|North Jetty Park in Nokomis,Florida or as the locals say "no shirt, no shoes, No komis" - hey it's a fishing village|
Some things never change. I have never been an early riser. I can do it but it is physically and mentally painful. I am definitely not a morning person. I'm not crabby just not really conscious. I call it "climbing out of the cellar". As a kid my mom would have to drag me out of bed for school. Now, if we were going somewhere good...... like Disney World.... I wouldn't even need an alarm clock. I'd be up, dressed, & sitting in the car ready to hit the road.
My work schedule rotates my days off. Every once in a while I have to work 9 days straight. The good news is - you have the week end off! The bad news is - your schedules bump together and you won't have a day off for 9 days. So, as I left work last night at 10:30pm and squealed out of the parking lot, I had every intention of going home and getting some much needed rest. I can sleep in as late as I want tomorrow, Yay!
I tried. After staring at the ceiling for an hour with sleep eluding me, I reached over in the dark and grabbed my iPod touch. Laying in bed I checked my email- caught up on my favorite blogs - looked at Facebook - checked my tide chart app......whoa Nellie! hold on. Low tide @ 6am. My favorite. The sun is not up yet so no one has really walked the beach and snagged all the goodies.
After seeing this green pea sheller on the i Love Shelling blog that found a Junonia at Blind Pass on Captiva, I was hankering for some shelling action. We have a jetty in my neck of the woods similar to the jetty on Captiva except the North Jetty in Nokomis is a fishing jetty and much longer but it faces the same way. There is usually a big shell pile this time of the year at low tide.
So I set my alarm for 6am. When it went off I jumped out of bed, got myself ready, and was out the door by 6:15am. A large Dunkin Donuts Coffee and coffee cake muffin later I was at the jetty.
|Sunrise at the North Jetty in Nokomis, Florida|
I took a scouting walk first before I carried all my stuff out. I didn't want to load myself down like a pack mule if there was nothing going on. As soon as I walked out and spotted that huge shell pile I turned on my heels and skedaddled back to my truck. I grabbed my big bucket, shell shovel, and my garden digging tool.
|Big honkin shell pile|
|Another month and this pile will be loaded with goodies|
No junonia for me today but in the light of the early morning sun I was actually sending Green Pea good thoughts and wishing him yet another great day of shelling on Sanibel.
|The tide was rushing in quick about 9am|
|Going, going, almost gone till the next low tide|
|Nice orange scallops for GeeGee's crafts|
|Calico Clams were the shell du jour|
|The tulips are broken but a sign of what is yet to come in winter|
|Nice pieces of coral|
|Just need the perfect jar|