Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sanibel Island 2015 - Day 3

We decided Tuesday was going to be Beach Access Day and used the hotel supplied bikes to ride down to the Beach Access points along West Gulf.  I love these access points because you can't park at them unless you have an island parking permit or you bike or walk to them.  Therefore, they are generally less populated.   We rode down to the farthest one and parked our bikes, walked the beach for awhile and then rode to the next access point, slowly working our way back to the hotel.


The entrance to each beach is usually a covered canopy of foliage and is so pretty to walk through...







There was also some geocaching involved on the bike ride as there are several caches placed along the path.  Lots of fun for me and Chablis tolerated my stops quite well....


Afterwards we spread our morning finds on a towel and checked them out.  The sharks teeth were from the day before in Englewood.  You can read that post here.


Unfortunately we didn't find a ton of good shells, but we did pick up a few things that we liked...

Including a couple of pieces of sea glass which I rarely find on Sanibel....


After our long bike ride we decided to have dinner on Captiva at The Green Flash.  It's one of my favorite restaurants.  I had stuffed grouper with a baked potato au gratin that is out of this world cheesy goodness....

 And Chablis had stuffed shrimp...


 This was the view from our table.  We kept watching the clouds rolling in, praying the storm would hold off because we wanted to watch the sunset from the Captiva beach.


 I get such a kick out of the bathroom here - check out the model standing in the corner.   LOL!

 We finished dinner and headed over to the public access beach where we paid for parking and then headed out towards Red Fish Pass.  The dark clouds kept rolling in and we kept on eye on them as we scampered around in the waves, snatching up shells.   We were finding some good stuff when the skies opened up and we quickly got drenched in the down pour.  We had to run a mile back down the beach through the pouring rain to get to our car and then drive back to Sanibel all soaking wet.  The skies cleared up just as we reached our hotel - doesn't that look pretty?


This is so not pretty - I was a drowned mess.  But it was a fun evening anyway.


We had stopped at The Bubble Room before hitting the beach and picked up a piece of their Orange Crunch Cake for a late night dessert.  How good does this look???


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13 comments:

  1. What a lovely place! Too bad about getting caught in the rain, but it makes a good story. :)

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    1. Even a rainy night on Sanibel is better than just about any place else.

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  2. I love seeing more of your trip pics! When we get to go, I'll have to refer back to your blog to see the places you recommend! I know we would love to go to Englewood and hunt for shark's teeth! And you look cute....as always! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - and Englewood is right on the way and you'd have the added advantage of seeing Karen.

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  3. We've never been to Green Flash, in fact we haven't even been to Captiva but once or twice! I have heard about the orange crunch cake. Will make a note to 'follow your lead' one of my next trips and try all of this, the beach, green flash, and cake.....have already done the rain dance...!! :D Will have to miss out on our next trip (Hubby going without me! ) Too much real life stuff to deal with.. :( So I'm living through your trip!! So enjoying your posts, keep them coming!!

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    1. The Green Flash, walk on Captiva's beach for sunset and picking up a piece of Orange Crunch at the Bubble Room is a yearly tradition for us. It's a must do!

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  4. How fun! It's funny, despite more than a dozen trips to sanibel, I don't think I've ever eaten in ANY of the restaurants where you guys go. I generally just cooked at home. Ah, the sting of missed opportunities, lol.

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    1. Rule number 1 - NO cooking on Sanibel. LOL!

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  5. Dang it girl, you even look cute soaking wet! :)
    That photo of the storm rolling in is mesmerizing!

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  6. Love the Green Flash...great food, gorgeous water view! And I'm drooling over that yummy Orange Crunch Cake! Did you know that The Bubble Room is going to be featured on a new Food Network show next week??

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    1. No, when is that going to be???

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    2. Sent you a reply on FB...but for others who might be interested, June 24th at 10pm EST.

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