The Johnson Family without Melissa Take Two

The Johnson Family without Melissa Take Two

Brian and Nancy went out for another exploring trip.The seas were a bit rough when we left the marina. Once we were on the gulf, the seas calmed. We went to secret spot 11 then favorite spot number one. We walked for miles, ( did I say miles) We started the day at 6:45 am and got back to the dock at 4:00. My feet still hurt. But it was worth it. Nancy found a beautiful Whelk. We observed bobcat tracks, a stellar sunrise and…… to be continued
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.

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 19:20h, 01 December

    That sky is heavenly. Daybreak is the best,

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 19:20h, 01 December

    What a beautiful whelk! How are the temperatures at 6 am? Seeing the bobcat footprint was pretty cool.

    Last week when we were in KY, we saw a fox run across our front lawn. We don't see that too often. He was gone before I could grab my camera.

  • gpc
    Posted at 19:20h, 01 December

    I haven't seen a whelk that nice in years — what a great find!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:12h, 02 December

    Kaybe, That sky was amazing. I took over 50 photos of the light changing. I was very pleased with all 50.

  • Susan
    Posted at 02:03h, 04 December

    Oh wow.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:13h, 04 December

    Kim – it was about 60 degrees and a bit breezy when we left the marina at 6:45, so not bad. I agree with Kaybe that daybreak is the best. Looking one direction we saw the moon and then turned around and saw the sunrise. And the whelk is fabulous!! I was thinking we should be leaving for another beach because I wasn't seeing much for shells, but Capt. Brian was still taking pictures of the bobcat prints (which were really cool), so I wandered down the shoreline and there was the whelk.