Manatee Springs is as lovely as the other spring parks we have visited. It has the added attraction of a concessionaire that is a combo kayak rental, river excursions, homemade BBQ restaurant, bar & the only WiFi in the park! It is beautifully located at the head spring & within walking distance of the campground. It is a favorite afternoon gathering place, Edward enjoys a glass of wine while I enjoy the connectivity. The armadillos love it there as well. They are weird creatures.
Cedar Key was on our list of possibles. So, when a couple said “you gotta go there! It’s like a mini Key West”, we made it a priority. Funky cute little place, but Key West? I don’t think so. Turns out Wednesday is not a good touristo day. The Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the History Museum AND the State Park Visitor Center were all closed!!!!! Gracious shop owners gave us the nickel tour & advice about a good lunch spot. We had a fabulous view & the food was good. The only other patrons outside had wings & they seemed pretty hungry too. Miles & miles of beautiful glistening water, such a gorgeous place.
Hurricanes are a fact of life on the coast & damage was prevalent in Cedar Key. The post office & library are still closed from Hurricane Hermine. The residents line up for mail call! Two waterfront restaurants look they are hanging on their last piling, too far gone to rebuild at this point.
Cedar Key was a fun day trip but don’t think it would hold our interest for a wintering spot. We are always on the lookout for a place we like enough to stay awhile, but think wanderlust has a steady grip on us. The Christmas holiday are beckoning & we will return to NC in a few days to celebrate with our dear ones.