31 Jan Shelling The Out Islands
I enjoyed taking Gail and Hal around the islands looking for shells. They got hooked on shelling in Mexico. It was their first time to this area shelling. Our first stop was at a little spot I like to stop at when the wind is just right because nobody shells there. 🙂 We started by finding a tusk shell. Then a paper fig. Hal has a keen eye for finding coquinas and found many doubles of yellow, pink, and blue. After shelling at secret spot number one we cruised to secret spot number two. The day before the wind was out of the west with a big gentle swell pushing in. (I love those gentle swells. I could watch them forever.) Today the Gulf had layed down considerably since I left it 11 hours ago. I had a feeling secret spot number two would be good. It turned out to be very good. We found many olives and a few sand dollars. Gail found many beautiful lighting whelks and one outstanding albino lightning whelk. Hal with his keen eye found two kings crowns, then Gail found the third one of the day not far from where the others were found. Then the beach revealed an elusive scotch bonnet. (I thought of my friend Moria, and then Pam, then I took a photo with shaky hands) It was a great day of shelling. Thank you Hal and Gail. Great finds!