Daily Diary ~ So sad to say goodbye to Sanibel Island #Savedbytheshell

We were so sad to leave Sanibel Island yesterday! We have truly fallen in love with the area! I can’t even tell you how ready we already are to plan another trip to Sanibel and Captiva Island.

Sanibel Sunrise

Our final morning was spent relaxing on the beach and shelling. We woke up early and headed to the beach outside of the West Wind Inn. I can not believe the number of shells that are right outside the hotel. The walk along the beach was gorgeous. It’s funny when we first walked out we were picking up a ton of shells and then we realized that we could actually be picky about the shells we picked up.

We were able to fill a couple of bags with a great selection of shells. There were so many cool shells right on the beach…. 

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Daily Diary ~ Sanibel Island Wildlife Spectacular #Savedbytheshell

We have fallen madly deeply in love with Sanibel Island! We have been here 2 days and are already talking about when we are going to come back again.

Winter seems like the perfect time to come back down for a visit. Snow on the ground in Spokane and warm and sunny in Sanibel = paradise!

Seriously this island is crazy amazing! Yesterday we spent the day exploring and saw so much wildlife it was awe inspiring.

sanibel roseate

The morning started early at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. We turned around a corner and there were tons of bright pink Roseate Spoonbills along with egrets and herons just waiting for us to take their picture.

One word of caution make sure you pack a lot of bug spray with you. There are these tiny little No See Um Bugs which are pretty wicked. We forgot the bug spray at the hotel yesterday morning and well we paid for it.

The birds were amazing! AND I had serious camera envy looking at some of the professional photographer lenses and cameras that were set up. Oh my gosh the cameras are worth like 10X the value of my car. Oh if only one would magically appear in my Christmas stocking :-)… 

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Daily Diary ~ An amazing day of birds, lightning and so much more! #savedbytheshell

WOW! Our 2nd day on Sanibel Island was amazing!

We started the day at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge with a tour of the refuge by Park Ranger Becky. You all know my Husband is a Park Ranger so he was beyond excited to talk with Becky about the area. This tour was ah-mazing!!!!!!

I am not sure which part was more fun…seeing all of the birds or just listening to my Husband and Becky talk ranger talk…

They swapped stories and had a great time comparing life as a ranger on 2 different sides of the country.

We saw Roseate Spoonbills on the tv screen at the refuge as soon as we walked in the door. They have a live camera feed showing them in the water and we were ready to go. Would you believe the little pink rascalls flew off before we got to the area………

Stinkers! Don’t worry we are heading back there early in the morning on Sunday to see them again.

sanibel palm trees

We spent the rest of the day really relaxing and checking out the island. If you visit Sanibel you need to stop at Pinocchio’s for ice cream! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!! It is so dang good!… 

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Giveaway ~ Britax Affinity Stroller

I am really excited to announce that we have partnered with some amazing blogging friends to bring you this giveaway!
We are giving away a Britax Affinity Stroller in the color combo of the winner’s choice! There are 18 possible color combos to chose from!
Britax giveaway
Make sure and check out Glamamom’s Britax Affinity Stroller Review to see more about this great stroller!  Want to learn a bit more about the Britax Affinity Stroller check out…

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