It’s hard to believe, but we’ve now been stationary for a month on this wonderful island community of Cedar Key. And I’m not just referring to having the bus parked here. Neither Chris or I have ventured inland, and have only traveled as far as our feet or boat could take us.
Compare that to our fellow peers we’ve been camped amongst, who it seems someone is heading into Chiefland, Crystal River or Gainesville at least a couple times a week. Ironically, our Mini Cooper has had more travel than us this month, as it’s the most fuel efficient car to borrow for those runs to civilization.
While we know it’s less than 45 minutes to reach a full scale grocery store, we have instead found we can mostly thrive off the local economy. Of course, we’ve supplemented that with some Amazon.com Prime shipments and requesting an occasional favor from our friends to pick us up something. Two years ago this winter we were living on St. John in the Virgin Islands, which definitely well prepared us for island living and learning to adapt to what is available.
Cedar Key has one small market, two convenience stores and a produce stand that is open 5 days a week. As we try to lean towards a whole foods diet, it has been pretty easy to make that work for us. It’s also been marvelous having the Adablue Cafe right here onsite at Sunset Isles RV Park, which serves wonderful breakfasts and lunches for a very reasonable price. They’re even gluten free friendly and have soft serve ice cream!
We’ve gotten spoiled not needing to venture far from home for the month… it’s a nomadic homebody’s dream come true. We had thought we would procure some bicycles this visit, but in all honesty – we’ve not craved them. With the center of Cedar Key being just a 1.5 mile walk from our doorstep, it makes for an easy stroll.
Our gathering in Cedar Key has been slowly breaking up this week – reminding us of a band aid being slowly pulled off – and will continue over the coming days. Forrest and Mary headed onward yesterday. Clarke & Elaine and Pace & Kyeli will head in opposite directions on Monday morning.
And we’ll soon be departing too..
Earlier this week we announced we had extended our stay for the month of February. We spoke too soon, and have now had a change of plans.
My father’s latest test results have us wanting to instead refocus on family and the precious quality time left. So on Wednesday we’ll head south 2 hours to Spring Hill to first get some time with Chris’ folks.
After that, we’ll be heading back to Melbourne for the long haul to be with my parents to share in the good times, go on some local family adventures and face together what is to eventually come.
It’s been a sobering week, to say the least. And despite all the fantastic community and gorgeous sunset pictures we’ve been sharing, January was a very tough and draining month for us in multiple respects.
We thank you in advance for your understanding if things get sporadic here.
And for sure, we definitely welcome your positive thoughts, well wishes and prayers.