Summer Time

Summer Time

A few of you have asked what I have been up to this summer, so I thought I would give you all an update.  In June I had a little down time with family and I also started volunteering one day a week at Cayo Costa State Park on their Turtle Patrol which has been educational and rewarding to be able to help document sea turtle nests.  In July I had the honor and privilege of carrying the Prisoner Of War Flag along with my veteran friend Captain Dave Godfrey carrying the United States Flag at Sanibel’s Annual 4th of July Parade.

  Summer time also means longer humid days, regular afternoon thunderstorms and one of my favorite fruits – the MANGO!  I went to the 23rd Annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden  in Miami which I highly recommend for anyone more curious about this world renowned tropical fruit with over 650 documented varieties. So, you may ask, what is your favorite mango Capt Brian? Well, I it’s hard to say with so many different varieties, you will have to do some taste testing yourself if you have the opportunity to visit south Florida in the summer.
   For those of you who are regular followers, you may notice that I am posting less on my blog, but it’s not because I’m not busy.  The writer and photographer in me just needs a break sometimes. I have also started an Instagram account (CaptBrianCaptiva) where you may find a few pictures snapped with my phone when I’m on the water.
  Hope you all are having a great summer!  See you soon.  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.

  • Cindy Senkar
    Posted at 15:38h, 20 July

    So happy to see the new post! Love the pictures – the last one is t-shirt worthy!! So cool that you're volunteering on Cayo Costa. Please remember to check nests 23 & 24. I suspect Jackie and I are turtle mommas. Hope to see you soon.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 00:00h, 21 July

    Great photos. And it is nice to see the updated post. I am sure it is very exciting to be involved with the turtle nest program and to know that you are helping make a huge difference in the success of many hatchlings. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 21:58h, 21 July

    All the activities can actually be very refreshing to your soul!! So recharge yourself, enjoy your time with family and on the water, and I'll be looking forward to our next time together!

  • Susan
    Posted at 01:10h, 22 July

    Yay for you. Glad you're having a wonderful summer.