Monday, December 12, 2011
6. Best. Day. Ever!
Day 6. My last full day on vacation. And I had the BEST DAY EVER! Prepare to be jealous, envious, and amazed. Seriously.
I left my condo at 6:45 am and headed north. (I didn't get back to Sanibel until 4:45 pm! This was an all day adventure!) When I arrived at Englewood, my day-planner, The Essential Beachcomber, met me with an apple fritter and a smile -- what a great way to start the day, right?! And then she took me -- are you ready? -- SHARKS' TOOTH HUNTING!! I have waited for this day for a LONG time, and it was NOT a disappointment. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do it justice, because I've already forgotten the name of the first beach, but it was on Manasota Key, and it was beautiful.
I had never been there before. I had never even thought of going until I read the descriptions of shark tooth hunting on The Essential Beachcomber. I was hooked then, and I'm even more hooked now. It was fun to see the jumbo sand fleas that she pointed out to me -- on Sanibel I am used to seeing sand fleas that are the size of, well, fleas. On Manasota Key they were enormous, the size of cocktail shrimp. So that was fun, but it was super exciting to see my first tooth in the middle of the shell crush, and then another, and then another.
But she wasn't done with me. Next, we went to Stump Pass, where she produced the most amazing picnic lunch. I have had a lot of good meals this week, but nothing tasted as good as the cuban sandwich, carrots, hummus, and honeydew melon eaten on a tiny spit of land between the Gulf and a small inlet, water on both sides and blue sky above. We found a few more teeth there, and were treated to an amazing display of gopher turtle aggression, with one large turtle beating his head against a smaller one until she ran away. Quite the show.
And if that wasn't enough, she sent me on the road with a candy bar for dessert. Gooey, stickey fingers but no worries, it's a rental car!
Thank you so much, Karen, I can never repay your amazing generosity. Englewood and Dearborn are CRAZY not to make you their official ambassador. I can't wait to return. It was a truly wonderful day.
But that's not all -- I saved the most amazing for last! The Amazing Essential Beachcomber found -- and gifted me -- a nearly intact megalodon tooth. INCREDIBLE! Every bit of this find is unbelievable to me. I can't wrap my mind around the idea of a 40-foot shark, much less that they became extinct millions of years ago. And that they sent this tooth to ME!!