Looking for shells? Look no farther! This photo taken in front of Ocean’s Reach Condominiums on Sanibel Island shows there is never a shortage here!Â Try your luck at shell collecting by using one of our special rates for summer and join us before school starts.
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.
2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins!
Robert W. Schuster Jr.
The Schuster’s celebrated summer and a special birthday at Ocean’s Reach with their annual visit. According to Mr. Schuster they are all back at home in Arizona, and already looking forward to their next visit. The pictures they sent back. look like they all had a wonderful time.
Our thanks to the Schuster Family for choosing Ocean’s Reach! We all look forward to seeing you again next year.