Wednesday was cool and foggy – one of those days when it seems like the fog is going to lift but never does. We did a little gift shop browsing, grocery shopping and had a nice lunch at Kona Joes. They had a great quiche made with fresh local blue crab and wonderful coconut cream pie, almost as good as the pie Debbie O used to bring in when we worked at Vogel’s. The rest of the day we snooped around Cedar Key a bit more and spent a lot of quality time with our computers.
The fog turned into a steady light rain all day Thursday. We made the best of it by driving to Manatee Springs State Park, about 25 miles NE of here. We took a back road (there are only three roads out of Cedar Key) and I noted we drove 18 miles without seeing another car. The park is the site of an underground spring that well… springs from the ground and flows a quarter mile to the Swanee River. The flow is over a million gallons a day which creates a noticeable current. The water is crystal clear and we could see one Manatee just sort of napping on the bottom. They come here in the winter to get warm as the springs are a constant 72 degrees year around. After a half hour of clomping around in the rain we headed into Chiefland for lunch. A Google search showed six Mexican restaurants so we figured a competitive market would make for good food and picked Los Avinas. It was good. More quality computer time ensued, some of it in front of a roaring fireplace in the campground club house. This is Florida?
Today dawned sunny but cold. Did some chores in the morning, lunch, then rode our bikes to the Cedar Key Museum. It was nice but underwhelming, some seashells, arrowheads, a diorama of Indians at the sea shore, etc. Surprisingly, for a place so dependent on fishing and shipping they only had one old rotting hulk of a boat. Stopped at Mile Marker 8 Lounge for a glass of wine and some steamed clams. This place is the US capital of clam farming so the clams are good and cheap. The second floor dining room overlooked a large dock that was the O’Hare airport of pelicans and cormorants. A big bird landing or taking off every few seconds.
The day ended with a chips and salsa party a few spots from us. A few days ago I noticed a converted bus on site 6 with a Technomadia sign on the window. This rang a bell as I had read some of a technomadia travel blog when I was doing research before buying the Snoozy. I looked up their blog again and sent them an email saying I’d seen their blog, we were in the Snoozy on site 11 and maybe we could say hello in person sometime this week. Chris wrote back inviting us to their salsa party at 5:00 today. It was great fun, we got a tour of their totally geeked out 1961 bus and met some really interesting people. They were all full time RVers; I enjoyed their stories of chucking it all to hit the road. Sue met a retired Methodist minister who had been at Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia at the same time she was in the early eighties. We also spent some time getting to know Debbie Yager and Bo Reynolds, a singer/songwriter couple who had just decided to hit the road full time a few months ago.
Before they got their bus Chris and Cherie lived for three years full time in a 17′ Oliver fiberglass trailer about the size of ours. They were interested in the Snoozy so snuck out of their own party to come over and have a drink at our place. Since they were our guests they got to sit down.