The Periwinkle Park and Campground on Sanibel Island hosts an incredible bird presentation most days by Libby, the Bird Lady. Robert and Judy Groninger sent these pictures to share from their trip in February. The two young men accompanying them are their grandsons, Evan and Liam Chilcote, and it looks like the boys really enjoyed their close interactions with the birds. Robert writes, “The Bird Lady has been doing this presentation for many years.Â You park outside the welcome gate and walk in, and anyone can ride their bike inside to see the birds and caged area, anytime.Â We take the kids there almost every year! The Bird Lady tells the history of each bird, habits, and a lot of information about wild birds in general.Â She also makes dvds available of presentation and facts about birds.We think everyone should see this wonderful presentation!!! In the summer months it may not be every day, so it might be wise to call first before going. Robert and Judy followed the bird show with the “Grand Finale”, DQ, located just across the street.Â Don’t forget when you are visiting Ocean’s Reach that the Periwinkle Park and Campground is one of the favorite all time Sanibel activities.
Ken Alvey is the talented photographer from Indiana who presented us with the blog photos the last three days. He captured these while staying at Ocean Reach with his family and writes, “Sanibel and the area around Ocean’s Reach is like an outdoor photo studio…So much to shoot. I have one more but my daughter Leslie took this one.
It is of myself and the big schnook I caught fishing from the Ocean’s Reach Beach. This place is fantastic. We really do hate to leave. We are already talking about the next trip here to Ocean’s Reach. This is a truly perfect vacation”.
Ken also wrote a wonderful review of Ocean’s Reach on Trip Advisor, where he says, “I’m as cynical as one can be regarding vacations; lodging, parking, location, etc…
But as hard as I try I cannot report anything negative regarding Ocean’s Reach Condos. I have finally experienced a perfect vacation”.
We at Ocean’s Reach would like to express our sincere thanks to Ken and his family for the wonderful review, and look forward to their next visit. How about a big “Thumbs Up” for Ken!!
Recently, while visiting Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island, Ryan Paravate entered a coloring contest sponsored by the Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum. And guess what? He won! We are including a picture of Ryan and also a picture of his winning entry. Ocean’s Reach is extremely proud of Ryan’s efforts, and send a big “Congratulations” to Ryan and his family. Following is the announcement issued by Kathleen Hoover of the museum:
“Shell Museum Announces Coloring Contest Winner
Sanibel, Florida, July 7, 2009. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum announced that Ryan Paravate of Cumming, Georgia was the winner of the childrenâ€™s coloring contest recently sponsored by the Museum.
Several weeks ago Ryan visited Sanibel as a guest at Oceanâ€™s Reach. When contacted about winning the Museumâ€™s contest Ryan reported, â€śWhat I like to do most of all is draw and color animals, fish, and landscapes like the ocean, mountains, and lakes.â€ť He added, â€śMy favorite activity while visiting Sanibel was shelling and fishing.â€ť
Ryanâ€™s entry included several of his favorite subjects, fish and a junonia. The contest template was taken from the Museumâ€™s coloring book which was released last year. The book features original art work by Kimberly Nealon and is dedicated in memory of Betty Farnum, a dedicated Museum volunteer.
Ryan will receive 6 Museum passes so he can bring his entire family to the Museum during their next visit to the island as well as a Museum Store.”
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, is being held October 23-November 1, 2009. This is a 10 day paddling festival with all sorts of activities ranging from speakers and instruction, to competitive races and tournaments. All of the events are held at public parks and campgrounds and other areas all along the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. This Festival is held to celebrate the 190 mile long saltwater trail that meanders along the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast. All of the detailed information can be found atÂ theÂ Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival site, which also include all of the entry forms for the canoe and kayak races, a catch and release fishing tournament and also a photo contest.
Call 800-336-6722 to make your reservation for this exciting event!!
The 4th of July parade on Sanibel island was a huge success and enjoyed by so many people. We thought all of you who were absent would enjoy a review!!
The Loggerhead turtle that has laid her eggs on the beach of Ocean’s Reach, probably hatched on the same beach years ago, and will lay eggs four times in one nesting season. She digs a hole and deposits her eggs gently, covers them with sand and departs. The Hatchlings will dig their way to the surface about sixty days after being laid. As they are heading to the surface, they will stay just below the top layer of sand until it is nightfall. The turtles always head toward the brightest horizon which is usually over the ocean. Occasionally, lights from houses confuse them and they head off in the wrong direction and rarely survive. But the race is on for the all the others heading in the correct direction. They need to make it safely to the water without being eaten by predators such as raccoons. Once in the water they still need to watch out for predators, such as sharks, fishing and trawl netting which are a threat to the Loggerheads no matter how large they grow. And because turtles need to surface to breathe, boats are also a large threat the their existence.
But for now Ocean’s Reach Turtle Patrol and the residents and guest will do what they can to get these wonderful little creatures hatched and safely to the ocean.
The Manor family reunites from the Brunswick and St. Simon Island, GA. Over 15 family members vacation in 3 condos for two weeks over the 4th of July. This is a family tradition for over 20 years!!
What is their favorite 4th activity?? Squirting water pistols at the Ocean’s Reach bicycle float at the 4th of July Sanibel Island parade on Periwinkle, they all show up in their red, white and blue outfits with water guns loaded, keeping themselves drenched and the parade participants as well.
A special Happy 4th to all of our friends from the Ocean’s Reach Gang!!!!
Phase 2 of Our Grove Makeover
The Grove at Ocean’s Reach has a new look! For your family gatherings, the Grove is a perfect place to grill and dine, day or night. Plan your Sanibel wedding receptions, reunions and family cookouts as we now can seat up to 22 guests at one sitting. Additional chairs and tables are available upon request. Just stop by the office or give us a call and we will be glad to help you make your party in the Grove a reality.