Comments

Here are some comments from people who have participated on past trips. Many have found they have to purchase additional luggage to bring home the shells!


It has been years since I joined you for a trip to the Bahamas. We landed on the wrong island, first try. There existed batik fabrics made there.

I just reviewed your pictures of living shells and was amazed that I have some items and probably didn't appreciate them properly until now. That trip was one I'll never forget, meeting such nice people, having a lot of fun all day.  You gave me a beautiful shell. I got sea sick from the boat and you sent me back early. I was rather a pain perhaps. Anyway thank you again for that great trip and being so considerate of us all. (Andros, year unknown but comment written in 2015.)

I look forward to another trip sometime. The Chub Cay was a lot of fun. Thanks for the introduction to real shelling by snorkeling. (Chub Cay, Bahamas, 2013)

What a wonderful trip in beautiful Loreto & Baja. I am so grateful to you for organizing these trips. The group was exceptional – we might have ended up like family after a little longer.

Like a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat, you found us great shelling spots. Then there was the ride down the back alleys of San Carlos and the whale queen parade. Thanks so much. (Baja, Jan 2012)

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Now that I am almost about to normal..shells cleaned, gear and suitcases put away... and my brain back in order...many many thanks for an exciting self discovery and totally enjoyable snorkeling experience. I have nightly dreams of the beautiful coral reefs I visited and the charming Roatan people..as usual, your planning and care of all of us has made another very happy shell club person..my queen conch looks amazing and cannot wait to show our families visiting this summer what this old broad can do in older age!! (Roatan, 2011)

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I just wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful time and learned so much - Thank you very much for including me in this trip. It was nice meeting you and the other shell lovers on the trip. It was really educational and fun for me. It was really nice of your friend to invite us for dinner and share his love of shells with us. (Key West, 2011)

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Enclosed is my check for the [Eleuthera] trip. I can hardly wait. The Chub Cay trip was SO MUCH FUN that I can't wait to get back to the Bahamas. I love the snorkeling in crystal clear water and the shells were fabulous. As usual you did a super job...I'm looking forward to snorkeling with you in Eleuthera. Again, thanks for the great time. (Chub Cay, 2010)

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Just thought I would once again let you know what a good time we had on the trip, as well as the really big news that the Horse Conch animal came out completely. Now onto working on the outside of the shell.

We were both amazed at the number and variety of species found at Pelican Shoals. Between the two of us, we found 24 dead Cyp acicularis as well as keeping 7 of the many live ones we found. To my surprise 19 of the dead ones had full gloss after drying. I was afraid most would have to be discarded once dry since cowries quickly lose their shine. It's strange that the ratio of live to dead was so different with Cyp cineria. We kept 10 of the many live ones we found, but only found 4 dead. 3 of the 4 dead cineria were good. It seems that the cones or whatever else is eating the cowries have a definite preference for the acicularis.

Finding several bright orange live Chlamys sentis was a real treat. We also had 5 crabbed Cymatium that looked great after bleaching and mineral oil. The crabbed Cypraecassis testiculus also cleaned up like a live shell and it's a shell we never expected to find. Unfortunately the large Atlantic Triton and the King Helmet shells were not the quality we like and were put back rather than kill the animal for a less than perfect specimen. The good news is that I found 2 small Atlantic tritons that we kept.

Anyway, we had a great time and plan on telling people in the club what a productive shelling trip you provided. (Key West, 2008)

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"I just want to say thank you for the wonderful experience in the Bahamas. I loved every minute and stayed very happy for days afterward. There were so many things you did to make our visit even better, and I'm not the only one who noticed. Like setting up the beach trip on Tuesday, bringing me the milk conch and the helmet. I loved it all, even the water cutoff and the sweating. Those things add to the charm." (Bimini, 2001)

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"It is rare these days to get all that you pay for. However, I want you to know how pleased I was with the shelling trip to Mexico. I feel that I got my money's worth, and then some. My friends can't believe all the shells I brought back and are asking me if I would do it again. My answer is always YES. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience. I look forward to joining you again, soon." (Guaymas, 2000)

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"Thank you so much for a very wonderful shelling trip. It exceeded my every expectation...It would be hard to say what was my most favorite stop...It is certainly true that the first stop...was mind- boggling. I had never, never, ever seen such a diverse gathering of beautiful shells on a beach...I would have been happy with just Margarita but the trip to... the beach at Amuay was also amazing..." (Venezuela, 2000)

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"Now that almost all of our shells are cleaned we've REALLY got the shelling bug. We were so surprised at some of the cockle shells we brought back. They are very orange and yellow... really, really special... One Murex in particular just blew us away. It looked gray and faded, but it's actually a very dark burgundy. The music volutes are awesome. We're still in shock over how many really special shells we brought home. We can't believe how many beautiful specimens our group found. What I'm telling you is... you've really done it! We can hardly wait to go shelling again! Bill and I had a tremendous time in Venezuela...now we've decided we BOTH want to go to Mexico in December. Can you stand it? One thing is certain, I'm bringing a lot less clothes and a lot more packing material for shells." (Venezuela, 2000)

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"Peggy had the agenda well-planned so that by the end of the week, we...found more than 1,500 individual shells in more than 80 different species, most of which we had never seen or heard of before...It was truly heaven on earth for us... We were told to each bring an empty suitcase to hold all the shells we would find - definitely not an exaggeration." (Venezuela, 1998)

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I am almost finished with a first run through the Mexico shells. Just a few over 200 species. Must say I was very pleased with the trip. (Guaymas, 2007)

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"...she knew where the seashells would be. She did not disappoint us... took us to beaches that aren't even on the map. We were the only ones there and we felt like explorers...Take lots of film...so you can relive the adventure. Take binoculars for birds, animals, flowers and scenery." (South Africa, 2000)

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"Peggy, if you didn't figure it out, I had a marvelous time at Chub Cay. I was living a dream. You are a great organizer and, of course, your knowledge of shelling and willingness to share is wonderful for someone like me... If this trip was a good example, you also attract good people. You obviously already are attracting your own 'groupies'" (Chub Cay, 2002)

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"How do you FIND these places?!" (Baja, 2005)

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"When you go with Peggy, you always find shells!" (Panama, 2005)

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"A belated thanks again for a great shelling experience. I've been cleaning shells all week and am nowhere near done." (Key West, 2005)

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"I had a wonderful time on the trip, and I want to thank you again for being such a great 'host'. I thought we had a very compatible group, and you were very patient and helpful to us all." (Pacific Northwest, 2005)