Greetings from Florida, Dennis’ home state! After leaving Georgia we headed south to Perry, Florida where we stayed at a nice Elks Lodge. We had a minor repair done there and met some nice people who camped alongside us at the Elks. We spent an evening visiting and sharing drinks and appetizers.
After two nights there we traveled 60 miles south to Old Town, Florida and stayed at a place we had been to twice on our travels, Suwannee River Hideaway. This campground is family owned and is unique because they have a ¼ mile boardwalk that runs from the campground to the Suwannee River over a swamp. We would walk there each morning and evening and take pleasure in the gorgeous and ever changing views from the dock. The 246-mile long Suwannee River runs from South Georgia into Florida before it flows into the Gulf of Mexico and is inhabited by gators, bob cat, otter, fox. And in the Lower Suwannee area where there are many springs, the manatee flock to the warm waters there. We were ecstatic to finally have campfires again due to the ban in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia due to the drought. We knew we wanted to stay in Cedar Key next but couldn’t get a hold of the RV park we wanted to stay at and see again, Low Key Hideaway, so we drove the 40 miles one day and were SO excited to get one of their three spots starting the next day!!
Cedar Key is also on the Gulf of Mexico and is a small town whose predominant source of income is tourists and clamming. We had stayed there about 6 years ago, fell in love with the town and the RV Park/Motel/Tiki Bar associated with it that we wrote an article about Cedar Key for MotorHome magazine and it was finally published in October of 2015. Unfortunately, the town was hit hard by Hurricane Hermine last September and is just starting to recover. We set up at Low Key Hideaway and we were so fortunate to meet some wonderful people who we know consider dear friends after spending a week together there. Ann and Ray were amazing and we had a blast visiting, going to the Tiki Bar and we even took a tour of a clam farm with them!! Additionally, our friends from Michigan, Bryan and Matt also joined us for a couple days; RV folks are for the most part, good people! While there we walked into town a couple days, visited local sights such as the Shell Mound, the Lower Suwannee River Reserve and the Cedar Key Scrub Reserve. A bulk of our time was spent enjoying the scenery around the RV and just relaxing. We could sit on our deck and watch the herons, spoonbills, pelicans, osprey and eagles soaring above us searching for prey and sitting in the marsh patiently waiting for the next meal…..absolute paradise!
Now onto our next stop, Homosassa Springs where we hope to see manatee!