Donor. Not me.
You can appreciate the vastness of the Park from 76.1 feet. Plus five feet, ten inches.
Back to the cabin, 8:20
CCC cabin construction detail
Decision time after breakfast and check out. Do I get another paddle in at Myakka, or do I head to Cedar Key, 200 miles north. I had a reservation at Park Place.
Headed north. Across Tampa Bay on the Sunshine Skyway
Two hours later, arriving in always scenic, Cedar Key
A Blueway Community.
I stopped at the place I stayed last time, Pirate's Cove. I had left a shirt. It was now clean, and the owner said she liked my blog. I had mentioned it in the room log book. And told her next time, I'll leave more laundry;
The dolphin gave the young girl the thrill of a lifetime. Speeding to within a few feet of her, sea frothing in its wake.
Brown pelicans and roseate spoonbills in the Number Two Channel
A manatee surfaced in front of me. Only the third time I have seen one at Cedar Key and by far the closest. I turned around, in the direction it appeared to be heading, but did not see, or hear, it again.
Landed at a flag draped City Park at 4:30
17 minutes later, from the balcony of Unit 327, Park Place
I think this is my first time in this unit
I say "think" because some things are vaguely familiar
Of course, all the units are the same, but individually owned and furnished.
Got to the Marina. They had run out of chicken dinners. I should have stopped when I went by in the kayak.
I walked past Sandy's Produce on the way to, and from the Marina. I did not want to cook today, so that was not an option.
No place celebrates holidays better than Cedar Key. I took flag pictures.
Dinner, which I put in the fridge for later.
Time to head out for the fireworks. 7:44 PM
I got this flag at the Winter Park Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration many years ago.
The fireworks were set off from Cemetery Point. I did a web search on kayak fireworks Cedar Key, and found nothing. I asked Jed at the kayak rental concession where the best place to watch from the water was. He said in the channel near the Chevron station. (only gas station in town, just switched to Marathon). I had read that Highway 24 was a good spot, and at the Marina there was a sign that said there was no parking there for the nearby viewing spot from the Cedar Key school ball field.
Paddling past the Marina
I gently backed into an oyster shell islet to hold my position, and waited.
Two boats just off the Cemetery Point overlook. Not sure if they were part of the event. Saw no other boats from my vantage point.
9 PM. Boom!
Say it with me, ooooo!
I am happy with how the pictures turned out
I am glad I did a night time paddle last Friday, and more important, know the route through the Number Two Channel well enough to be able to do it in the dark. Would not want to do it in the dark at low tide. Also glad that the last time I went camping, my big lantern was not working. So I picked up a water proof flashlight. I had one, which never needs batteries, but the light is very dim. The new flashlight shines a beam and has a red light at the bike. Perfect for nighttime. I had the dim light with me as well.
And this, is the last picture. Happy Independence Day!