“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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Exploring The Islands







Gail and Ric are always fun to have on the boat. Gail is full of energy and  happy to be on the water. Ric is a  keen observer.  I enjoy his insights on the many things he observes in the wild. The trip started with seeing many dolphin. The dolphin were so close you could hear each dolphin take a breath. The water was calm and the dolphins traveled past our boat. We watched until they all passed by.  Next we traveled out into the Gulf of Mexico past North Captiva. The next island to the north is Cayo Costa. It was here we found  a beautiful stretch of beach to explore. The water was beautiful and the beach  most pleasant. Unique plants were observed, and tracks in the sand were observed. We found different shells and even found a tusk shell. Our next stop was Barnacle Phil's restaurant for some island food and atmosphere.  We managed to get both. I enjoyed the conversations of both Gail and Ric. ( I also enjoyed the books and everglades sleeping bag cover, thank you.)