Let me start with saying this is a continuation of our Crystal River weekend………but this post is focused on a place a short road trip away from our rental. It’s really a continuation of my previous post – if the posts get too long, problems pop up and my frustration level goes waaaaay up. That’s not good for me or Eric.
We visited Cedar Key, Florida – approx. 1 hour away. It’s much closer as the crow flies, but we had to drive.
- It was founded in the 1850s, but its big break was when it became the western station on the Florida Railroad.
- As an important port, it saw some action in the Civil War.
- After the war, the many cedar trees brought prosperity when the Faber pencil company opened a wood mill here.
Today, Cedar Key feels like an old fishing village, with some artists thrown in. If you’re not aware, clams are big business. When the gill net ban went into place, the residents of Cedar Key were close to University of Florida and found another seafood industry. Ninety-five percent of Florida’s clams come from this waterfront town.
You could probably say we headed this way due to this food item.
Not specifically the canned version, but this bowl (and hush puppies).
Tony’s Seafood Restaurant opened in 2005 and the popularity of his chowder caused patrons to ask for quantities to take home. He was asked to compete in the 2009 Great Chowder Cook-off and won! He competed the following two years (won both) and his recipe was retired in the Chowder Hall of Fame.
We had two more places to visit in the town. There’s this hotel with a ‘famous’ (slightly risqué) painting behind the bar. Eric wanted to stop in for a drink, but alas, it didn’t open until 5pm – next visit. I found a photo on the internet of what we missed.
I wanted to stop at their Community Garden and the weather held off long enough for our visit.
Several of the beds had success growing veggies (eggplant is shown) and flowers.
I walked up while Eric was talking to this lady (Denise) and joined in with sharing some tips and tricks I learned in my first Disney role. She had a great looking garden. You can tell she has a passion and knack for growing. 🙂 That tall plant on the left is kale.
Public Art – I think I notice it more since we saw so much in Iceland. The garden itself had several interesting pieces.
Walking back to our truck, we passed by a wall that contained this painting using a section of tin roofing as their platform – pun intended. Notice the structure in the bottom corner of the painting?
Loved all of these faces found on another section of the building.
Along with this mural. Once again, that structure is seen in this painting. I tried to google it, but this time I had no luck. It remains a mystery to me.
It’s a fun place to visit and to return. We’ll be back – again.