If you can’t make the Guinness World Record attempt that we highlighted yesterday, don’t fret, you can still celebrate seashells all summer long!
These programs are available all summer long:
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge (239-472-1100, dingdarlingsociety.org) does its guided Family Beach Walk every Friday at 9 a.m. throughout the summer. The free hour-long walks begin at its Perry Tract shell and beach exhibit, accessible from Gulfside City Park on Algiers Road, right next door to Ocean’s Reach.
You’d be surprised about what you can find near Ocean’s Reach!
For instance, if you’ve ever found yourself saying “Gosh, I could really use some pink and yellow ostrich feathers!” then, believe it or not, you need look no further than just across the causeway.
The SA Feather Company in Fort Myers has been making exotic feathers for over a century.
Established in 1906 and spanning four generations, they’re known for their boas, wigs, wings, Vegas headdresses and Mardi Gras float décor.
Photo by John Riegert
Biking enthusiasts will notice a brand new addition to the beautiful bike path system that winds around Sanibel Island.
A new rest stop has been built at the corner of Casa Ybel Road and Middle Gulf Drive — just around the corner and up the street from Ocean’s Reach. It features two benches, a bike rack, a water fountain, and a map of the islands, all in a wonderfully shaded spot where you can relax and catch your breath.
The rest stop has been dedicated to Dale Armstrong, founding member and former president of the Sanibel Bike Club.
During the recent ribbon cutting ceremony, Dale Armstrong’s son, Brad, regaled the crowd with stories of the inception of the Sanibel Bike Club while standing behind the ribbon with an old pair of hedge trimmers in tow.
“Twenty-three years ago, very similar to the bike rides you have today on Saturday mornings, my father would go along on those rides. But, he had something strapped to the back of his bike, and that was his hedge trimmers. The city always knew when Dale was riding because they would always find little piles of brush along the road.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Sanibel Bike Club, please visit www.sanibelbicycleclub.org.
Here on Sanibel Island, we may not have our own zoo, but we do have the next closest thing!
Many of our guests already know about the exotic animal display at Periwinkle Park and Campground. If you haven’t yet discovered this little gem, make plans to do so on your next visit to Ocean’s Reach!
The park features many species of exotic and native birds — such as toucans, budgies, cockatoos, and macaws — along with a duck pond and enclosures for lemurs and monkees.