My exploring/adventure itch was scratched yesterday by a visit to the Emerson Point Reserve. Cindy and I try to walk at least 3 miles on most days. Upon awakening, in a search for something different, I googled walking trails in the Bradenton area. Of the several suggested trails, the one that caught my eye was located just a few miles from the marina, Emerson Point Preserve. I printed out directions, then off we went for our 2.7+ mile walk along the trails. What a beautiful place!
The preserve consists of 365 acres located where the mouth of the Manatee River meets lower Tampa Bay. We began by ascending the Portavent Amerindian Temple Mound, built by the ancestors of the Timucua over 1000 years ago. The paths travel through mangroves and live oaks while skirting the Manatee River and Terra Ceia Bay. We noticed that there was a dinghy dock on the Manatee River which we could access by anchoring across from De Soto Point, our usual anchorage on the river. We’ll have to visit again by dinghy in the future.
We ended our day with a nice dinner of grilled tilapia, grilled green beans, rice, and some California Zinfandel.