The beach was beautiful, but it wasn't exactly shell-laden. The tide was coming in and I think all the shells were hiding under the waves. I managed to collect a decent handful for my ever-growing collection....
Here are a couple of pictures looking up and down the beach. That's Dick sitting under the umbrella in the first one.
Someone made a mermaid in the sand from shells
Here she is a little closer up. She has nice coconuts!
Are those hot dogs or my knees???
Afterward, we drove to the other end of the island to Captiva, another place that had fueled my young imagination. I liked both Sanibel and Captiva, but I think I actually like Captiva a little more. We had lunch at the Mucky Duck, a pub that is right on the beach. The food was great!
It was all around a great day and I finally realized my dream of walking on a Sanibel beach. It's only an hour from us, so we'll go back often and try some of the other beaches too. I mean, you can never have even shells!!