Sunday, December 12, 2010
Made it to the Keys
Well, not the southern keys, but to some of the northwest Florida keys, in particular, the Cedar Keys. After a coast to coast trip across Florida, we have arrived at the fledgling Cedar Key RV Resort, which opened just a few months ago. While there is still work to do here, it looks like it will be a pleasant place to stay, when visiting the area. The sites are a good size and reasonably level with full hook ups and free WI-FI. They have hopes of selling RV lots and making it an exclusive destination.
When deciding to come here, we expected that this was not going to be a huge tourist area, but rather a quiet out of the way place. One of the first hints that this would be so was based on looking at our street and maps program at the normal view, there were no roads visible on the map to reach Cedar Key. After zooming in until nearly the max, we found how to get there. After now being here a few days, our assumptions have proved to be mostly correct. The area known as the Cedar Keys was first explored by the Spanish in the 1500’s, but some archeology research suggests that there have been people living here since possibly 500BC.
Today, the population is still under 1000 and is a mix of fishing and tourism. Walking around the main village of Cedar Key, it resembles a small version of Key West. There are the bars, restaurants, gift shops, and even a sunset viewing area. It is clear that the economy has taken its toll here with a number of the businesses closed and others that may not be far behind. There was one store in town that immediately reminded me of Al from the Bayfield Bunch. I trust you all can see which one that might be.
It will be a nice place for us to spend sometime in the relaxed mode.