Florida Ladies

Florida Ladies

Great day on the water. Today I had the privilege of taking out three native Floridians. We traveled to Cayo Costa. The weather was perfect. The beaches were full of solitude and stories… I enjoyed listening to stories about old Florida and the shells collected. The ladies enjoyed the beach and beautiful water. We ate an excellent lunch on the boat. Courtesy
of the Florida ladies.The tomatoes were home grown from one of the ladies and the sandwich’s were also homemade. Karen made her special brownies of white chocolate, chocolate and raspberries. They were delicious. After a very nice lunch we observed the grass flats and shell formations that have been around for a long time. The three ladies gave me a treasure of their own. Sharks teeth, a beautiful card, brownies, a glass, a copy of a great book “A gift from The Sea” and a good feel for the Islands.Thank you for all of the above. Brian

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Shellbelle
    Posted at 11:15h, 25 June

    I know how excited Karen was about this trip with you and I can't wait to hear all about it from her! I can see you were the lucky recipient of Karen's thoughtfulness, I treasure the copy of that book she gave more years ago than I can remember and her brownies saved the day when we stayed on Honeymoon Island past sundown. NIce to know that captains, as well as park rangers, love brownies!

    Thanks for all you do to show folks the wonders of the Gulf!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:15h, 25 June

    First I saw the blonde hair and the white hat. I thought "That looks like Karen." Then I saw the sharks teeth and I thought "Ok, that is definitely Karen!" I'm so glad she got to come spend the day with you. Looks like it was a good day for all! P.S. those brownies looked to-die-for!!

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 14:14h, 25 June

    Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time. And boy are they thoughtful…those brownies sound DELICIOUS! MMMMM 🙂

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 23:53h, 25 June

    Good food. Good company. Nice views. Shelling. What more can you ask for?

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 04:56h, 27 June

    Capt. Brian is the best shelling guide evah! It was a super fun day for my cousins & myself. Thanks again Capt. Brian.

  • simone
    Posted at 21:25h, 27 June

    Sounds like a fun time-I'm so jealous. Glad you guys had fun though. I'm a new follower. Cheers

  • iLoveShelling
    Posted at 22:44h, 27 June

    Beautiful day! Okay, why arent we talking about those huge whelks???!!! 😉 LOL Did you find them all that day? And shark eyes too?