The hubs and I love getting out of the house. It is one of the major things we have in common, the inability to not sit still. Fishing in our area has been horrendous lately. It is so frustrating to go time after time and get barely a bite. Our Vivi was away spending time with her grandma, so we had time for just us. We both decided to just drive. (Well, he drove. I hate driving.) We started the day planning on going to Steinhatchee, but once we got there, we realized that we really needed to have brought the boat to have any fun there. So, we both decided that we were already half way there, to just keep driving. Highway 90 really is a fascinating road! We had fun just looking and talking about all the things we saw on our way. We could have stopped so many times to just take in the local culture of mud bogs, animal auctions, flea markets and countless other unique happenings. I love that about our relationship, that we can enjoy just driving and each other.
We both love the beauty of Florida. The drive to Cedar Key is just that. It seems untouched in many areas. There are just cows and farm on the way to this part of the coast. Spring is starting to show in these parts. The grass was lush green and the tree tops were sprouting the vibrant hues as well. I could imagine what it use to be like before strip malls, WiFi, and fast food. Don’t get me wrong, I like 2 out of 3 of those things, but it is fun to imagine a time you know little about because it is easy to just imagine the good things.
Once we got to the island, we knew we were hungry! Starving, actually. I have a hard time eating when I am stressed or have my mind running in circles, so I often just skip food. We parked the car and set off to the restaurants. Our first sight was a giant wooden redfish hanging above our heads as we passed a restaurant that was only open for dinner. I think for a moment, we both thought about fishing, but hunger quickly outweighed the regret. We both love old towns and ornate architecture. Cedar Key is just that. The beauty and pride they have in their town is apparent, only walking a block. We passed a golf cart rental place and decided that might be a fun way to spend the day! It was a low price, so we went for it. We took a quick ride around the main drag and found a parking space in front of the restaurant that was recommended to us. The street closest to the water is where we ate. It looks like they film movies on this street. It is cobble stone in areas and has brightly colored buildings lining it. I love this street. I just hope it stays. It seems like the best things always fade away.
We went into Steamer’s and grabbed a table. There was a live band playing, but not until we sat down. It can always be iffy with live music. It tends to be horrifically bad or great! We just happened on a great one! They played old school rock and country. To older guys sitting playing the bass and picking the guitar and another standing and singing. He changed his dialect with the song, which went surprisingly well! The oysters were awesome! You could tell they were straight from the Gulf! They had great consistency too, which is the dicey part of eating oysters! We both really enjoyed our food, but missed Viv when a cute little girl next to us reminded us of her. Isn’t it always that way? You are excited to spend time without them, but then miss them the moment they are gone!
After our awesome meal, we were back on the golf cart! We drove over to the art galleries and began our search for the perfect addition to our nest. We had been to Cedar Key before Viv was born and got one of our favorite pieces of art that hangs in our kitchen. This trip, we did not find the perfect piece, but we had a great time looking! People can make some interesting things! We were sad to see that the antique store we enjoyed years ago was closed. I am sure it must be hard to survive in such a seasonal town.
We took off, zipping through the little streets just looking at all the cute houses and deciding which one we would want. I think that one of the things that holds us together during the hard times, is our love for the simple things. We would both be happy in a little house on the water. Or even a little house on the water! For us, it is all about location! To us, north Florida is one of, if not, the most beautiful places in the world! We even found an open house to peruse. Why are golf carts so much fun? I think it is because you are free, yet safe, because they don’t go all that fast. Just a thought.
After a little while, it was time for dessert. We went back to the main drag and found an ice cream shop. We got our cones to-go and went to park down by the landing. After our yummy treat, I drove the golf cart! I am sure Travis was slightly scared, but they don’t go fast, so he was safe! We got there a little late, so it was time to go back. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time, but it was just right! I am excited to go back for a little longer trip next time! Cedar Key is an adorable town that is a great little escape! It is just the right speed for this ole married couple who still like to have some fun, but mainly just want to spend time together enjoying the beautiful outdoors!