The Quiet Town
The town of Cedar Key, on the island of Way Key, is four miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. For those of you new to this adventure, Cedar Key is where I was living a "parallel existence" in March 2020 when the pandemic hit and the town shut down before I could truly visit. Since I'm camping down memory lane this winter, I'm thrilled to be here again.
With the exception of real estate prices, very little has changed. The County Campground, Shell Mound, is still first-come, first-served, affordable and no nonsense. My spot was just dandy and neighbors helped make this a lovely visit with conversation over morning coffee and evening campfires. Throughout the week, my bike was transportation and I did get to visit the Cedar Key Museum State Park, the Historical Society, the City Park, Tony's Restaurant, and pretty much the entire lay of the land on two wheels.
Yes, this was my first stop in two years where I felt okay to peruse museums, wait for food to go, and enjoy outdoor music with a group (masked, of course). Also -- I can't make this up -- on my last night at camp, a woman asked if I had been there in March 2020. After a chat, she said, "Wait till I tell Joe that you're just fine. He was so worried about you being alone here when we left." Cedar Key is a special place and I'm so happy that I returned.
3/14/2022 12:05:27 pm
So, I have to ask, "Why only one week?" ! Photos and final anecdote say it all. A little piece of sanity and normalcy. Stay in touch.
3/15/2022 03:15:42 pm
AMG: It's a one-week maximum stay at camp now and my old pal has retired! Heading out Sunday the 24th to the last camping stop I want to make with no electricity or potable water so won't be in contact before I hit Georgia. Slowly moving north! J.
5/6/2022 08:23:22 pm
Your email reminded me that I have to get back and read your blog, So behind, but I started in the middle, and I landed smack on your Brockport T. Western NYers could be right beside you.
5/7/2022 08:33:37 pm
BO: I'm wearing the hell out of that t-shirt! Of course, when I speak people then assume I'm from NY! It was a long, interesting winter in Florida. Georgia good. SC good till the tornado! Farmville grand! Still catching up with my last 2 stops! j.
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