Friday, May 2, 2008

Maribel goes to Captiva


This is my very most favorite place to visit, Captiva Island, Florida. Legend has it that the barrier islands were a haven for infamous pirates. “The Buccaneer Coast” attracted the notorious Jose Gaspar to the region in the early 1800s, where it was rumored that he buried his stolen treasure on Sanibel, and then built a prison on “Isle de los Captivas,” or Captiva Island, where he kept his female prisoners “captive” for ransom. Gaspar himself was captured in 1821 by the U.S. Navy, but wrapped himself in chains and jumped overboard off his ship, rather then face imprisonment.




Well, that's what happened to Gaspar, this is what happened to his pet squirrel, Maribel.

Do you like her gold teeth?
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22 comments:

Karen from A`Musements said...

You're a crazy old wench, now aren't ye?! And does PETA know what the likes of yer kind has been doin' to the tiny furry inhabitants of the isle? They'll have ye walk the plank they will, or worse make ye watch the weather channel for a week! Now don't just sit there readin'... come see me on The Lady of The Sea, and we'll take the old tub for a spin around the cove...

p.s. Looks like 'last minute' agrees with you...

KarenHarveyCox said...

Uh oh, poor poor pet squirrel. But that Buccaneer Coast sure looks enchanting, Gasper sounds like a brave old pirate to me. Karen

High Desert Diva said...

Poor Maribel. Actually, I'm enamored with her troll hair.

Donna O'Brien said...

I bet if Maribel knew of her fate ahead of time she would have buried some chains for herself instead of nuts!! No chains neccessary on our voyage- just comic relief and you've got that covered!!
D.

Melissa Valeriote said...

Never thought of using glitter that way before... and I don't think I will again. Enjoy the Soiree! Off to set sail again.

Dorian Fletcher said...

I wouldn't mind being held captive on Captiva. Do the squirrels there save coconuts? Perhaps that is why Maribel has gold teeth.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Creepy!! LOL! Love the story too!!

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Love it! Had no idea of the history of Captiva Island. (Why would I, never having been there - woe is me.)

I think I'll go check on my monkey... he seems to have wandered off. Wouldn't want him to suffer the same fate as Maribel!

Magpie Sue

Lady Lavona said...

Hey Christie! You know how I share your love for bones. I have some little antique taxidermy delights and bones that I'll be posting in my Etsy shop...keep yer eyes peeled! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! xo Lavona

Designs by CK said...

Neat - O story and pics! '-)

Happy Saturday!

CK

Nancy said...

Poor Maribel...never quite pictured cute little squirrels like that!

Have a fun day!

Christine LeFever said...

Ah, little Maribel knows Serenity Now,aye?

Cheers to ye matey for ye know 'ow to make an old pirate laugh!

Christine

Zwee!!!!!!

Du Buh Du Designs said...

I have to say this is the first pet squirrel that I've seen today! Sorry to hear about her sad ending but hey..she still looks great! Happy Soiree!
~Christine

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful photo of the Buccaneer Coast. Then again that photo of johnny is kind of captivating too.

Having fun seeing what everyone has posted on the pirate theme.

Once Upon A Notion said...

Christie - I am in love with Maribel! Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places in all the earth! I hope you had a swashbuclin' good time today. hey matey's - where is my rum?

yellowdog granny said...

i've had my dealings with them fecking squirrels..she got what she deserved...
that is lovely counry...and i love the boots..

fated follies studio said...

i could get lost in that photo. enjoy the rest of the weekend.

jenny

Fete et Fleur said...

The squirrel skull is perfect! Love the gold teeth.

Nancy

Christine LeFever said...

Your post took the prise for my funny bone. It is peculiarly one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I shall have to visit you from time-to-time just to see more of your interesting mind. Marabel will be a name marked in my brain as a humor trigger.

Christine

Zwee!!!!!!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

female prisoners? Sounds racy!

Owlfarmer said...

Maybe this is why Robert Rauschenberg settled and died on Captiva. It would offer much in the way of creative fodder. Thanks for enlightening me.

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