About Christel Walke

Freelance writer with wanderlust and two amazing teen boys. Loving life on Fort Myers Beach and beyond. Travel to live. Live to travel.



imagePurple sea whip is a soft coral.
It’s a funky animal, not a plant.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Subclass: Octocorallia

Order: Alcyonacea.

#beachwalke #beachscience #inmybackyard #fortmyersbeach #stupidtourist #swflbeaches #sciencebitch #beachnerd #whip

Dark and Stormy


Waited too long to walk tonight. Cue the crazy horizontal lightening. Holed up in a parking garage now. Pretty good show though. Enjoying every soggy minute.  #beachwalke #enjoyeveryminute #goslings rum #fortmyersbeach #storm

Things to do Before I Grow Up

Drink a Dark ‘n’ Stormy (or two) in Bermuda. Preferably while watching a storm pass. Indoor location with a seaside view preferred. Must be authentic with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and real ginger beer. Use of any other rum in a Dark ‘n’ Stormy is actually prohibited by law in Bermuda. Accept no substitutes. Mixology credit: British sailors circa WWI.  So thirsty!

Vegans Take Over Florida Beaches


Found on Fort Myers Beach tonight. I get the avocado, but who brings a sweet potato to the beach? #veganvacation #fridaynightfoodie #notsanibel #beachwalke

Things to do Before I Grow Up

Veg out at the beach.

Great Egret Goes Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico


Things to do Before I Grow Up

Fish like a master.

I spotted this graceful guy catching dinner just before sunset. Standing over three feet tall with brilliant white plumage and a bright yellow beak, my nightly beach walk never disappoints.  #greategret #inmybackyard #beachwalke #beforeigrowup #fortmyersbeach #floridabirds

Hop Along Jim


The bad news is he’s slightly unstable. The good news is he’s still got a leg to stand on. #pegleg #piratepigeon #beachwalke 

Things to do Before I Grow Up

Rescue an animal in need.