Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blogging from paradise, Sanibel Island, FL




This morning my wife and I woke up in paradise, the Island of Sanibel in the West Coast of Florida. For the last 20 years my family and I have been coming to this island for our summer vacation (a couple of weeks of well deserve R and R). Our two daughters will join us this weekend after their school year is over, both are teachers.

This year we are mindful of the terrible environmental disaster happening a few hundred miles west of us in the Gulf of Mexico, we are all hoping that this wonderful island is spared such calamity. The Coast Guard has told local officials that the chances of this area been affected by oil is less than 10%, but with so much of the oil spill on the news, the drop in tourism is noticeable on the island.
If anything positive can come out this disaster, is that drilling offshore is not the answer to our energy crisis, and we most demand from worthless politicians to find alternative ways. There is so much Mother Nature can do to keep fixing our mistakes.

Here is my wife practicing our favor Sanibel sport of Shelling, we spend hours walking the beach looking for shells, I don’t know why I do it, but once I get going I can’t stop. After gardening it is the most relaxing activity I can think of.

11 comments:

Antique ART Garden said...

What a peaceful family time you are having ! I am a big sheller myself, hours of walking and searching. Good luck, enjoy, Gina

Rainforest Gardener said...

We go there every now and then too, but usually its too busy for our taste. Since Sea glass and sea beans are my specialty, I prefer the east coast beaches for beachcombing, though there's lots of fun wildlife to be found on the west coast.

Tootie said...

I can tell from your photos that you are getting around on the island. :) I think it is a relaxing time of year here. I hope you find lots of shells to your liking. :) Maybe we will run into you and your family sometime.

Tootie said...

I forgot to mention that your garden looks absolutely beautiful and a peaceful place to spend time.

ChrisC said...
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ChrisC said...

We go there as often as we can.I'm sure you'll have a relaxing vacation.How could one not?

Darla said...

I do hope you have a wonderful time with your family...good luck finding some great shells.

sanddune said...

Great place to watch the sun set into the ocean. It is quite unique for east coast residents. Have a great vacation!

Kimberly said...

Oh, I'm very envious right now! I've been yearning for a trip across the state for a while. You'd think I still live in Chicago! I've collected shells and rocks since I can remember, and have the proof. It's difficult to pass up the beauty and intricate detail of each one. Enjoy!!

Wicked gardener said...

Ohhhh. . . Rub it in why don't ya'? I love Sanibel!

Rainforest Gardener said...

By the way, I noticed your blog in the latest Florida Gardening Magazine! Way to go!