I do love the sunshine. As I sit here writing this blog, I’m listening to some Caribbean music with the sun shining through the window. Looking at the pictures we took this past weekend, it shouldn’t be too hard for you too to transport yourself to the island, sitting with your feet in the sand and sipping something tropical while the sound of steel drums plunk in the background.
You there yet?
Ok, how about now?
On Saturday, Blind Pass was better than it has been in quite a while. The water was warm and quite a bit clearer than we’ve seen in several weeks. I could actually snorkel a bit. After last weekend’s trip to beautiful Key West, I admit I was spoiled snorkeling somewhere where I could see 20 feet in front of me. The thought of leaving those turquoise waters and returning to our murky ones wasn’t very appealing. But we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw.
The beach is back to where it was a couple of months ago, a far cry from where it was in December of last year:
But I’ll take it. With the changes now in Okeechobee’s water releases, we should hopefully start to see better changes in our area. Fingers are crossed.
This was what the water at the shore looked like…semi-clear.
Shelling was awesome again. I snorkeled about 7 to 8 feet out or so (about waist deep), and just found tons upon tons of great shells in the sand ridges. I just made my passes forward and backward, stuffing them into my pockets. There was about 1.5 feet of visibility, so in order to really see what was there, I had to get almost right down on the sea floor. But they were there. I can’t tell you how happy we were. Hopefully they stay there for a while!
I was a bit nervous to snorkel in that murky water. I was out on the Captiva side, and I know, I know…I’ve said not to snorkel out there. I was very close to the shore and Queenie was my spotter. Plus, there were other people out there (lots) and like I’ve said before, you don’t have to be fast, just faster than the other person. 😉
I kid, of course. But I had four Sheepshead fish (literally) that swam along with me the entire way. So I was safe.
But anyhow, there are a LOT of Olives out there now. I didn’t find any occupied, but grabbed so many it was ridiculous. Lots of Fighting Conchs too, which we have enough of. So I kept tossing them onto the beach for others to enjoy….like this little guy:
The Queen said he would sprint to the shells as soon as they hit the sand. Good to bring a smile to a young sheller’s face. Queenie also overheard his Grandpa telling him that he had “Shelling Fever”, which caused the little guy to get upset. Apparently, he didn’t want to be sick! He calmed down when Grandpa told him that Grandma had it too.
Sorry to break it to ya little buddy, but we’re all pretty sick with the fever. Comes with the territory. It only gets worse from here.
Speaking of Queenie, she tried out her new Flip Flips that she won from I Heart The Beach’s latest flip flip giveaway. Thank you to I Heart The Beach!
She’s making her mark, so keep your eye out for Queenie tracks! They could be anywhere on the island. Hmm, maybe we should do a “Find Queenie” contest?
An early peek inside the shell bucket before we found the mother lode.
A small bunch of Olives we snagged.
A couple of Murexes, pieces of Junonia (you know what that means) and tiny Florida Cone.
A bright orange Florida Cone (check out that sharp spire!), nice corals (lots out there), a Bittersweet and a pretty cool looking Auger.
All in all a great shelling day filled with sunshine and smiles. Let’s hope it stays that way for a while.