Published: November 13th 2010November 11th 2010
On Friday, we disconnected from our site at Periwkle Park on Sanibel Island and headed to Pine Island, which is its own funky version of Paradise.
This was our first stay (had always day tripped here) in the Sanibel/Captiva area. Our week was outstanding! Periwinkle RV Park folks are great - we met some 30 of them at their nightly sunset gathering the other evening. The garden setting, wild life ponds with native birds and ducks, tropical bird aviary, and proximity to beaches, restaurants, and attractions like the fab Ding Darling Nature Preserve put this camp ground on the five star list. Here's a little record of our last day here.
Morning shelling at the Light House Beach. Breakfast at the Light House Cafe (they tout themselves as having the best breakfasts in the world! The may well be right. Back to the beach for low tide. The sandbar is almost visibly above water. Looking for Wentletraps - beautiful little white elongated shells (name in German means spiral staircase)! Also concentrating on the tinest, most perfect specimins.
No need for lunch. On to the Tarpon Bay section of Ding Darling and a Mangrove Kayak Trail.
Two hours in a tandem kayak outfitted to code for $30! We saw so much wild life and had a great afternoon. The tide was with us entering the mangroves, we (Wes) had to paddle a little more on the way back.
Farewell dinner at the Lazy Flamingo - we tried to get in at the Island Cow (35 min wait) - What is this island like during peak season?
We took a walk over to Lovegrove Gallery on Periwinkle a lot away from the RV Park. We were familiar with Leoma Lovegrove from her Matlacha, Pine Island Gallery. The work is thrilling as always - love her Beatles series, love her fantasy furniture, fish, birds, more! Hope you like the pictures. In Matlacha I wasn't allowed to take photos; but when Wes said it was for a travel blog with lots of subscribers; we got the OK!
There is a great bead shop near Lovegrove's. I bought a little hand drill for safely putting holes in seashells.
Re: owning VS renting Kayaks --- Hard to determing how can we beat the rental - if we owned this kayak (an investment as we don't
Shelling on the Sandbar
The water is remarkably warm. Most of the Sand Dollars on this sandbar are alive. We don't take living shells. Wouldn't even if they didn't smell and carry a huge fine! This is where the hermit crabs were found living in the conch shells. We let them go.
fit well into cheesy kayaks), we would need a cartop carrier (an investment), it wouldn't fit on the jeep (ergo rental car, an investment), we would risk some sort of an issue getting it on the car, we would risk some sort of "to do" taking it off the vehicle, we wouldn't have the benefit of nice, cute, strong young guys getting us into (and out of) the kayak (arguably the hardest part of Kayaking). Sometimes the cute guys even put you and the equipment into a truck, head upstream, and let you out where you can float back to their outfitting center hardly paddeling at all .... SWEET!
There are more photos below