Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“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

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exploring On A Beautiful Day

The weather was absolutely perfect for exploring. Kathy from Tampa and I covered a lot of different ecosystems. We started on the flats walking and talking about everything we observed. Next it was off to the outer islands. A new sandbar had recently emerged in the Gulf. The wind was calm so we went exploring in "Terra Incognito". I love it when the situation presents itself. After the newly formed sand spit was explored we went to another island. This island was full of wildlife and shells and empty of people. The back country was another gem of surprises on this day. It was a most pleasurable day on the water with Kathy exploring places just off the far horizon.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back In Black

Yes, I am back, back in black. New bottom paint for the Muspa. It was time for a change of color. Grinding and sanding is always no fun. However it gives me time to think. There is nothing more thought inspiring for a water person than laying underneath his or her craft and grinding. Thinking of each scratch on the bottom and knowing where each one came from. I guess it was the long scratch on the bottom two summers ago in June in the Ten Thousand Islands that got me thinking. Maybe it was the dust of the paint. Whatever it was, I have been researching Cape Sable and the plants that were planted there ever since I took my first break grinding. The first Mango recorded  in Florida was in 1883. ( That statement alone sends shivers to my tongue.) To think of this going on in a place that is extremely remote even today makes me wonder.  Could there be a lone tree that is still there?  Some may say no.  I like to think otherwise. (The glass is always half full)  I look forward to exploring that area by boat later this year.  Grinding underneath your boat can lead to many things mostly being sore and very dusty, however this grinding time under my boat led to new possibilities  and adventures in a place I love, The Ten Thousand Islands. And yes I will be glad to be back. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tarpon Lodge with Nancy & Melissa




It was another great adventure with Nancy and Melissa. We started our trip by boating over to the Tarpon lodge for a delicious lunch. then it was off to favorite island number one. The storm clouds were building so we stayed at the north end of the island in a new hiding spot.(it worked great for riding the storm out.)  Nancy found a great whelk while Melissa took pictures of the birds and a rainbow. We followed the rainbow back to Captiva just ahead of the next wave of storms.  Two days later we went on another great cruise. This time the skies were a little more sunny and the dolphins were very playful as we observed sea turtles eating jellyfish.  It was a great day to observe nature on the water.
Thank you Melissa for taking all of the (great) photos above and
thank you Nancy for being the outdoor trooper that you are.
                                                            Capt. Brian