Thursday, January 17, 2013

Minus Low Tide (part 2)

The tide was rising at Blind Pass and it was getting a little too crowded for my shelling sensibilities so Jenonia, Pookie, & myself moved south to Lighthouse Beach. 

Lighthouse Beach is on the opposite end of Sanibel Island from Blind Pass.  It's about a 15 minute drive.
Jenonia was happy to hold her first sea star or starfish.  Of course, the sea star went back in the water where we found him.

After taking my advice to look on the wrack line for what looks like coffee grounds - Jenonia got the eye for Wentletraps immediately. 

Lighthouse Beach is loaded with photo opportunities. 

We arrived to Little Hickory beach access #10 to find the shoreline littered with fighting conchs left behind by the receding low tide.

The fighting conchs were all alive.  They hunker down until the rising tide washes them back to the water.

This little spit of sand is the very northern end of Little Hickory Island on Bonita Beach. It is a 15 minute walk from the public beach entrance.  No concessions, no potties but lots of shells.

Jenonia will leave no sand bar unturned but what crystal clear water to walk in.

Winter always brings the migrating sea birds to gather in droves at the end of the beach.

This live lightning whelk was the biggest Jenonia had ever seen.  If you spend alot of time on the water the waist pack Jenonia is wearing is worth a closer look.

The Overboard waist pack is the coolest pack ever!  The main compartment is a roll down dry sack perfect for cameras, iPhones & other small electronics that need to stay dry on the beach.

There are 2 jetties on the north end of Little Hickory and you can almost bet there will be shells piled up next to the rocks.  It's always a good idea to pack a hand rake to dig with instead of your bare hands.

Beach access #10 is worth the walk out to the end.  The view is a panoramic look at the Gulf of Mexico surveying Sanibel, Ft. Meyers Beach, & Lover's Key. 

We started at 2 am and covered 3 beaches traveling about 40 miles to visit each one. 

Life is a beach and I'm just playing in the sand.