Wednesday was the designated pontoon boat tour of the local waters and islands (keys). Pat Bonish, who owns and operates Low Key Hideaway Resort (and Tiki Bar) with his wife Cindy, offered to be our captain and tour guide for the afternoon. Eight intrepid souls signed up for "a three hour tour".......I apologize.....I just had to sneak in a Gilligan's Isle reference.....pretty weak, huh? Actually it was to be, from the beginning, a 4-6 hour tour....the length depending on the 8 of us. As it turned out we spent around 6.5 hours on the water visiting Seahorse Key and its lighthouse, North Key, Atsena Otie Key as well as the back bay areas around Cedar Key. Atsena Otie Key was the original site of the town called Cedar Key, but after the devastating hurricane of 1896 the town was moved back one island (key) to its present site.
Seahorse Key Light Station
The ever lovely Elaine
A flock of white pelicans on a sand spit in the middle of the bay
These are VERY LARGE pelicans....maybe a 10' wing span
Cemetery on Atsena Otie Key
Our pontoon boat at the dock on Atsena Otie Key
Along the shoreline on Seahorse Key
Chips, salsa and a Snowdrift Vanilla Porter near sunset on Seahorse Key
As we were sitting out in the Gulf awaiting the sunset we were surprised by serendipity....a pod of dolphins frolicked nearby as the sun set on another magical Cedar Key day. They were so close you could hear them breath each time they breached the surface.
# 27To be sure, it was a chilly day on the water.....never got much above 61 degrees, but the breeze was light, the skies clear, and the water mostly flat all afternoon. We arrived back in the harbor just after dark with smiles on our collective faces. Over 6.5 hours we covered many nautical miles, and got a completely different perspective of the area surrounding Cedar Key with Captain Pat providing us with a wealth of information about the area. The cost per person broke down to $26.25......not bad for a great afternoon of site seeing.
One might think this day was over, and could not get any better, but there is more.....our good Newell friends, Forest and Cindy, arrived in their 1993 Newell (39') while we were out on the water. They have just recently sold their sticks and bricks home, divested themselves of a lifetime accumulation of stuff, and hit the road full time for a few years. We first met them in Creede, CO at a Newell mini-rally, and then again in Santa Fe, NM. And we have parked on their former property in Thibodaux, LA. We made a quick change of clothes and walked over to greet them around 7 pm. After a glass of Pinot Grigio we headed into town for dinner around 8 pm and found the Blue Desert Cafe open! Cool....I thought they were closed on Wednesdays. We sat talking for a couple of hours, and enjoying another amazing meal....I had the grilled tuna steak special with zucchini and rice.....everything cooked to perfection! As I have mentioned before, the Blue Desert Cafe is only open for dinner each day, and opens at 5pm. This quirky, funky place is not open every day, so check ahead for their schedule.
Okay, this day of serendipity is now officially deemed over. Thanks for stopping by!
say hi to forest and cindy for us. i have the official Gilligans Island pinball and while you are playing it it has the soundtrack and sound effects blasting....ReplyDelete
it wasnt working when you guys were here but i have since fixed it.
looks like a fun day