We experienced this same dynamic when we spent just over 5 weeks living in Cedar Key, FL beginning in late December, 2013. Next to Lake Tahoe, Cedar Key is one of our favorite places in the United States. Many of the friendships we have formed since we began traveling find their roots in Cedar Key. We first met Bill and Debby in Cedar Key in March of 2012....just 5, or 6 weeks into our nomadic adventure. There was an immediate affinity, and then we found out they were originally from Lake Tahoe before they decided to become full time nomads. Well, that just "sealed the deal" as they say. Later that year many of us who met for the first time in Cedar Key returned for extended stays. We got to know Bill and Debby better....went bicycling with them, dinned out together, took walks, etc.
When we both arrived in South Lake Tahoe a week ago we had not seen each other since February of 2013......our paths had come close to intersecting on several occasions, but things did not quite work out to hook up, yet we maintained contact via Facebook, and their blog entitled "Bill and Debby's Wild Ride". So, when we both arrived at Tahoe Valley Campground (to be referred to from this point on as TVC) it was as if no time had passed....we just picked up where we left off....and that is how it has been with our other Cedar Key friends (Chris & Cherie, Sam & Tracy, Dennis & Jeanette, Krash & Karen, Brian & Maria, and Bill & Debby).
Later in the day, just after 5, we convened at Bill and Debby's site for their annual "It's Good To Be Home" Happy Hour. Throughout the evening we were introduced to a rather eclectic group of people.....most younger than us.....many of whom also mountain bike the local trails on a regular basis, and I was invited to join a group of them Saturday morning for a ride.....just what I have been hoping for! We met people from all walks of life, including Ron who comes every year with a keg of his latest micro brew. His brew of choice this evening was a what he calls a Belgian Quad coming in at about 8.5 ABV....a truly great sipping beer that rivals some of the best we have sampled over the past few years. Of course there were Mark, Michelle, Paul, Daniel, Julie, Steve, Danielle, Bob & Jen, and their daughter Scarlett....the list goes on, and no doubt we will see them at future Happy Hours.....this laid back, almost "island" mentality is what I am coming to love about the South Lake Tahoe vibe.
We trundled home about 9 pm and while TLE headed for slumberland I got my mountain bike ready for riding Saturday morning.....
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