Well, we’ve arrived in Cedar Key FL and are safely parked in site 1 here at the Low Key Hideaway…and it’s finally warm! Yea! After our time in Nashville we left early Wednesday morning and after 310 miles arrived in Auburn AL. We ended up going to the wrong RV park though…we went to the one that we originally wanted to stay at on the north side of town…but when Neil called them he couldn’t get ahold of anybody to make a reservation (or maybe they didn’t have a pull through available, he can’t remember) so we ended up making a reservation at the campground on the south side of town near the freeway. Unfortunately; he bold faced the wrong park in the Travel Notes file…and hence picked off the wrong address for Google Maps…this error carried over to the GPS directions so we showed up to the wrong place. Once we got sorted out where we actually needed to be we punched the new and correct address into the GPS and headed for the correct destination. We got stopped in a bit of traffic and construction but got there OK and got parked. We headed over to Opelika for dinner at Country’s BBQ…it was just as good as we remembered and the decor of the place hasn’t changed a bit. We even had enough leftovers that we saved them for dinner on Friday night.
The only picture we took in Auburn was of the first home we purchased back in 1983 at 117 Carter Street, it hasn’t changed much since we sold it.
Thursday we got up and after another 175 miles arrived in Tifton GA (or maybe Enigma GA, it was identified as both by various combinations of Google Maps and our various GPS devices) where we parked at the Lakeside RV Park (didn’t see any lake though)…which was run by a through and through good old boy from Georgia. We had some leftover chicken that Neil pan fried with Panko crumbs on it from Tuesday night in Nashville so that was dinner. We had a nice (huge) grass site in the middle of the field so it was easy in and easy out.
Friday morning we got underway for the 198 mile trip to Cedar Key…about 90 miles down I-75 then the remainder on US-119 which was mostly four lane and then the last 28 miles on FL-345 which is two lane, narrow, and twisty. We got here about 1330 and Cindy in the office was at lunch…we had decided to just park and wait until she got back but she heard us out front and went ahead and registered us. There were 3 open sites when we arrived and the RVs for the other two sites arrived within 15 minutes of us so we all went ahead and got parked. Cindy wasn’t very familiar with helping RVs back into the sites so Neil gave the other folks a hand while Connie (and their wives) blocked traffic for us. Once all of that was done we got unhitched and setup for our week…we don’t plan on doing much as we did all of the hikes here last time so we’re mostly going to just goof off.
Here’s a shot of our site 1 with the Tiki Bar (well, at least the edge of the roof) and of our backyard which as you can see pretty much looks over the water.
Today Neil updated his Macbook Pro to the new version of Mac OS X Mavericks…it was released last week and he downloaded it but didn’t have time to back up, get ready, and do the update until today. While that was going on we watched ‘Bama roll over Tennessee 45-10…they scored 21 points in the first quarter and were up 28 – 0 at the half. They finally had to punt well into the third quarter but it was pretty much another stellar game on both sides of the ball. Next victim is LSU in two weeks.
Our internet here is pretty slow…no wifi and even the air card barely has any signal…so Neil’s going to drag the laptops down to the library on Monday to post this unless he gets lucky this evening or tomorrow.
Dinner tonight was some Pork Piccata with a side dish of Farfalle pasta with Olive Oil, Italian Spices, Panko crumbs for crunch and grated Parmesan on top. Pretty yummy and we’ve got leftover pork and sauce for some sandwiches for lunch tomorrow.
Sunday we went to Mass and then a bike ride…followed by lunch and football. After wandering over to the Tiki Bar for a brew we came home and had some broiled fish for dinner and then Neil grabbed some sunset shots to make you jealous of our spot here in warm, sunny Florida. He also grabbed a couple of shots after dark; both are about 30 second exposures in pitch black…the first one captures the derelict fishing boat off of the beach, the boat itself was almost invisible to the naked eye it was so dark but the long exposure gives it a nice orangey appearance which fits in perfectly with this weeks Halloween. The second one is of the Milky Way galaxy overhead; it’s the bright strip from lower left to upper right with the dark band in the center. The Milky Way is the galaxy we are part of and it’s a large spiral galaxy. The bright stripe is looking into the disk of the galaxy, the dark band in the center is composed of interstellar dust. It’s usually pretty hard to see this sight due to light pollution, it’s better here but we’re really not far enough from civilization to get an excellent view of the galaxy itself…I’ll try again in a couple weeks by driving out into the middle of the Everglades.