Friday, January 13, 2012

Lemon Bay Park

They have been warning us that a cold front is coming, so on yet another beautiful day, we grabbed the chance to once again take the motorcycle for a ride.  This time we stayed on the east side of Lemon Bay where we found several parks and more salt water, but with an entirely different flavor than the sandy gulf side of our world.
The other side of the bay is Manasota Key, where mansions cover most of the available land.  On this side, Mangrove dominates, the water is shallow, and many birds and fisherman poke around in the water.
We talked to this fisherman, and he said he was catching "reds" and trout.  We watched him set up his line with a fairly large hook and shrimp as bait.
The interior of the park has miles of walking trails, some in brick, some in crushed shell topping.  Lots of places to stop and sit and watch birds and enjoy a pleasant day in the outdoors.
We found several places to launch a boat or put a canoe into the water.

And, of course, there are always birds everywhere around the water and even in the neighborhoods.