First is was the Bicycle store that was closed.
We seem to keep bumping into places that are closed. I know it’s purely coincidental but it’s still fun to consider Florida, Closed for the Winter. 😉😉
Cedar Key Under Clouds
Friday’s forecast was for SUN and 75º. We saw neither of those (a few minutes of sun, but nothing to write home about) but the forecast was enough to get us out of the coach and on the road for some exploration.
I had considered an RV park in the Cedar Key area — before finding out they were fully booked in January. It turns out that I’m glad that was the case. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the place as we drove by — too tight quarters. But that’s ok — we’re good where we are for now.
I’m sure some of you will think I missed a wonderful photo op. There was a Mustang rally in town while we were there. With at least 50 new and vintage ‘Stangs I’m sure some guys would have been happy drooling for hours. As for me, the smell of unburnt gasoline and non-catalytic-converted exhaust made me sick to my stomach. So we got out of there in a hurry.
If you’re looking for a quiet, off the grid campground you might want to consider the Lee County Shell Mound Campground. They take no reservations and we got ZERO Verizon / Data signal but for about $10.00 a night for electric, and $15.00 a night for electric & water this little campground with about 20 sites is a hermit’s dream. There’s a campground host, and a boat launch ramp too. Take the turn off for the Shell Mound section of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge from Cedar Key to find it.
Lower Suwannee NWR
Seeing as the headquarters office was closed we didn’t spend much time here. However, not what we know where it is, and that there’s a nice long auto route that we’ll take with camera and tripod and a packed lunch when we get a sunny day in the forecast.
This is considered swamp and “scrub” territory. I’m not quite sure how to define “scrub” other than to say there aren’t a lot of trees able to remain upright with so much water on their feet and such a poor grip on earth for their toes… 🙂
It was nice to see as many people out birding and fishing and enjoying the refuge though. Considering where it is and the fact that we have seen far fewer visitors at refuges much easier to access than this, it was nice to see.
I’ll post more images when we return.
And there you have it. We haven’t yet been here a full week but we’ve nosed around a little and even without great weather we’re having a nice time. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.