We found WHELKS, BABYS EARS, WORMIES, CONCHS and lots of SEA URCHINS on our iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa … but Jeff (from VA) got a head start of everybody else. He started shelling on the low tide mud flat beside the dock at Mccarthy’s Marina before our Captiva Cruises boat even left for the island! He spotted something on the bar then came up with 2 LIGHTNING WHELKS and a PEAR WHELK. Love it!
We arrived on Cayo costa to grey, overcast skies…
But the sun started peaking out just in time to shine on the shells. Amy from Kansas City quickly found 2 SUNRAY VENUS clams with both sides still attached. It was a SUNRAY VENUS kinda day!
Trish and Bill (FL) were having the same luck with FIGHTING CONCHS on the bayside where the boat anchored.
As I walked around to the Gulf side of the island, I saw Elizabeth and her Gramma Linda (Nebraska) working the high tide wrack line where all of the miniatures were hiding.
Elizabeth said she saw a BUBBLE SHELL so then started to focus on finding a WENTLETRAP. Yes! She found one along with a whole host of other sweet minis like this FALSE ANGEL WING, teeny tiny juvie CHESTNUT TURBAN, CERITHS, WHELKS, CONCHS and even tiny dried SEA URCHINS.
Sarah from Fort Lauderdale found a few nice chunks of COQUINA LIMESTONE to use as display for the different shells she found on her trip.
Sasha and Brooks (IL) found a few treasures to fill their shell bucket but I was thrilled for Sasha that she found a beautiful FLORIDA CONE.
I was tickled to see Becky and Wade on the cruise! They are amazing shellers who love everything about the beach and end up sharing most of their shells since they have so many. They are always a delight.
They couldn’t resist keeping the gorgeous double SUNRAY VENUSES. I don’t blame them… look at those colors!
There were some very cool WORM SHELLS that Ellen and Chad (Ohio) found but they found SUNRAY VENUSES as well and the one Ellen is holding up has an incredible color pattern- the color was as magenta as her jacket!
Jeff and Lisa found even more treasures to add to Jeff’s finds at the marina dock and they were also happy to receive $25 gift certificates from Sealife By Congress.
Yes, once again everybody on the iLoveShelling cruise received a $25 gift certificate to trade for a sterling silver charm or to use for anything else in their store. Thank you Sealife By Congress!
It was really fun to see Candace and Ken (MO) again (Candace helped me solve the Texas Longhorn mystery!) in her cutie tee shirt and she had strung a SUNRAY VENUS on a necklace with a silver charm similar to my DOSINIA necklace. Warm and fuzzies, I tell ya.
But hold on, we didn’t just find shells… Sisters Cissy (Asheville, NC), Debbie (Chapel Hill, NC) and Karen (Charleston, SC) had great luck finding shells (the top photo with the BABYS EARS) but they also saw an injured bird that needed rescuing. Carolina Sisters to the rescue!
They hurried back to the boat to tell Captain Skip who grabbed a towel then hurried to the beach to find it. He found a SANDWICH TERN unable to fly because of an injured wing so he gently gathered the bird in the towel to keep her secure then headed back to the boat to call CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife).
As soon as we got back to the dock, CROW volunteers Jaclyn and Ryan were waiting with a carrier to get Miss SANDWICH TERN safely to the clinic for medical help and treated ASAP. I called today to see how she was – she’s gaining weight and healing her wing but she still needs a few more days to recover. Get well quickly, Miss BLT! heehee
Here are the awesome rescuers…
See? Shelling is ALWAYS an adventure. You should join us on one of these exshellent shelling trips with so many other fabshellous shellers. I just announced new dates through May 2015… CLICK HERE for the new dates and more info…
It’s the most wonderful time of year again…We shellebrated the holidays the weekend at the Captiva Golf Cart Parade with fabulous floats!
Since the parade began in 2009, I’ve been decorating our Junonia Jalopy to take part in this quirky Christmas ritual… but not this year. This year I was honored to be a judge. But I couldn’t be just any judge- I had to break out a shell or two and decorated myself as a ShellElf to help NBC2 news anchor Kellie Burns and writer Steve Winston of WorldPropertyJournal.com judge the cutest little parade on the planet.
I wish you could have seen these carts in person because they looked so much more amazing than the pictures but The Snowflakes were creative, frosty, sparkly and bright.
