We left Port Charlotte Friday morning eager to begin another travel adventure on our way back to Michigan. There were hugs and handshakes with our Riverside neighbors and promises to stay in touch. We enjoyed our stay at Riverside Resort and will miss all of the friends we made there.
The traffic was pretty brutal most of the way up the Interstate and we observed something strange that we haven't been able to figure out. As we drew near Tampa, the traffic began to thin noticeably. We noticed police vehicles at all the entrance ramps, blocking traffic from entering the Interstate. We kept rolling along and never did find out why traffic was not allowed to enter. There is always something different in our travels and that's what makes it so interesting.
Altogether we drove 225 miles and because of the traffic, it took us almost six hours to arrive at Cedar Key RV Resort. Because we were traveling on a Friday, we did make reservations but we really didn't need them. This park is fairly new and not very busy at all. It's nicely laid out with plenty of room for big rigs but parts of the resort are not finished. Maybe next year............
We definitely know that we're still in Florida since there are two little 'gators in the front pond of this park. Hopefully, they won't be too shy and I will be able to get pictures.
On Saturday we drove into the Island of Cedar Key for their annual Fine Arts Festival. There were a large number of booths displaying all sorts of art and we stopped to admire many of the artists' work.
Of course, there cannot be a festival without food booths and we happily sampled some world famous crab cakes along with a pina colada smoothie. Yummy.....
We originally made reservations here for three days but when out time was up, we added another two days because it is so beautiful here. Today we made the decision to add another week to our stay so we will have more time to explore the area. We aren't in a big hurry to get back to Michigan anyway, since it stays cold there until May.
On Sunday and Monday we explored Levy County and have plans to spend more time on the island tomorrow.
Early this morning Roger and I woke up to loud thunder and lightning. Bad storms were forecasted so when it began, we both came downstairs to keep an eye on what was going on. It wasn't too severe here but other parts of the country were not so fortunate. There were tornado and thunderstorm outbreaks all across the mid section of the country, the most since 2008, according to the newscasts.
It was quite cool and cloudy most of the day today and we just hung out in the rig, watching cable movies and reading and I baked a pan of brownies.
For dinner tonight I baked a pork tenderloin and red potatoes and we rounded it out with a caprese salad.
Tomorrow we have plans to go to the Island Hotel for a local seafood dinner. Can't wait to see what else the day has in store.........