Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day 35 on Captiva

Today is Saturday and we have only one more week here on the island.  We will be driving home next Saturday am.  It is cool here but it may be good for shelling with all the winds from the last couple days.  I bundled up and headed over to the beach just after sunrise to check for shells.  Shells have not been as plentiful and varied this year ...probably because of the beach restoration done recently.   That is probably the cause of fewer birds on the beach as usual  this year.  I did collect a few shells but will probably not keep them....no exciting finds.

The surfers and paddle boarders were out in the gulf this morning taking advantage of the waves.  I tried to capture the look of the morning and some of the action in photos and video:




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After some warm hot chocolate and later a lunch of clam chowder and BLT's ,  Al and I went out to the beach.  We were welcomed by an Eagle flying over the gulf who was maybe chased or being chased by an Osprey.  We wrapped up in our beach chairs as if we were on the deck of a cruise ship  The video below shows the intensity  of the waves and that the winds are still high.
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Dinner tonight was at Traditions at 6:15.  The entertainment was  Joe McCormick & Marvilla Marzan
                            
        
 
 For dinner, we shared  oysters on the half shell and a Julius Caesar Salad.  Al ordered the Grilled Veal Chop with porcini mushrooms bordelaise sauce and Gratin potatoes.  I had the grouper special served with crab meat on the top and potatoes. 
Andrea spent time visiting with us even though the restaurant was very busy..  The entertainment was great  and Saturday night seems to be very popular with the local crowd.   A lot of people were here for the dancing.

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