The T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve is a 24,500+ acre area used for nature studies and recreation. There is a clipboard on this little building where people can enter the flora and fauna spotted.
There are horse back riding trails, biking trails, hiking trails, orienteering and geocaching activities. There is a moonlight hayride sceduled for the next full moon.
Panthers have been photographed here and one was noted on the day's list for Sunday, but we did not get to see anything that exciting.
Still, it was a pretty day for a walk.
We went on to the Sleeping Turtle Preserve nearby. It is bordered by the Myakka River--lots of oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and other epiphytes. We will have to return after some rain to see the resurrection ferns. Might be fitting if that should happen on Easter...
We still did not see a Florida panther, though. We did not see any snakes either and that was very okay with me.