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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cedar Key Florida~ Seafood Festival October 2014

Cedar Key has always been one of my favorite places to visit. I can remember going with my Grandmother and Grandfather Knight when I was three years old; and the feeling of jubilation as I held her hand and jumped over the boards of the old dock. I loved looking through the cracks at the water below---hoping to get my feet wet just one time on a visit.

The old dock was really something and I am sorry a hurricane forced it demise too early eliminating more young children from meeting the fishermen and their boats; off the big round dock that seemed to reach to Cuba. I remember seeing a crab almost as big as I was---and I just wanted to touch it, but that did not happen as my Grandmother scooped me away in her arms.

The ambiance then and now when I visit are still great, but totally difference from years ago. The salt sticks to my hair and skin just walking on the beach, but I loved every second. I remember a fish market where we bought fish, but I do not remember at that young age of seeing a restaurant.

Surprisingly the years passed quickly and now we were twelve; all grown up and knew it all. My cousin Marti and I would visit when my Aunt Dora and Uncle Curlie took us for a day of fun in the sun. We loved Mullet, Shrimp, Scallops and Crabs. My aunt could cook anything and it would melt in your mouth. As I write this, I want to visit again soon.

Our family always went to the park and cooked on a little Coleman stove the best fish. I felt such a kindred spirit with the people who live in Cedar Key. I remember finding my first Sand Dollar at the end of the park road which was not much of a road then.

I found my treasured Sand Dollar on the other side of a tin building and I cannot recall what it was used for, but no one was there. This was before any commercial buildings were built. The only houses were homes that belonged to the people of Cedar Key. This was when the park had a diving board which I loved. My cousin and I would pretend to jump together off the board, but I knew she would not do it. I was the only one crazy enough to dive into the salty waters.

My cousin Marti and I walked in the cool salty water on the side of the tin building---we were about 12 then, and I screamed when I saw my beautiful Sand Dollar. I had it for many years and it was lost during moving---it took a piece of my heart with it.

And, I recall an elderly woman gave my cousin and me a cutting of one of her plants we were admiring on her little porch. Her home was half on the ground and half was sticking out in the water---it fascinated us. We looked for her home after a hurricane when we were teenagers and it was gone. That was sad because it was gone and we did not know her name.

We did visit the cemetery which had shells over every grave and left some wildflowers on graves with female names, hoping if she was there she would know we cared. This might sound silly to some, but we were savvy teenagers; therefore we thought we knew all the answers of life.

This was about the same time we wonder how we were born into families with parents who were not cool with us going out into a little boat with a girl who lived in Cedar Key and told us stories about what happened to people after dark who did not live there---she really scared the daylights out of us. 

We realized our parents were smarter that their children and was happy to leave before dark.
It has been years since I visited a Seafood Festival in Cedar Key because I am always it seems busy with life. And, my best advice to anyone is live while you are young because being an adult sometimes put a damper on fun.

Marti and I had more adventures with this Cedar Key girl named Rosa Lee. I can still see her rowing the boat as she spit her chewing tobacco. Our eyes never left her face---we were hooked with an unbelievable character. We felt like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, on an adventure of a lifetime.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cedar Key Florida Trip

This is a Yellow Head Pelican posing for me, and I am thrilled to get this close. Most of them will fly away if you do not have a fish in your hand to give them.
To the right of his head is where my cousin parked his truck on a bridge. The bridge where the boats pass under to go into the open bay into the Gulf.
On the left of the Yellow Head Pelican is where we ate upstairs, at the restaurant. At one time it was called the Captain's Table, and I do not know what it is called now. I was so interested in food until I forgot to ask. Anyway, the food was delicious, and the salad was so fresh with the Blue Cheese Dressing. My cousin Jim and his lovely wife took me out for my "Birthday" and it was so nice.

When we arrived it was still misty with fog, and this is probably the first time I've visited that the sun was not shining.

Some people were enjoying fishing off the new pier, which was made out of wood the last time I was in Cedar Key, many years ago. I have visited Cedar Key all my life, and I always enjoy every second. And now the pier has a new bathroom facility, and it is very nice.

Here is a community of Pelicans---everyone fishing for themselves.
They seem so relaxed just waiting until the spirit moves them to dive for another fish.
They fish without a hook, pole or license for fishing---they survive on their instinct.
 However, I thank God everyday, that we human do not have to survive on ours.Another beautiful Pelican, and I was lucky to snap him before he flew away. He did not bond with me like the first one did.
This is the Dock Walk Way to other restuarants and stores.
This is a lovely place to visit and also, to shop.

   Another place to eat on the Dock Walk Way.
    Upstairs in front of shops.
On the left side of the Dock are more shops and restaurants.

A lonely chair waiting for someone to return, probably when the sun is shining.
And, it was such a lovely day, for us to be together, misty or not, we were blessed.

Updated 02/29/2012

My cousin and his wife took visiting friends from Germany to Cedar Key in November of 2011, and they enjoyed it so much.

This Gulf Coast community is a wonderful place to visit--it is beautiful, and especially when the sun is shining. My cousins and I grew up going to the park and swimming at the beach. They once had a diving board off the deck close to the park---but that is gone now, so sad.

I hope people will rediscover this lovely romantic place to spend a week or two, a place where you can walk where you want to visit in the town of Cedar key, the local people are friendly and willing to help give directions if needed.

This is where you will find great seafood, and there are social bars one can visit, churches, condos on the water front, enticing little shops that no one can pass by---without going in. The boardwalk is always busy with people walking; talking pictures of all the seabirds, fish in the water, and the smell of the salty air will make you want to stay forever.

Do yourself a favor and visit Cedar Key Florida---a treat not to miss--and you will thank yourself for being so adventurous.

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