A couple times I have tried walking from Turtle Beach to Casey Key. Each time I have good intentions of getting there and getting the exercise I need walking through that soft sand. Each time I just can’t wait to see what it looks like along the way. And each time I look forward to saying, “I did it!”
That was the plan today. Siesta Key beach was flying a double red flag so we decided it wasn’t a good idea to try to swim or float. So, we packed the four of us in the Windstar with a bag of towels and headed to Turtle Beach. The parking lot was not even half full of cars. We got a spot easily. Just for the sake of it I brought along 2 buckets and, of course, my little bag I carry my keys, drivers license and phone in. It’s big enough that I can fit a few shells in it if I need to.
We headed south. The surf was not as angry as it had been all week but you could still tell there had been a storm. We passed the condos and a few houses. A shell here, a shell there…they we’re hugh, though. Some of the largest cockles you may have ever seen, but they were also broken. We saw a storm damaged home (the pink house, we call it). Looks like the sea just burst through the dune separating it from the house. I quickly spotted the mound of shells.
A shell fanatic’s dream come true. Mounds and mounds of shells washing up and down with the tide. More than I had seen in Sanibel. More than I had seen the other time I tried walking from Turtle Beach to Casey Key. We couldn’t resist but to stop and start picking. Good thing I brought the buckets! Olives, welks, fighting conchs, an apple murex or two. There were a ton of clams, scallops and of course the largest cockles you’ve ever seen, unbroken. We filled our buckets, my little bag, pockets and then the boys tucked some in the front of their shirts to carry.
As you figured we never made it to Casey Key. We couldn’t go any farther south…the buckets were too heavy, so our only option was to go home. Casey Key will have to wait for another day…again.