I had a dear friend that I met the second day of the first grade visit from Maine for three days this week. Dave and his wife Pam had never been to Sanibel even though they own property in North Port and Cape Coral. For guests that have never been here before I wanted to do all the first time tourist events, lunch at the old Lazy Flamingo, bike ride through the trailer Park, dinner at the Jacaranda and watching the sun set at the Mucky Duck Restaurant in Captiva. Not having been there in years for sunset I was amazed at the hundreds of people gathered to watch the event. As soon as the sun set, like magic the crowd faded into the darkness of Captiva.
If you have never experienced this special event, another reason to visit Ocean’s Reach and Sanibel.
Discover Bunche Beach which is located just a couple of miles from the Sanibel Causeway and only a short drive from Ocean’s Reach. It is located at the end of John Morris Road. Bunche Beach is a county-owned park which offers a long, narrow strip of sand that stretches from just south of the Sanibel Causeway to a residential area behind Fort Myers Beach. Bunche Beach has a wonderful view of San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The waves are small and water close to the beach are very shallow. it is a popular spot for wade fishermen and kayakers, windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Low tide at Bunche Beach…
Sunset over Sanibel from Bunche Beach.
Ikki and Polly Matsumoto
This winter Sanibel Island was treated to several opportunities to see artist Ikki Matsumoto in person and witness his extraordinary talent. Ikki and wife Polly had a two person exhibit at Big Arts. This show was part of the celebration of Big Arts 30th anniversary year. Also, his work was on display at the Rotary Arts and Crafts show in February. Ikki’s prints are very popular not just on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, but worldwide. Many of us have a souvenior tee shirt from the arts fairs in the past, all with a print of his on the back. A little known fact about Ikki is that he was commissioned to do the illustrations for the 1975 edition of “The Joy of Cooking” cookbook. Check your cookbook shelf and see for yourself, I know I did and there it was. A nice surprise and it sure makes the cookbook even more of a treasure.
The Goertemiller Family, 1976
Thank you for letting me share with my Ocean’s Reach friends and family a picture of the Goertemillers taken over the Christmas holiday in 1976 at Ocean’s Reach—Dru, Lyn, Kurt, Mother and Dad. I remember this trip to Sanibel and those tee shirts Mother made as if it were yesterday.
This is a very special photo to me as it is one of our family’s first of many visits to OR (when OR was just two years old) as guests –and later owners– and a loving tribute to my mother who passed away recently and to my dad who today celebrates 58 years of marriage to my mother! Sanibel was my parent’s favorite family destination spot throughout the years and continues to be the ultimate relaxation spot for my dad.
My siblings and I miss my mother more and more each day as memories resurface, needs go unspoken and the reality of her absence sets in. She was the epicenter of our extended families, a very pretty woman (as you can see), creative and fun loving. We never made an important decision without her!
Thanks, Mother and Dad, for introducing all of us kids to Ocean’s Reach and Sanibel when we were snowbound in the Buckeye state and for the values passed along of hard work, good financial management and the dreams and rewards of condo ownership on a sunny, warm beach that we are fortunate to experience today.
My dad, brother and sister also want to thank the owners, staff and winter guests at Ocean’s Reach who reached out overwhelmingly to us during my mother’s illness and death with their kindness and caring.
Happy Anniversary, Daddy!