The Hidden Coast (Cedar Key)

If you advertise something as “hidden,” is it still hidden? Same thing with “forgotten.” If you market it as such, it won’t be forgotten for long!

These are the silly thoughts that occupy my mind during long road trips alone. Since leaving the Mainship Many Moons, I’ve traveled at least 1,200 miles by car. That’s a lot of time to think.

I left the boat from “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” on the east end of the panhandle. On the drive home, I visited “Florida’s Hidden Coast.” The first “coast” name is trademarked. The second one isn’t, as far as I know. Which is just as well.

These are the areas called Old Florida, which predate the big-name attractions and high-rises and six-lane highways. I loved it, especially the quaint and almost-hidden seaside town of Cedar Key … except, that is, for the in-your-face political displays that have become rather coarse lately. I’ve seen these mostly in rural areas on this trip. It’s a kind of paradox, because the people making these coarse “statements” are often the friendliest people to meet on the sidewalk. And it’s a dilemma for me, because while my home is in the city, I prefer the out-of-the-way places and small towns. The “hidden places.” Yet the divisions which rend our country right now are not hidden in those places. In fact, they seem more visible…in flags and banners, window displays and overheard conversations.

So, my visit to Cedar Key was not as peaceful as I hoped, but it was restorative nonetheless. Next, a visit to a truly quiet place that reminded me of an old song…

(Reminder: This post is under “Reflections” on the blog menu. I will continue to post occasionally about the journey of Many Moons under “The Boat.” Choose which area interests you, and don’t forget about “The Camp,” which inspired this blog.)

The view from my waterfront motel room, looking west across the Gulf of Mexico.
You know it’s a small town when city hall looks like this.
Quirky artwork on Main Street in Cedar Key. Yes, fishing is big here.
Cedar Key’s fishing pier is the most tourist-y area of town but still retains its quaint rough-and-tumble feel.
Cedar Key has this in common with much of Florida: golf carts as a preferred method of local transportation.
We saw a lot of abandoned boats while cruising, but never this far from the shore. I saw this hulk next to the Cedar Cemetery, about 1/4 mile from the water.

2 thoughts on “The Hidden Coast (Cedar Key)

  1. Mary, I am so new, how do I get help?
    We often visit the island of St. George, a five-mile drive from Apalachicola. I assure you it is much more “hidden” than Cedar Key. I will read your past post and get caught up.
    John K. Cowperthwaite, Jr.
    PO Box 261
    Tenants Harbor, ME 04860


  2. Hi! I see that you figured out how to comment on this blog. Congratulations! I’m sorry that we did not get to Saint George’s island. Thank you for your email also and your offer.


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