lauren clean seashells

While walking the beach on a beautiful tropical island, gorgeous empty seashells wash up to your feet with every wave. Can’t you just picture it? No doubt, this is every sheller’s dream. Ahhhh….

Well, wake up! Because it came true for sisters Jaime and Lauren!

Jaime Lauren Sanibel shells

I found Jaime digging with a shovel in this pile of shells just east of Bowman’s Beach…

Jaime diggin shells

She was so focused on that pile until I peeked at her tray of shells and let out a big “WOW!”. That sandy ALPHABET CONE was sitting right on top of all of these awesome shells…

sandy Sanibel seashells

These sisters from Virginia arrived for a month’s vacation on Sanibel two days after Tropical Storm Debby blew through. While I was on Lighthouse Beach witnessing the seashell madness from TS Debby’s aftermath, Jaime and Lauren were shellebrating their own dream come true on east Bowman’s Beach. This is what their HORSE CONCHS and LIGHTNING WHELKS looked like before they cleaned them up…

lauren before cleaning seashells

 Awesome, right? Okay, maybe I embellished the story a little about the “dream”… these shells didn’t all just roll up at their feet one after another. They had to stay focused and hunt for these treasures for hours and hours. They told me they had every intention of coming to watch the Sanibel parade but couldn’t pull themselves off the beach because they wanted to hunt for more big shells. Ha! They are as shell crazy as we are! Okay, speaking of shell crazy. Jaime and Lauren drove down from Virginia in their little Mini Cooper. Cute! But even cuter was their license plate…

wentletrap license plate

 PS- I just have to show you how shell focused Jaime and Lauren were. These are a few shots of the sunset they missed because they did not look up from their shell pile to see this gorgeous site. LOL

blazing sanibel sunset

sunset sunset photo