“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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shelling Excursion















The November full moon was setting when I left the Marina with four hard core veteran shellers. The wind was  blowing 25 to 30 mph out of the northeast. We traveled to secret spot number four and hit the low tide perfect. Nancy found a beautiful alphabet cone. The olives were all over the place, most of them were alive. You could see the tracks of the olives at the tide line. Many miniatures were collected. (The sanibel sisters would have had a heyday) The wind was still strong as we pulled the anchor and went to another spot farther up the beach. The wind was so strong most of the shells were covered with sand. Gary always manages to find something unique. On this trip he found a nice kings crown. I always look forward to taking out this hardy group of shellers. This trip they were extremely hardy dealing with the wind and watching Captian Brian trying to make the anchor hold.