Are you ready for the first annual National Seashell Day on June 20th? If not, it’s not too late to make plans to hit the beach with bucket and shovel in hand for a little treasure hunting Florida style.
This year’s inaugural seashell event is something created by The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, a sheller’s paradise. I’m not sure why it’s scheduled for a Monday, but it seems like a good excuse for a long weekend.
The fifty miles of white sand beaches in Lee County are a perfect place to start or add to a shell collection, but they certainly don’t have a monopoly on this beachy pastime.
It’s nearly impossible for me to walk on the beach without picking up at least a pocketful of shells. You’ll find shells in the cup holder in my car, on the dresser, in my purse and in the washing machine.
Bettie Lou, my mother-in-law, celebrated her own version of National Seashell Day starting forty years ago, scheduling annual trips to Sanibel or Captiva collecting bucketfuls of shells. In fact, we have some of her treasures displayed on the wall and others in a vase on the end table.
Her shelling addiction resulted in more than one parking ticket as she wasn’t one to let a little thing like a No Parking sign prevent a shelling expedition. And she didn’t complain about the $35 tickets…just the cost of having a little fun. GO TO SHELL could have been her personal motto.
I’m not sure if I’ll be on the beach on the “official” National Seashell Day next week, but I’ll be in Sanibel in July doing the famous “Sanibel Stoop” lathered in sunscreen, wearing my hat and sunglasses, carrying a bucket and shovel looking for the elusive lion’s paw.
Where’s your favorite beach for shelling?