“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SUNSET - MOONRISE IN MAY

This week was outstanding on the water. I had a wonderful time taking out long time clients, Brian and Nancy Johnson. Our trip started in the late afternoon around 4:30, we traveled to a small restaurant on North Captiva called Barnacle Phil's, a favorite local watering hole, known for its black beans and rice. After a delicious early dinner we traveled to Cayo Costa to go shell collecting. The low tide was extremely low at 7:30pm with the full moon. We collected shells on the beach the hour before and after the low tide. The beach was empty of people and the sunset was full of life. I have never seen a bad sunset from the beach at Cayo Costa. We found live starfish and lightning whelks, took pictures of both and promptly put them back in the water. The beach was full of solitude. After the sunset we walked back toward the boat as the moon was rising over the island. The quietness and the full moon reminded me of a stretch of beach I enjoyed in the Ten Thousand Islands four moons ago. Brian , Nancy and I followed the moonbeam on the water south back to Captiva. Some trips you can plan and they work out great, other trips, the surroundings take over and the trip leads itself. This trip, the tides and moon lead the way, all the way back to where we began.