Sanibel Island, Florida Part 1…
I found my new favorite place on planet Earth… Sanibel Island, Florida.
My hubby and I have been talking and dreaming of taking a trip to Sanibel for 15+ years. We finally made it there! It’s a tiny island off the coast of southern Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for it’s abundance of sea shells. In fact, people from all over the world visit the island for the sole purpose of collecting sea shells. And that’s exactly why we went… to collect sea shells! Or as my hubby likes to say, “She’s hording sea shells”!!!
I cannot lie… I’m a collector. A collector of many things. But nature is one of my favorite things to collect! I collect rocks, sticks, leaves, pods, nut shells, bark, sand, burned wood (which is natural charcoal, great for drawing!), sea weed and yes, little houses that have been vacated by sea creatures… SEA SHELLS!!! I doodle them, keep them in jars & bowls and I use them in art.
Sanibel Island was a treasure trove of collectables!
We arrived in the evening just before sunset. We went straight to the beach to see what it was like and I nearly lost my mind! Sea shells were EVERYWHERE!!! I didn’t have anything with me to put shells in except for my pockets! Which is why I’m a big fan of cargo shorts and pants (I wear them all the time so I always have a place to store found treasures)! And I stuffed my pockets with as many shells as I could!
And just outside our room was a station to wash all of your collected shells. Brilliant, is the person who thought to build that outdoor sea shell washing sink!!!
This is what the beach looks like. It’s crushed shells mixed with the sand. And there are whole shells peppered all over the place. You never know what you will find!
The beach is definitely my favorite place to be. Growing up in New Orleans on the Gulf Coast, we went to the beach every summer when I was a kid. I think the sun, sand and sea seeped into my soul and became a part of me. It’s a calming and peaceful place where you can let go, relax, slow down and listen.
Here we are… We’ve been married for 22 years! Don is my best fellow adventurer!
This is the end of Sanibel Island part one… Part two promises sea treasures galore!!!