Relaxing and Exploring

Relaxing and Exploring

Last week I traveled with one of the first clients I guided as a shell guide in 1994, Hannah Millman.  This trip was nothing but relaxing and exploring and seeing old friends. Hannah and her sister Lizzy along with Clarice traveled with me to Boca Grande.  Hannah drove across Boca Grande Pass while I talked about the history of the Island sitting in the passengers seat up front. Hannah did a great job driving as we cleared Boca Grande Pass. After landing in Boca Grande we  visited old friends. Lisa Hall who makes unbelievable jelwerly out out beach glass was at Boca for two weeks( she is based out of Maine check her out). She had just returned from collecting sea glass in a location that  was intriguing.  A great time was had traveling around the island. We had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Temptation’s. After lunch we traveled farther south in the back country exploring the nooks and crannies of Cayo Costa. I always enjoy exploring the back country of Cayo Costa and seeing old friends.

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.

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