Mary From Minnesota

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.

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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 11:46h, 29 January

    WOW Brian that is so cool you and Mary from Minnesota ran into eachother! And super cool about her showing you that location. How fun for you since you'd never been there before! What a wonderful adventure…I ♥ it!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 00:49h, 31 January

    Love seeing you under the Oak Trees. 🙂
    Fun adventure.