Congratuations to Matt C., from Genoa IL, who scored this beautiful Horse Conch on his family’s most recent visit to Ocean’s Reach!
The horse conch — a snail that is known as the second largest gastropod in the world as it can grow up to two feet in size — has been Florida’s official state shell since 1969.
Did you know that 14 of the 23 coastal states of the United States have an officially designated state shell?
We’re delighted to announce that Good Morning Sanibel by author Kristi Kercher Paterson is now available at Ocean’s Reach as yet another treat for our guests.
This brightly illustrated, rhyming picture book is about everyone’s favorite places to see and things to do on Sanibel Island. It is sure to become one of your family’s favorites!
A former elementary school teacher, Kristi has written plays, poems and songs since she was a child. She has always been enthralled by the sea and its many wonders.
She and her husband have owned “a spot of paradise” on Sanibel for a number of years now, and consider it their “happy place” filled with numerous special family memories. They hope to make Sanibel their permanent residence one day soon!
Just loved this note of “thanks” and the gorgeous photo that came with it:
We would just like to thank all of you at Oceans Reach for all the hard work, time and effort you put into the resort after Irma. The location and resort are beautiful and we had a lovely trip. We have been at many other Sanibel resorts and you’re the best.Along with shelling, we found another hobby, creating “vignettes”!Thanks again,Tom and Kelly K.Hoffman Estates, IL
Are you looking for something unusual to do on your next visit to Sanibel Island? How about checking out an aerial yoga class?
At Sanibel Dance, Pilates and Yoga, they’re taking yoga to a whole new level. Aerial Yoga is one of the newest blends of yoga and aerial circus arts, utlizing a silk hammock to aid the student in traditional postures that may be difficult to achieve due to minimal flexibiliity, strength or physical injuries. Their Restorative Aerial Yoga classes include slower poses to help relieve stress and relax.
For more information, call 484-459-3971 to talk with owner Debbie Sheme. Her studio is located at 975 Rabbit Road on Sanibel Island.
Can you believe this is actually a cake? And quite a delicious one, too, from what we’ve heard!
One of our wonderful owners, Alison W., has an amazing hidden talent that we just found out about. Her husband sent us the photo, along with the following:
“Here are the secrets:
(1) Alison baked three deep 6 inch carrot cakes. Then she cut each one in half. She stacked the cake layers with cream cheese frosting so then she had a six layer cake.
(2) Then she put the cake into the freezer until it was hard.
(3) I then carved the cake into a pumpkin shape, then back in the freezer.
(4) Alison covered the carved cake with more cream cheese frosting, and then covered the entire thing with orange fondant. I assisted at this point and went back over the creases, and top to make the fondant look more like a real pumpkin.
(5) My job is always the painting. I use special food dust (made especially for cake decorating) in several shades of yellow, red, and orange which gives the finished cake more depth in terms of colors.
(6) We made the stem and leaves with gum paste and fondant (both sold at Walmart). Then I painted them with the food dust.
(7) The stem was attached with a tooth-pick inserted into its base, and the leaves were glued on with heated liquid fondant.
(8) Then Alison steamed the entire cake with a steamer (just like you use to get wrinkles our of clothing) and this gives the food dust a shimmer.
(9) She kept the cake in the freezer until about 4 hours before she served it. By that time it was room temperature and delicious to eat!!
This was one of the easier ones she has made. Some of them are quite elaborate!“
ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
… LIKE FINALLY FINDING THAT RARE JUNONIA!
We’re so delighted for Donna R., one of our favorite long-term guests
– and often chef extraordinairre to a hungry Ocean’s Reach staff –
who couldn’t wait to share her long-awaited treasure with us.
Congratulations, Donna — It couldn’t happen to a nicer person!
Create your very own “Coastal Pumpkin” while making new friends at the Sanibel Community House on Weds, October 10 from 6 – 9 pm.
This special class will be taught by Jenny M. Licht, a professional working artist and graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.
Jenny will have many ideas from which to choose and all materials will be included. Fee: $40 Member / $50 Non-Member.
For more information, call the Sanibel Community House at 1-239-472-2155.
Sanibel’s sea turtle nests fared well during Hurricane Irma with nests still hatching post storm.
SCCF Sea Turtle Coordinator Kelly Sloan said since sea turtles have evolved over millions of years, they know to lay many nests in one season. She said they have documented some of the turtles laying four nests, so if one was lost during Hurricane Irma it was not detrimental.
The east end of the island fared the best during Hurricane Irma with only 13 nests lost. The west end lost 36 nests and had 33 nests left as of last Thursday.
So far this season, 41,000 hatchlings have emerged on Sanibel, an increase from last year’s 25,000.
“There’s still nest hatching every day,” Sloan said.
After the bridge was cleared following Hurricane Irma, Sloan said SCCF Technician Andrew Glinsky came out to the island to see how the turtle nests fared.
“We were all pleasantly surprised,” she said.
Glinsky and a few interns have been using a GPS unit that helps them find where the nests were located, due to some of the stakes being washed away. Sloan said they are digging where the nests should have been and have found some of the egg chambers.
“It’s always exciting when you think you lost a nest and find viable eggs,” she said.
The remaining nests on the island are staked and daily surveys are being conducted.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter for the update!