With a sunrise run along the beach high on my To Do List, I raced out the door with camera in hand and sprinted to the bay side of Captiva Island for a quick snapshot of the sunrise Tuesday morning. However, clouds in the horizon hindered my highly anticipated view.
After snapping a few pictures of the cloudy sunrise, I darted back to the gulf side of the island for a run along the beach. The soft sand prevented me to get a good footing and given that Captiva is the seashell capital of the world, I found myself distracted by the volumes of shells that glistened on the shore. As I stopped to collect a few shells to bring back as presents for my daughters, a Great Blue Heron searched for breakfast along the shore.
After about a quarter mile of struggling with the soft surface on the beach, I cut through public park to find a path to run along. As I followed the path, it gave me an opportunity to explore some of the private roads that wind through Captiva.
For the next couple of miles, I weaved in and out of private driveways and backyards of vacant vacation rentals. My husband would have scolded me for snooping and being nosy, but at least I made a mental list of places I would love to stay when we visit Captiva again. And fortunately, I had my camera to remember them all!
Between sneaking through admiring vacation rentals, snapping pictures and collecting seashells, my running time suffered a bit.