Monday, April 23, 2012

Things to do in Cedar Key......

One of the things I LOVE about Cedar Key is all the yoga that is available. I started my search for yoga in Cedar Key long before we arrived - there is a little  newsletter I found online that posted 3 different options for yoga - Tues/Thurs mornings- Relaxing Yoga with the masseuse Mary Innskeep at the Episcopal Church, Mon/Wed/Fri mornings - Intermediate Yoga with cd's at the Library and Tues/Thurs afternoons - Gentle Yoga at the Library. Initially I wasn't too excited about the offerings i.e. no real "studio" but I was happy that there were some options. My second day here I ventured out to the Relaxing Yoga class and was warmly greeted by about 20 people. Mary had brought a few extra mats for those who did not have any and she led a slow-paced hour-long yoga class. I happened to sit next to a woman who was extremely friendly and started up a conversation with me after the class. We immediately became friends. Her name was Lonna and she spends her winters here every year escaping the cold of her home in Michigan. She owns one of the elevated condos on the water. She also told me that I would really like the MWF yoga class as it was a little more advanced. This was the best advice as I'm not sure I would have ever gone to it because it was led with a cd; but I went the next day and was hooked! It was a great class and they use a different cd each day, all of which have been top notch; quite a few of them were in the Kripalu style which I really like. They use a separate meditation cd after shivasana for those that want to stay a bit longer. There is a closet full of mats, blankets, blocks and straps. Fewer people were in this class - the room was wonderful and the energy divine. These classes are all free, but once a year this class asks for a donation which they use for a specific purpose - this year they are going to buy a new cd player. I saw Lonna again at that class and we made plans to have dinner together. Lonna is my mom's age and we really just clicked - she said she's usually just too "quirky" for most people - hah, I thought, if she only knew!! Luckily for me she wasn't leaving town for a few weeks so we had time to get to know each other a little, have a few more meals together, and she even came over with her friend Neil to check out our rig and have happy hour with us.
Happy Hour with Lonna, Neil, Sini and Bob at our home. Lonna says "Peace baby".
I think that second day found Bill down at the local hardware store buying his Florida fishing license, a new, heavier pole, bait and tackle for the area. That license wasn't cheap but we expected to be in the state for a few months and he'd have lots of opportunities to bring home dinner. Most fishing in Cedar Key is done from a pier or dock, as opposed to stream fishing, which Bill usually does, so his little backpack fishing pole wasn't going to cut it. People were incredibly friendly and helpful and Bill isn't averse to asking questions, so it was a win-win situation. 

One of our favorite things to do is to hang out at the beach, floating the hours away on our rafts or just chillin' on the sand. Everyone here has gotten quite used to seeing our decorated bikes with us sporting our back-pack beach chairs and baskets full of coolers of refreshing beverages.

Cedar Key has a fairly new pier that is huge and is always busy with fishermen and pelicans any time of day or night...depending on the tide. That's one thing you have to watch around here - whether boating or fishing, the tides are important! The pier is right on Dock Street, close to the little park and beach and most of the restaurants and shops that make up "downtown." It's all a mere 1.5 miles from our rv park - easy biking and walking distance, which really floats my boat!

One doesn't come to Cedar Key to shop, that is for sure...but living in 
an RV isn't really conducive to much shopping anyway. There is a small grocery store that even sports a meat counter, well kind of! You can find fresh baked bread, produce, and actually just about everything you'd need. From Thursday to Sunday there is a nice produce stand and many of the cafes keep these same hours. The Pyrate Isle is a great little sauce store where Bill found the makings for some fabulous ribs he cooked up one night. 

Just up the street is a Dollar Store that has everything you need to set trail for a Hash! Of course, there's a liquor store and well, I guess that's just about it! We tend to hang out at The Big Deck for a couple of reasons...our new friend, Amy, works there, they allow dogs (good for Maria and Brian), and they actually have music, good food, and a great beer selection! We've been twice to the Island Room (kind of pricey but they have amazing specials on Mondays and Thursdays) and lately we've been frequenting the Island Hotel.

And last, but not least, we spend most everyday hanging out at the Low-Key Hideway Tiki Bar. It is literally stumbling distance from where we park. The sunset views are the very best, the beer selection pretty good, and the bar-keep extraordinary! I have mentioned Pat and Cindy in most every blog I've written about Cedar Key - they are one of "us"- full-timers who just happen to be temporarily parked right now, taking some time out to have a new and different experience. There have been many nights where we crowd-sourced our dinners on their gas bbq, some of these were quite epic!
Low-Key Hideaway Tiki Bar Fun!!

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