Friday, May 24, 2013

Sanibel Island 2013 Day 3

I was eagerly anticipating day 3 of our trip because that's the day we were meeting our friend Captain Brian.  If you're not familiar with him, then go check out his blog.  Brian is a licensed Captain, and is extremely knowledgeable about the land and sea around Sanibel.  He can customize a boat trip for you whether it's shelling, birding, exploring or dolphin watching that you're interested in doing.

8:00 am found us at McCarhty's Marina, and Brian was already loading up his boat.



This guy sat and watched us as we climbed aboard and set out for our day of exploring...


On our way out towards Cayo Costa we passed this recent ship wreck...


We had placed a request to find shells and see wildlife, leaving it up to Capt. Brian to plot our course.  First up was a huge pod of dolphin and we had a great time sitting and photographing them as they swam and played around us.




We also spied a flock of pelicans and shore birds...




Brain in his signature straw hat!


We really enjoyed seeing this large specimen...



By lunchtime we were starving, so we headed over to Tarpon Bay Lodge for lunch.  It felt good to get out of the sun for awhile.   We enjoyed the casual atmosphere, the decorations and especially the delicious food and excellent conversation. 





But we weren't finished shelling yet - Brian had a few more spots in mind before we called it a day.

 




I think we had a pretty good haul, don't you?  Chablis found both of those gorgeous whelks, a broken scotch bonnet and a couple of angel wings.  I found a lot of sand dollars and some shiny olives.  We also gathered a good bunch of whelks, cockles, venus sunrays and one perfect nutmeg.



I'll be honest with you - our day with Capt. Brian was the highlight of our trip.  We had a fun and relaxing day, full of surprises, shells, animal life and good food.  It just doesn't get any better than that.  Thank you Brian for planning a perfect day for us!

If you're in the Ft. Myers area and you are looking for a great day on the water, I suggest you give Capt. Brian a call.

If you missed my post about the cool Sanibel Island table we made, then go back and check it out.  I'm linking it up as an entry at Homespun Happenings.

13 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time! What a nice haul of shells you collected. Thanks for sharing photos and stories from your vacation.

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  2. Looks like your trip is of to a good start! :)

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    1. Unfortunately, this was the only day we had good shelling. I looked for you each evening when we were at the different beaches hoping to run into you. Maybe next time.

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    2. Awwww, I'm so sorry to hear that Kim :( But for sure, next time you're around, drop us a line and we'll try to hit some hot spots!

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  3. I've read all three days, looks like a neat trip!! The boat ride def. sounds the best! and the shells are awesome. I will have to pass that info on to a friend, her parents have a 2nd home in ft Myers

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    1. Please pass on his info. I think they'd like him.

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  4. Kim, It was a great day on the water. The afternoon was my favorite part of the trip, a very cool mom and daughter bonding on the water. Capt. Brian

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  5. This would definitely be the highlight of the trip for me, too! I've seen so many photos of him on I Love Shelling! I know he is amazing! What a day! I bet you were all smiles ALL day!

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    1. Brian I one of the nicest and neatest people I've ever met. Look him up if you go there.

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  6. The quantity and variety of birds you saw that week are amazing! I would definitely love to see those! And a large pod of dolphins? Where do I sign up??? ;o)

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    1. Well, I definitely have a FAB captain you can sign up with!

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