Home exchanging is a popular concept that allows homeowners to swap homes with other homeowners for their vacation. Recently we noticed our wildlife neighbors were switching their homes located at Ocean’s Reach.
Our osprey enjoys a change of venue from his osprey platform to the woodpecker’s birdhouse! The change of location also includes a new outlook from the perspective of the woodpecker!
We couldn’t resist capturing this phenomena and sharing it with our guests at Ocean’s Reach.
It’s always a fun day around here, but never more so than when we have an Ocean’s Reach birthday to celebrate!
Recently, Andy was surprised with a “birthday tub” full of two of his favorites: blueberry muffins and chocolates!
We took it easy on the number of candles, but that doesn’t mean our wishes for a wonderful year were any less.
Happy Birthday, Andy, from all of us!
If you love shelling, you will never be bored on Sanibel! There are shells for everyone in all shapes and sizes! When you are done for the day, Ocean’s Reach has a large on-site shell cleaning & identification station right on the property. Another way of identifying your finds can be done on a helpful site called “i Love Shelling.com” Grab your bags or buckets and sort through for your special “Treasure from the Sea”.
Friendly smiles and familiar faces offer a hospitable greeting at check-in and when any vacation assistance is requested during the week. But guests arriving at Ocean’s Reach during the months January through March get a bonus welcome of the “not so” garden-variety. You’ll notice an exuberant display of flowers bursting forth from the eight-foot-tall evergreen Clerodendrum just outside our front door. The propulsion of tropical colors explains why the shrub is also known as Shooting Star and Starburst.
Welcome to Ocean’s Reach!
Four month old William and his big sister Jennifer, “assist” their mother, Lorena, in keeping the condos at Ocean’s Reach spic and span.
Lorena is our housekeeper supervisor and does an excellent job cleaning Ocean’s Reach inside and out. We always look forward to seeing the newest Ocean’s Reach family member arrive to help mom!
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In the summer of 2008 we installed an Osprey nest by the pond at Ocean’s Reach. It did not take long before several Osprey were seen flying overhead in an aerial display reminiscent of a WW 1 dog fight. The winning pair settled in, and for the past three winters have raised successfully two young Osprey each year to the delight of winter and spring guests. This past winter around February 12 to the 15th at least three young Osprey were born. Two survived. This past Wednesday, April 7th, a strong thunder storm descended upon Ocean’s Reach in the early afternoon. The older of the two siblings was able to fly. The youngest thought she could, however she was blown to the ground. John and Dru, after looking out the office window and seeing a surprise bird visitor sitting on the ground and walking across Camino del Mar immediately called CROW. ( Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife). A volunteer from CROW quickly came to the rescue and transported her to the CROW hospital for animals on Sanibel.
We were anxious to get a report and our many guests were concerned about her rehabilitation. When we called for an update, we were told there were over 400 patients at the clinic and there was no update. However, the next morning early, we did get a call which informed us that despite a good day and a half in the hospital, our osprey succumbed in the middle of the night. She probably had internal injuries that we were all unaware of. It was a sad morning at Ocean’s Reach. We were really rallying behind this little girl…..
On the blog yesterday, we shared a part of Dru’s adventure with two of her friends as they traveled to Captiva and the Mucky Duck. Today her story continues! After hanging out on Captiva enjoying the sights, they returned to Sanibel and ended up getting a tour of Sanibel’s famous Ocean’s Reach. They really enjoyed the shelling station and the Grove. Dru’s friend Ruth shared more of her pictures with us. Thanks again Ruth!
Cowboys, cowgirls and catfish at the Fort Myers Cracker Box!
Just over the causeway is a family run legend known for its foot tappin’, country swing and down home catfish cookin’!
Once a year you will run into a gang of 20 or more owners from Ocean’s Reach, who just love the attention of the owner’s daughter swooning and singing to “Satin Sheets”. Sure looks like a fun time for all!