They won first prize for Non-Commercial decorated golf cart. They were so stinkin cute!
The local Remax offices are currently under construction so this team of realtors got really creative to decorate their golf cart float as The Grinch with construction tape and hard hats in colorful Christmas colors. They even had a dog with one antler- lol. The Grinch would be proud!
The Grinch mobile deservingly won first prize in Commercial category.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Bubble Room’s Ginger Bread House roll down the street. Yes, there was really a golf cart under this candy house made mostly of colorful paper plates. Awesome!
They won Best In Show! These are the adorable Bubble Room girls who made this amazing golf cart the overall winners of the parade.
It was not easy being judge since there were so many other whimsical and creative golf carts…
After watching theses crazy carts float around Captiva Island, then watching the wacky awards ceremony, we all enjoyed merry cheer as the sun went down and the streets lit up with Luminary Festivities .
Our friends Louis and Nancy from our home town of Virginia Beach came for their second year to spend an Island Christmas in paradise with us. Being a part of such silliness, they want to come back next year too.
Since The Grinch didn’t want to steal this Christmas this year, The ShellElf steals a smile.
Shellers loved the parade too! I saw local sheller Jim rejoicing in the fun… while we talked about shelling our local beaches. He’s been finding lots of good shells at Gulfside City Park too and the same as me… he has been seeing Blind Pass and the Lighthouse beach a “hit or miss” these days. As we both said… ‘You never know what your gonna find until you get there!”.
This sweet little parade would never have been possible if it weren’t for the sponsorship of Royal Shell Companies so you may have wondered why these nutty Nut Cracker Carts didn’t win anything… we couldn’t vote on our sponsor. But YOU get to vote for any cart you want because there is one more category that needs to YOUR VOTE…
YOU get to choose the Peoples Choice Award! You can see all of the floats from the parade and vote for your favorite one. CLICK HERE to choose your fave! (or https://www.facebook.com/captivagolfcartparade).
The island Shellebrations have begun!
Come join us for our Shelling Adventure on Sight Sea-R cruise on Wednesday December 10, 2014 to Big Hickory Island. We should find plenty of holiday gifts from the sea on the island from these north winds that have been blowing- weehoo! CLICK HERE for more info and future dates.
As much as I love cold fronts blowing NW winds through SW Florida to bring loads of shells, the simple pleasure of walking the beach on a warm sunny day in December looking for minis … is what makes me tic.
Seeing a fresh pocket of shells washing up on the beach as the tide flows puts a smile on my face every time.
Sisters Linda (NY) and Sharon (PA) feel the same way. They met on Sanibel every year to comb for treasures knowing that each year they will find something different.
Sharon said she found double JEWELBOXES and her gorgeous yellow RIBBED CANTHARUS in the high tide “mud line” as she called it (which is the semi dried tidal pool). Linda found her sweet mix just at the water edged washing back and forth in the surf line.
Finding my way back to the beach access path at Gulfside City Park, I took this photo of shells that were left on the post for somebody else. The ShellFairy was there! I guess she doesn’t need any more shells but wants someone else to enjoy their beauty too. Hmmm… but why doesn’t she leave little baby HORSE CONCHS?
Dont forget! The Golf Cart Parade is Saturday starting at 3:30. This is the cutest holiday parade ever and it’s the first year I won’t be decorating a golf cart because… Im a judge! You can be a judge too since this year they have added a People’s Choice Award. Go to Captiva Holiday Village at http://captivaholidayvillage.com to get more info. But wait that’s not all, Captiva Luminary is after the parade and it is always a blast – last year Clark and I played the saw in the drum circle at Yolo Watersports… yes, a real saw with a screw driver as an instrument (CLICK HERE to see that crazy sight for sore eyes -heehee). If you can make it to this fun fun event, Clark and I will be a Shell Elves (“Shellves” haha) with our Seashell Santa Hats so if you recognize me or Clark, please say Hello!
This parade is so good- it was on the Travel Channel last year!
After all of the fun Captiva holiday festivities on Saturday, I’m sure you’ll want to be getting back to the beach on Sunday, right? So join me for our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure to Cayo Costa for a spectacsheller Captiva Cruises trip to the out island. CLICK HERE for more info