To the Beach...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Today, Monday, we got an early start toward Blind Beach on Captiva Island, about eight miles from our location.  It was warm early, as we have experienced regularly over the last few days.  Lynn drove and the traffic was comparatively light, compared to the weekend.

Captiva Island is considered one of the finest, if not the finest beach worldwide for shell seeking.  We can't really add much to the comparison, but there were literally billions of shells.  We parked at a State Parking lot and paid for our two hour stint on the shore.  A nice lady helped us figure out the complexities of the "auto-teller" where we signed up to wander the beach.  

The shells are everywhere and basically make up the beach itself.  The island is made up of shell residue.  Lynn and I separated and the search was on.  The shells vary in size.  In the photo of my "catch" they range from about one quarter of an inch in diameter to one inch.  The intricate patterns were a great surprise to us both.  The surf was active today, so lots of new shells appeared a we watched it sweep in.

Lynn got many more shells than I, and was more excited, but I had a great time too.  The woman who had helped us at the pay station found three beautiful shells, which she gave to Lynn.  The people here are very friendly and helpful.  We like that.

Two other folks pointed out a dolphin fishing just off the shoreline.  Lynn spotted it again and I got to watch it leap out of the water too!  Very cool...  We were early enough that there were only a few folks shelling.

On the way back, we stopped at a Wildlife Refuge named Ding Dinkley National Wildlife Refuge.  We didn't get in on the trolley tour, but wandered around the center for a while and learned enough for another day.  I did get a photo of a manatee pair, in sculpture.  It's in B/W to give you a better idea of how they actually look.

By now, the traffic was wild.  We stopped at Jerry's Market and picked up a new fish to us.  It's grouper.  Not a handsome fish, to be sure, but mighty tasty.  Lynn searched for a recipe on her tablet and it was a great one.  I cooked it outside on the Weber.  With a pasta dish on the side and a green salad, it was a great meal to end the day.

The duck pond near our site has lots of residents.  The two swan seem to be in charge, but lots of ducks frolic in the water.  A few egrets stop by to fish.  One walked within five feet of me and caught a tiny fish as I watched.  What a great place to spend time in the semi-tropics!

We're off again in the morning to another State Park, the name of which escapes me at the moment.  It's only sixty-five miles away and a bit inland.  There is a unique type of palm tree there which we are anxious to see.  Ah, yes.  Lynn told me the park is Collier-Seminole SP.  Good to have a sharp traveler along, especially if she can cook.  

I have only a few photos, since I didn't take the Fuji with to the beach.  I'll post two and the rest will be on Flickr.  Be brave and check them out...
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Lisa norfolk on

Hello Ralphie. We enjoyed hearing about Sanibel Island as that was one of our excursions during our FL vacation. I just finished catching dad up on the blog as we wait for his surgery. He goes in within the hour so I will keep you posted.

photodon on

Looks like a very cool place you have found. Nice shells.

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