I'm one of those people that gets easily distracted by road signs. If a sign says that a cool place is only a few miles away (even if it's out of the way), chances are that I'll go there. This often gets me in the situation of turning 2-hour trips into all day adventures.
Returning from a trip to Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, I couldn't resist the temptation to head out to Cedar Key to take a quick look around. It's been a little while since my last visit, so a stop in was definitely in order. Colorful buildings, a wonderful coastal vibe, white pelicans – yep, Cedar Key is still awesome.
Although it's usually not the reason that most folks visit, Cedar Key has a small beach at the city park. I sat out on the sand for about an hour, looking out over the water and daydreaming of kayaking around Atsena Otie Key and several other of the small islands nearby.
Here's a panorama of the beach and park. If you get the chance to Cedar Key, take some time to hang out at the beach and relax. Oh, and grab some Tony's three-time World Champion Clam Chowder. That stuff rocks.