One of our favorite guests, Don. P. from Farmington Hills, MI, always tickles our staff by giving out personally-made Ocean’s Reach t-shirts every time he visits.
He recently shared that his daughter “took 22 used Ocean’s Reach T-shirts that she had saved from years of visiting Ocean’s Reach, along with 8 souvenir shirts from past years on Sanibel, and took them to a lady that makes quilts. » Read more
By Vance Carlson, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise
Fred Nordstrom developed a love of biking at an early age.
Eight decades later, Nordstrom is still an avid bicyclist.
“I started biking in the 1930s. We lived on a farm in Iowa and I would bike to school every day,” said Nordstrom. “I still bike twice a week with the Hubbard Bicycle Club (in Park Rapids, » Read more
“Alone time is when I distance myself
from the voices of the world
so I can hear my own.”
Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to Dina@OceansReach.com. » Read more
Photo by David Hillegas
We ran across this article in Coastal Living, citing “8 Reasons We Love Sanibel Island.” Personally, we can think of quite a few more, but we do love the list they came up with!
Written by Kara Corridan, the article starts…
“The very act of arriving on Sanibel Island, off Florida’s southern Gulf coast, » Read more
Photo by Amanda Auer
It’s almost here!
The 5th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida and offers a unique experience to interact with singer-songwriters who wrote your favorite hits. Enjoy artists such as Midland, LOCASH, Travis Denning, among the 72 different acts featured. Hope to see you there!
Photo from mtbproject.com
Like mountain biking? Think you can’t find decent trails in flat Florida? Think again. Caloosahatchee Regional Park offers close to 800 acres of pine flat-wood, oak forest and cypress swamp, with 20 miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking trails, rated beginner through difficult.
The trails are located at 19130 N. River Road in Alva, FL, just about an hour away from Ocean’s Reach. » Read more
Photo by Maxime De Ruyck
Coloring books are no longer just for kids. In fact, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. Researchers and art therapists alike have touted the calming benefits for over a decade, with researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal suggesting coloring as an alternative to meditation. Like meditation, coloring allows the brain to switch off other thoughts and focus. » Read more
We always have our eyes open for inspiring stories about environmental protection, even when they’re found halfway around the world.
Earlier this summer, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created this piece of art at Puri Beach in Odisha, India with a strong message about the importance of curbing plastic pollution in our oceans.
His 55-foot long, 30-foot wide sand sculpture of a Olive ridley sea turtle was made with approximately 30 tons of sand and a countless number of plastic bottles. » Read more
Walking a sandbar at sunset,
water ripples, laps at my toes,
soothing soft steps, inner silence.
Simply Sanibel Poems is a treasured collection of poems from award-winning poet, Lorraine Walker Williams, in which she’ll take you on a poetic journey where you will sink your toes in the sand, » Read more
Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station at 9 am EDT Monday, September 10, 2018. Image credit: Ricky Arnold.
Our hearts go out to the millions of Americans who will soon be affected by Hurricane Florence.
We know all too well the massive undertaking it will take to recover in the wake of this monster storm. It’s been just over a year since Sanibel Island was largely spared the wrath of Hurricane Irma, » Read more