As you drive down Camino Del Mar towards Ocean’s Reach you cannot help but notice the lovely palm trees lining the drive. On August 13th 2004 hurricane Charley devastated Ocean’s Reach. After an 18 month renovation these trees were planted on Camino Del Mar, each tree being donated in honor or in memory of someone special by folks who love Ocean’s Reach. The memorial plaques are now displayed together on a beautiful piece of granite which has been placed at the west side of The Grove. Seeing all the names in one place, truly ties everyone together and it was the TOGETHERNESS that brought Ocean’s Reach back from the wrath of Charley.
Bob Paulson, a regular winter guest, started his kite flying right here on the beaches at Ocean’s Reach 12 years ago. He uses a double line stunt kite. The double line is more challenging and more engaging than a single line and it provides the ability for better control and the opportunity for doing more maneuvers. Frequently while flying his kites, Bob will draw interested on lookers who watch in amazement as he performs various feats. He is always more than willing to answer questions and explain the workings of the kite. He is “poetry in motion” while engaged in his hobby.
According to Bob, “The beach here is an ideal place to fly stunt kites. Stunt kites have 2 or 4 lines for greater control. The winds here are often steady and at a good speed for kites. That lets the stunt kite flier turn slow graceful loops or quick tight turns. It’s a lot of fun to do and people seem to enjoy watching”.
Congratulations to our contest winner, Carol Martin! Carol speedily posted the correct answer, Billy Kirkland of Sanibel Segway and Billy’s Rentals, and is the winner of an Ocean’s Reach beach towel.
Billy is a busy “man around town” on Sanibel. Today he spent hours loading and unloading all kinds of bicycles for Ocean’s Reach guests. Bicycles are rented on the premises of Ocean’s Reach and are conveniently parked in each rider’s car port. Bicycle pathway maps are available in the Guest Services office.
Explore the islands on two wheels. There’s no better way to get around town!
Dru Anne Doyle
Ocean’s Reach Condominiums Resort
“19 Steps to Paradise”
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Our mystery man bicycles over 100 miles each week throughout Fort Myers and Sanibel-Captiva. He is 60 years old and keeps up with bicyclists 10 years his junior. In short, he is a bicycle maniac, riding the same make of bicycle that Floyd Landis of Tour de France fame rides.
He was actively involved in the rebuilding of Ocean’s Reach during post-hurricane Charley and is on our premises weekly. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he claims it is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Who is he?
Jerry Ifka!! Every Ocean’s Reach owner’s good friend yet not recognizable in his racing clothes to our blog subscribers.
Stay tuned for more opportunities for everybody to win Ocean’s Reach tees, towels and more.
Get lucky! Who is this local leprechaun? Be the first to post a comment with the correct answers for this leprechaun’s first and last name AND his company name. A gorgeous Ocean’s Reach beach towel awaits your arrival.
Here’s a clue: He was spotted at Bailey’s Shopping Center on St. Patrick’s Day at Sanibel’s Irish Fest handing out candy and kisses! Crowds gathered for their share of corned beef, Baileys Irish Cream, green beer, Celtic music and dance and loads of family activities. Another great way to spend a holiday on Sanibel Island!!
He’s a real fixture around Ocean’s Reach.
Post your comment with his first and last name AND the name of the company he represents. The first person to post a comment with the correct answers will win a FREE OCEAN’S REACH BEACH TOWEL that will await their next arrival.
Check back to the blog on Saturday for the correct answer and more about our mystery man at Ocean’s Reach!
Recently this photo taken by Dru Anne Doyle, popped up in front of me and all I could think of was the wonderful book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which was written by Richard Bach and published in 1970. More often than not we all see a group of gulls, or any birds, as a flock and not as individuals. After reading this book, I have ceased to look at any group as one. We are all individuals, even the gulls.
I know the story has been around for years and I am sure that many of you are familiar with it, but something about the story has always stuck with me and even today as I walked through the cold parking lot of Walmart in Northern Indiana, hearing a gull call above, I looked up and questioned in my mind, “Is that you Jonathan”?
In case you have never taken the time to read a story about a seagull who learns to fly, really fly, soaring above all the rest, I would urge you to do so. It is a relatively short book, only 93 pages, and such a totally unique and delightful adventure about freedom, flight and seeking a higher purpose in life. If perhaps you are a person that occasionally likes to make your own rules when you are convinced you are right, or someone who gets extreme pleasure out of doing something well, even if it is just for yourself, then I am sure you will find yourself soaring with Jonathan on his journey. He wants to learn to fly better than any other gull and chooses to go against his flock to follow his dream of being more than just ordinary.
We all have dreams, but few of us take the time to pursue them as Jonathan does in his story. The freedom of flight has been a dream of man for all time, and Jonathan takes us a little closer.
If anyone out there would like to read this book, I happened to find a place online where you can read the complete book for free, although it is still in print and could probably be found at the Sanibel Book Shop on Periwinkle.
It was also just released to DVD in 2007. If this type of read is not your style, at least take the time to look for the individual in the flock (or anywhere you look). It is well worth the look.