“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”
The good news is rain has arrived in SWFL. There is a huge sucking sound as the parched ground soaks in the late afternoon showers. The trees & landscaping are greening up again. The grass is green & growing. The bad news is any outdoor activity has to be accomplished early in the day to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. Lightning just takes all the fun out of the beach or open water. Back to the good news - NW winds & summer storms bring in the shells! I am re-posting a shelling adventure from last summer where I took off for Sanibel without checking the weather forcast. Duh! I did check the tide chart for the negative low tide but failed to see the tropical depression heading dead-on Sanibel. Kids - do not try this at home. I am a trained shelling professional. Only crazy people go shelling in a storm. Guilty.
Goodbye Earl Goodbye (originally posted 9/1/10)
Someone asked me about Hurricane Earl today. I didn't even know there was a storm out there. I work 50 hours a week. I watch very little tv. Unless they do a weather warning on HGTV I am clueless until my mother heads out to load up on batteries & bottled water.
It's not that I don't care - I guess as a native-born Floridian you become used to the storms. Hurricanes are just what happens in the summer. You just hope they don't happen to you. That's why back in July when Tropical Depression # 5 was on top of Sanibel Island I had no idea. I had checked the tide charts not the weather.
I got up at 4am loaded my visiting sister from Tennessee & niece Pookie into the truck and headed south for a day of shelling. Our first stop was Little Hickory Beach which is southeast of Sanibel Island. The sky was a tiny bit over cast. There was a gorgeous rainbow over the beach and we got lots of pictures. The shelling was ok but not the best so a vote was taken and it was unanimous to head to the mother ship - Sanibel.
|Pookie getting her shell on. **Tip** The parking across the street is free with no time restrictions.|
|Sister from Tennessee at the end of the rainbow|
|Gulfside City Park on Sanibel - I came to shell not surf|
|Pen shells - a dead give away of a storm|
My nutty little band of shellers went out in the storm and had a ball. The waves were wacking down the shell wall and washing all the shells off so you could just pick out the goodies. As we shelled in the rain we laughed at how crazy we probably looked to all the people taking shelter in their cars. Yes, we were soaked and it actually got a little cold. Our hands were all pruney from being wet for so long.
Sister went home with some beautiful shells.
|Lots of fighting conchs, olives, & nice coral|
|All cleaned up|