So, after we left Dunnellon and the Rainbow Springs area, we headed for Cedar Key. Now, those of you who also read Pure Florida know this is the often written about stomping grounds of the adventurous Florida Cracker! And guess who we actually met!!
Of course, if you also read Pure Florida, you've probably already seen his post on our meeting! lol! Anyway, FC was at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival selling his wonderful clam chowder (which is really good) to raise money for his science department, so we naturally scarfed down a few cups. And numerous other seafood delights too! Due to FC being a vendor, however, we didn't have much opportunity to visit with him unfortunately, but we did get to chat for a little bit. As he mentioned in his post, it is a bit of an odd thing, although happily so, to finally meet someone in the flesh that you have "known" for so long. I estimate FC and I have read each other's blog for about 6 years now, so we have seen each other's lives change; seen a lot of each other's joys and sorrows. The cyber world can be a wondrous thing. Or horribly embarrassing (for me), I haven't decided which yet..LOL!
We also got to finally meet our good friends Myamuhnative, a regular commenter here, and her sister Julie. They very graciously showed us around the seafood festival and we got to spend a fair amount of time chatting before we had to leave in time to make it to our next destination. We also found our one purchased souvenir in one of the Cedar Key art galleries, so that was nice.
FloridaCracker dishing his tasty clam chowder! And yes, as he mentioned, I immediately stuck my foot in my mouth, dork that I am, by exclaiming that I thought he would have been taller. LOL! He just seems larger than life on his blog!
So, we reluctantly took off for more northern destinations and made it to St. George's Island by that evening. I had never been here before but Jack had many years ago before they made the eastern part of the island a State Park.
These are views from a 5 mile hike we did through the park and out to the shore.
This is Jack being dramatic after we had reached the shore and halfway mark of the hike. We did pass a few other hikers but as far as I could tell we were the only people out here on the shore.
While we were lounging here we saw a bald eagle flying overhead! It was my first sighting of one in the wild.
There were tons of these butterflies flitting about in waves practically. I've been to a couple of those "butterfly gardens" you know, where they have captured butterflies in buildings. Those places had nothing on this area. We would occasionally spot a Monarch in with these Gulf Fritillary and numerous other types also.
Our last morning on St. George's.
The lighthouse as we were leaving...