Merry Christmas from Captain Brian

Merry Christmas from Captain Brian

Merry Christmas from the Islands! The shells in the photos were all self collected in the last 17 years from my favorite beach. I am thankful to walk on this beach as much as I do. Every day is a gift.  May your days be filled with low tides and blue skies. I thought I would share a quote from a lady who used to explore the beaches of Captiva.
I think of this quote often, as I walk my favorite beach.
“The waves echo behind me. Patience- Faith -Openness…
is what the sea has to teach.
Simplicity – Solitude – Intermittency …
But there are other beaches to explore.
There are more shells to find.
This is only the beginning.”
-Ann Morrow Lindbergh.

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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 22:37h, 21 December

    Merry Christmas to my favorite Sea Captain! The first photo of you could be a Christmas card – very nice.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 22:37h, 21 December

    I do believe this is my most favorite post ever!! I LOVE it!

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 04:14h, 22 December

    Merry Christmas Captain Brian, it's been a pleasure to meet you and talk with you this year, and I hope to continue our conversations next year!! Thank You so much for sharing your paradise with us with your wonderful pictures and stories from our favorite place!!

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 10:44h, 22 December

    I agree with Jen – this has to be my new favorite post of yours. Christmas blessings to you & yours.

  • Sonja
    Posted at 17:45h, 22 December

    Merry Christmas! I would love to go back to that place–we loved it last March!

  • Along A Widowed Road
    Posted at 23:21h, 22 December

    Hey Captn Brian,
    I'm visiting compliments of your sister, Jen.
    You blog post for a Merry Christmas is one of peace.
    How beautiful.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Viola from along a widowed

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:47h, 23 December

    Hi Brian, stopping by thanks to your sis! Jen was right this a wonderful post. Very creative and heartfelt.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Kansas! I am so happy that you and Jen found each other, she is by far one of the best!

    Jodi R.

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 15:29h, 23 December

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:55h, 24 December

    Happy holidays from our family to yours, Brian. Love your posts! Corly and Paul

  • Shellbelle
    Posted at 01:25h, 26 December

    Merry Christmas Captain Brian, to you and yours.

    I'm so happy I stopped in today to see this wonderful post, it warmed the "cockles" of my soul.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 12:45h, 27 December

    LOVE this post! Merry Christmas to our favorite Captain! Happy holiday wishes to the rest of the family, too!

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:45h, 29 December

    Happy new year to you and your family! Looks like 2012 is set to be wonderful. Thank you for making such a great blog post – love the Lindbergh quote.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:20h, 30 December

    Good luck in the Glades, Brian. I still think of the story you told us of finding all of those alphabet cones down there! Our trip with you this past July is one of my family's favorite memories of the year. BTW, my football team went 6-6 this year. We lost in the sectional championship. Take Care.

    Coach Roeder

  • Moira
    Posted at 23:56h, 31 December

    What a great way to wish us "Merry Christmas"!!
    Hope you have a great New Year, too. See you in a few short months!!