Into The Mystic With Caryn and Elizabeth

Into The Mystic With Caryn and Elizabeth

We left the dock in the fog and returned in the fog. The compass did its job but it was Van Morrison that lead us out of the marina and brought us back. Caryn and Elizabeth chartered the boat for the day and what a day it was. We covered miles of beach in the on and off again fog. Strangely enough in the fog, the water was very clear. We took advantage of this and walked the shallow waters looking for shells in the back country. I pushed the boat as we walked. The birds were hunkered down in the fog. We saw great egrets, snowy egrets and the rare reddish egret. We also witnessed an osprey on the beach with a sheepshead fish in its talons. The birds seemed to be acting different in the fog. When the fog lifted a little we headed to a local island outpost for a delicious lunch. Then it was back to the beach for more shelling. Caryn found a nice scotch bonnet, a britle star, kings crowns and they both found zig zag scallops.
It was a great day of exploring…..Into the Mystic. Thanks Van.

Capt. 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.

  • Jules
    Posted at 19:14h, 26 February

    Beautiful day's journey! (And fab song choice :)!)You show on your blog the area in the way so many others miss – all the natural beauty in all it's depth and glory. You were the captain on our little morning cruise to Cayo Costa on our most recent trip a few weeks ago and we will definitely be chartering with you personally next time we are down! We always go to Cayo Costa for at least a day trip, but I think you can do even better! Can't wait to share these pics with my son and husband this afternoon. Thanks for the bits of vicarious bliss!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 19:14h, 26 February

    What a great trip! Wonderful photos!! I love the pics of your boat and the osprey photos are amazing. Seeing him on the ground with his catch is really something. Melissa would have gone crazy with her camera 🙂 I had Van and Into the Mystic and Moondance rocking the truck on the way to work – it helped me forget this frigid place for a bit – thanks!!!

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 22:34h, 28 February

    I agree….AWESOME pics Capt. Brian!! Makes those of us up North feel the warmth!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!