"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 3, 2011

May 2 – Everglades City, FL

Day 57 – Lots of Shells No Alligators
Rod and Gun Club Marina

This area is known as Ten Thousand Islands which are a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the coast of Southwest Florida. The 99-mile long Wilderness Waterway begins at Everglades City and ends at Flamingo at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. Some of the southeastern islands in the chain are part of the Everglades National Park. We took the dinghy and explored a few if these islands this morning. We've looked for shells on quite a few beaches in Florida, but none of them were as good as the places we went today. We found a lot of nice shells...Stan always seems to find the best ones. Stan also did a little fishing, but no luck.

We enjoyed the nice pool again this afternoon and spent some time planning our route for the next few days. We will be cruising through a pretty remote part of Florida...no cell service or Internet until we get to Marathon on Wednesday afternoon.

Aerial view of the area (courtesy of the Internet) 
 A few of the islands...not a lot on them
 View from one of the Island we were on this morning
 Susie searches for seashells on the seashore
 Our treasures
 Some people have home grown tomatoes...we have boat grown tomatoes
 Sunset and The Pearl


  1. Hello Stan and Susie! Just wanted to let you know Chris and I here at Tarpon Springs are following your adventures and love what we are seeing. I'm still getting the 'White Pelican' up to snuff. To date I have sanded all the wood, put on a spotlight and a cockpit shower. More to do and will keep in touch. Take care.

  2. Hey Susie! Saw your dad over the weekend (posted a photo for you on FB). We discussed your trip and how excited he is about it! Lovely seeing him. Thanks for the photos, I'm trying to talk Frank into buying a trawler now!