We knew from weather forecasts that a front bearing rain and wind was coming sometime Wednesday, so we got together with Forest and Cindy (Finally Newellin) to visit some of the local springs. Florida is rife with natural springs. There are several here on the west coast of Florida near our location, and some of them are visited by Manatees when the coastal waters, or rivers get too cold. Typically these springs are around 72 degrees. We hoped we might see some Manatees, but since it is not that cold right now the odds are they would not be retreating to the springs for warmth.
Nice file photo from the internet of Manatees in the springs
Crystal clear spring water
Mangroves along the Suwannee River
I actually thought Fanning Springs State Park was a prettier setting, and its closeness to town, and strong cell signal were pluses if you were to camp here. Fanning is a Class 2 springs meaning it puts out around 40 million gallons of water a day. They also have nice rental cabins, boat launches, a swimming area, and a nice RV section. No Manatees were sited at this park either.
Fanning Springs swim area
Another example of the extensive boardwalks...this one at Fanning Springs
From Fanning Springs State Park it was a short hop to Otter Springs County Park. Each of the State Parks charged a $6 per vehicle entry fee, but the County Park charged nothing for us to drive around.
After a picking up some groceries from the Winn Dixie and fueling up Forest's Chevy Z-71 we headed back to Sunset Isle. The westerly winds had been pushing water from the Gulf into the back bay all day, and when we returned the water was up to the bottom of the docks....the highest by a few feet we had seen since we arrived a month ago.
Our NuRVers group had a Tex Mex Buffet schedule for 5:15, and there was some concern about the wind, but we found that right next to Chris and Cherie's GM bus it was pretty sheltered, so we gathered there for some great food, which included a Gumbo offering by Forest and Cindy (Yummy!), a Puerto Rican dish (Cherie and Chris), Black Bean Chili from TLE, Tex Mex Potatoes by Forrest and Mary Clark, some Veegan Nachos and salsa by Bill and Debby Kasson.....no doubt I have inadvertently left someone's contribution out, and I apologize in advance. We had our typical great time together eating, and watching another Cedar Key sunset......#34 for us.
The wind continued all night long, sometimes very gusty (it is still blowing as I write this morning around 9 am), and eventually the rain came, while it was intense for a time, it did not last a long.
We've only 4 days left in Cedar Key, but we approach our departure date knowing we have done everything here we wanted to do, and are now looking forward to our trip down the coast to Key West!
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