Posted: Jul 27 2011
Sorry, this post was made by Scott and the photo was one of those deleted by Photobucket.
Growing up in the land-locked Chicago suburbs, I went on vacation to Florida with my parents for the first time in 1970. As I stood on the white sand of Apollo Beach and marvelled at the sea life cast ashore, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. It took me another 22 years, but I eventually moved very near there with my wife and son in the summer of '92.
After getting some advice from a friend I soon discovered the unspoiled beauty of Ft. Desoto on Mullet Key, just South of St. Petersburg, and made it my main shell collecting spot. Some years later after getting online, Marlo Krisberg introduced himself to me and soon introduced me to kayaking and microshells.
I was fortunate to make two trips to Eleuthera in the Bahamas with the Cordy's, and another with Jim Miller, Paul Kanner and Mike Schenk. I also made a dozen or more trips to the Keys, Peanut Island, and pretty much hit every good shelling spot I heard of in the state of Florida.
Not long after "Letstalkseashells" was created Marlo came on board, and he made the forum the great resource it is today. I took a back seat to it after moving out of Florida, I'll always be very interested in seashells but since they are not accessible to me in Arkansas I've had to move on to collecting other things and doing some rockhounding.