#SANIBELISLANDSAILING AND #MARCOISLANDSHELLING BEFORE #HURRICANEIAN2022
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In 2021, we sailed to Sanibel Island and enjoyed the fishing, bike riding and beauty of the island before Hurricane Ian hit September 2022. Our hearts go out to those who lost so much. This video is in remembrance of Sanibel. While there we visited the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Shell Museum (better than it sounds!), and caught snook.
It was a beautiful sail back to Marco Island, averaging 11 knots SOG with over 19 AWS, followed by a calm night anchored in front of the beach.
Back at the dock, Stephen worked on his bird deterrent methods. The bird droppings and seeds they leave behind are an issue on the docks. So, Stephen fabricated a medieval spike device and we placed it on the top of our mast. It helped somewhat, but then they decided to land on the spinnaker sheet and the rigging. Recently Stephen read a book called “The Fuzz”, which discusses all of the ways that park ranges deal with wildlife and the bottom line is - nothing will work. It may work for a couple of hours, but they always figure it out and move to their next favorite spot.
So, Christmas decorations just had to distract us from the bird problem.
00:10 Sailing to Sanibel Island
01:05 Sanibel JN DING Darling national wildlife refuge, Shell Museum
01:50 Fishing for Snook
03:10 Let’s go swimming!
04:00 Busy Sanibel Inlet
04:34 Marco Island Beach side anchorage
05:58 Bird deterrent methods for our boat
09:33 Christmas Holiday Marina Decorations
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