As you drive down Camino Del Mar towards Ocean’s Reach you cannot help but notice the lovely palm trees lining the drive. On August 13th 2004 hurricane Charley devastated Ocean’s Reach. After an 18 month renovation these trees were planted on Camino Del Mar, each tree being donated in honor or in memory of someone special by folks who love Ocean’s Reach. The memorial plaques are now displayed together on a beautiful piece of granite which has been placed at the west side of The Grove. Seeing all the names in one place, truly ties everyone together and it was the TOGETHERNESS that brought Ocean’s Reach back from the wrath of Charley.
I have had several house guests over the last few years and I thought I would share a few pictures of them and the special accommodations I have provided. The underneath of my home provides a safe environment for families raising their young. Pictured is a Mourning Dove sitting on her nest right underneath the back steps. She has raised her family here for the last several years. Also pictured is a cement column that is hollow at the top few inches. An Eastern Screech Owl has raised her family here for the last 5 years. Also nesting underneath last year was a Carolina Wren.
My favorite niece, Elizabeth (blonde hair with purple shirt), and her good friend, Danielle, spent their spring break at Ocean’s Reach recently. A fun afternoon was spent kayaking the back bay waters of the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on a guided 1 1/2 hour tour with a naturalist. Tarpon Bay Explorers offers great recreation and wildlife education for families and all ages and skill levels. Just prior to their launch, we were invited to attend a free “deck talk” on manatees. During the kayak tour, my niece and her friend burned enough calories to motivate them to participate in another favorite Sanibel recreational activity–eating monster cheesburgers, fries and shakes at Cheeburger Cheeburger.
Bob Paulson, a regular winter guest, started his kite flying right here on the beaches at Ocean’s Reach 12 years ago. He uses a double line stunt kite. The double line is more challenging and more engaging than a single line and it provides the ability for better control and the opportunity for doing more maneuvers. Frequently while flying his kites, Bob will draw interested on lookers who watch in amazement as he performs various feats. He is always more than willing to answer questions and explain the workings of the kite. He is “poetry in motion” while engaged in his hobby.
According to Bob, “The beach here is an ideal place to fly stunt kites. Stunt kites have 2 or 4 lines for greater control. The winds here are often steady and at a good speed for kites. That lets the stunt kite flier turn slow graceful loops or quick tight turns. It’s a lot of fun to do and people seem to enjoy watching”.
Congratulations to our contest winner, Carol Martin! Carol speedily posted the correct answer, Billy Kirkland of Sanibel Segway and Billy’s Rentals, and is the winner of an Ocean’s Reach beach towel.
Billy is a busy “man around town” on Sanibel. Today he spent hours loading and unloading all kinds of bicycles for Ocean’s Reach guests. Bicycles are rented on the premises of Ocean’s Reach and are conveniently parked in each rider’s car port. Bicycle pathway maps are available in the Guest Services office.
Explore the islands on two wheels. There’s no better way to get around town!
Dru Anne Doyle
Ocean’s Reach Condominiums Resort
“19 Steps to Paradise”
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Our mystery man bicycles over 100 miles each week throughout Fort Myers and Sanibel-Captiva. He is 60 years old and keeps up with bicyclists 10 years his junior. In short, he is a bicycle maniac, riding the same make of bicycle that Floyd Landis of Tour de France fame rides.
He was actively involved in the rebuilding of Ocean’s Reach during post-hurricane Charley and is on our premises weekly. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he claims it is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Who is he?
Jerry Ifka!! Every Ocean’s Reach owner’s good friend yet not recognizable in his racing clothes to our blog subscribers.
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