|The beginning of Dock Street|
|The view of the wharf area from the pier|
|Quiet and peaceful|
|Across the salt marsh|
|A pretty little pond|
And that took care of our last day in Cedar Key. Our plans then had us going around and out the panhandle a little bit to Carrabelle, FL, about 200 miles away. It was a pleasant drive on a beautiful day and we only picked up a couple thousand love bugs on the way, we remarked how it seemed we were almost out of them:-) We are parked now directly across the street from a beach that goes for miles in either direction, and the sand even though I'm not a true fan, is powdery, white, and soft, yet near the water it is excellent for walking.
We took a long ride yesterday to explore the area and especially to find some Tupelo Honey. We had never had it before and read where it is very special, unique, only is available for a short time each year, and is considered the best of the best. We drove to Wewahitchka, FL to visit Lanier's which has been selling Tupelo honey since 1898. Tupelo honey is produced from the flowers of the Tupelo Gum Tree which blossoms in April and May, and it is the only honey that will not granulate. So we met one of the owners of Lanier's and she told us it was lucky we showed up as this season was a complete disaster as it poured rain during the blossoming time, knocked the blossoms off the trees and since the bees don't work in the rain, good union I guess, the production was almost nonexistent! We were invited in to see the processing of the honey and as she warned us about getting stung, I went to the truck to wait for Jan:-) Jan emerged unscathed but the owner got stung once? Good timing for us though and we snagged a couple jars of, and after tasting it, have to admit it is unique and delicious, of genuine Tupelo Honey.
Then off to find some Apalachicola Oysters, considered by many to be the best oysters. Apalachicola is a small, working and tourist town right on the water and home to fishing and oystering. Good old TripAdvisor pointed us to the Hole in the Wall Seafood as one of the best for oysters.
|The "beautiful" decor|
It was a tiny place that was packed when we arrived, and the only seats were at the bar right in front of Dwayne, the shucker. It had a weird vibe, as the only waitress almost attacked us when we sat down after she welcomed us, hmmmmm. But we announced we each wanted a dozen oysters to start off, and she told us we were behind a lot of other people and hold your horses. Had kind of a Faneuil Hall vibe where the schtick is pushy waitresses, but we held our surprise and in just a few moments, Dwayne handed us each a dozen sensational oysters, and we forgot about "Peggy Sue". Slurp, slurp, they were fantastic!
After the first dozen I decided my lunch would be another dozen, which Dwayne started on immediately, and Jan decided to get some gumbo, while carefully asking "Peggy Sue" for a bowl, and after yelling at another customer for asking for tartar sauce nicely said she'd get the gumbo right out, yeah, strange place. After a considerable wait, the huge and excellent gumbo came out.
|A shrimper along the dock|