“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, January 28, 2012

Mary From Minnesota











You never know who you will run into on the island. Today, I went to the north end of Cayo Costa for a cookout. I heard a lady say, "I am Mary from Minnesota". Last December I brought her and her daughter from the south end of the island up to the cabins. We were the only three people on the island that day. She has been camping on the island since the 80's . Her knowledge of the island intrigues me and she is a wealth of knowledge.
Today, she asked if I had ever been to a certain part of the island which she described with great detail. After many minutes of thought, I told her I had not been there. She asked if I wanted to go. That took all of 2 seconds to decide. We traveled to the location, boating then hiking for awhile. WOW!!!!! Did I say, "WOW!"  The spot she took me to was amazing!  It was a spot I had never been to before. The Joe Wood Tree in the third photo up is the largest species I have ever witnessed. The whole place was unbelievable. The oaks were stunning. The elevation intriguing. I enjoyed today immensely. I look forward to learning and researching more about the unusual location I was shown today. Thank you Mary from Minnesota for showing me a place on Cayo Costa I did not know existed. I am still mystified.