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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Cedar Key


Cedar Key is today's destination. We're camping in the front yard at Flying Frog Art and Gardens, a harvest host site. The view out our windows includes art work and sculptures by the resident artist. As it is customary to support hosts, we purchased some of her original cards at a local studio.
The Cedar Key Museum state park preserved local land and a few original structures, like this one.

The museum has maps and dioramas of Cedar Key when it was the bustling western terminus of the Florida Railroad. The local cedars were cut up and shipped north to become pencils.

Only 790 people live here according to the 2010 census. The Key is  made up of many islands. Low tide exposes mud flats that are proving ideal for clamming.
This state park doesn't offer any camping, but they do have a canoe and Kayak launch along with nature trails.










Beth found a store that fits her taste in fabric, The Salty Needle Quilt Shop.

Downtown Cedar Key has art galleries, a book shop and lots of good restaurants. We arrived early and snagged a waterside view.

The Key is  made up of many islands. Low tide exposes mud flats  that are proving ideal for clamming.

The local steamed little necks were delicious!
Only 790 people live here according to the 2010 census, but they all seem to have views of the water.
Bicycles are a great way to get around town. We peddled out to a jetty to watch the sun set behind another key.

Still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, the mail is served by a "Post Office on Wheels" until the building can be restored.
Stopped for a snack before heading out of town. 1842 Daily Grind is a cozy corner shop with friendly staff, good coffee, and yummy baked goods.

We can understand why so many people have mentioned Cedar Key. We'll definitely be returning to this laid back community.

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