This morning the husband and I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day! I actually slept in today until 9 AM!! I haven’t slept this late in years! It felt so odd!
I had a breakfast of chocolate milk, a banana, and a slice of blueberry bread with Justin’s Maple Almond butter. Yummy!
Then we headed out to Sanibel Island! Sanibel Island is located near our Condo and is absolutely gorgeous! What surprised us the most was that most of the island is actually closed until later in the year!
The island has no stoplights and posts a lot of these cute signs around asking everyone to remember to drive slowly since it’s a nature preserve.
The view driving over the bridge was just absolutely beautiful and made me realize that there would be so much to see today!
Our first stop once we were over the bridge our first stop was the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.
This museum goes over all the different varieties of shells that can be found on the island and in Florida. I honestly never knew there were so many different varieties! It was a learning experience.
Just the entrance is grand! Those two murals on each side of the doorway and actual photos of displays in the museum! The globe you see when you walk-in is actually spinning and it part of a global display.
I can honestly say, I’ve been to a lot of small museums and this one was laid out SO well, we were both impressed by how well it was.
After seeing all these shells I have been on the hunt for orange shells! I never even knew they existed in that color of orange! Also, those round striped shells were donated to the museum—they are actually only local to a certain area of Cuba and they were so beautiful!
In certain areas of Florida some shells live on trees!
Did you know that sailor’s wives use to make these displays out of shells their sailors would bring home for them? They are so beautiful and 100% made of shells! On the one on the right—even the black writing is actually tons of small black shells!
The museum has a children’s area with a live mollusk pool! I think kids would love getting to see this—if only we had a child 😉
Our next stop was lunch! It was actually kind of hard to find some good places on the island so we decided to try Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grill.
Everywhere on the island is priced pretty high and in big tourists areas that usually means a big bill but crappy food. Well, this place is the exception to that rule! We started with an appetizer of Yucatan Shrimp and they were delicious! We thought $8.95 for 5 shrimp would be crazy but they were jumbo and it was so delicious that we actually thought about coming back later in the day to buy more to go!
The menu said the fish tacos were a #1 seller and I have to admit-they were good! White fish grilled with some cabbage and pico piled on top. This wasn’t ordinary pico—it had tomatoes and some kind of savory sweet fruit, it had the consistency of a melon, mixed in and it made for a wonderful taco! The husband went with the grouper sandwich and I stole a handful of fries—they were pretty tasty!
After lunch we decided to do what people in Sanibel do—hunt for seashells!
I was wearing my new Target clearance sandals (but only for a short time!)
After hunting for seashells we needed to cool down and fast! I found some reviews for Pinocchio’s Ice Cream on the East end of the island. The husband got double dark chocolate and I decided to try the Dirty Sand Dollar. It’s one of their exclusive flavors. It’s a caramel based ice cream with malted milk balls "whoppers" & chocolate flakes. I got a waffle cone and thought “Oh, I’m sure they’ll just put in a scoop or two.” Wow! I was so wrong! That’s like two pints of ice cream on that cone! Needless to say, we both couldn’t finish our ice creams but we sure did try!
For the rest of the day we decided to just hunt for shells and make some dinner in the condo. It was a night calling for relaxing!
Burgers and macaroni cheese with frozen Sangria… ahhh comfort food at it’s best! We’ve got to go out and get some fishing supplies!
Tomorrow we are going to go for an airboat ride. More to come!