So much fun! I think the saw is the perfect addition to any island drum circle, don’t you? LOL

pam clark playing the saw captiva drum circle

 Just one more photo to get you back to your shelling mood. I’ve been hearing that just about every beach in Southwest Florida still has some great shells rolling in so I made a quick stop to Tarpon Beach today at low tide and found these gems. The WHELKS, MUREXES and some of the CONCHS were at the water’s edge half buried in the sand. I found all of the others in the lowest tide wrack line on the beach still wet by the wash. The OLIVES were incredibly colorful and so shiny. I could have picked up gashellions of CERITHS but I never seem to give them the proper respect they deserve. I’m going to dedicate a day soon to CERITHS to make up for that.

christmas hibiscus and seashells

Dont forget to watch the Travel Channel on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7pm to see all of this Xtreme fun!

UPDATE: The show aired TWO times… check out the photos…

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