I've been staying with Francie until we both head out to western destinations, she to Nevada, me to California. She picked me up at the I-said-I'd-never-do-that-again bus station in Ocala and we headed north to see Kirk and Pam near the obliquely named spot in the road Sopchoppy, the Worm Gruntin' Capital of the World.
|Porch time with Pam and Kirk (and kitties)|
Wikipedia says this about the name: The town's name is a corruption of "Lockchoppe", derived from the Muskogee lokchapi (lokcha (acorn) / api (stem)), which was the old name of the nearby river.
There are other theories as well, but this one seems as good as any of them.
I'd been hearing about their place for years, but each time I drove by it, heading to the Gulf shores to camp in the Turtle, they were somewhere else. It was time!
|I don't know how big the property is but it's big!|
|Kirk's shop is huge, no surprise to anyone who knows him|
|The boat Pam and Kirk have worked on three years now.|
Launching time isn't far away.
|I love this wood burning stove Kirk made, named Croc.|
|One of Pam's sculptures. I'm in love.|
|All over the property are visual surprises.|
|What is it? Pam and Kirk are searching for the answer|
After sitting up talking
When you start seeing big expanses of water, you know you're there.
Little islets dot the waters around Cedar Key and the feel of another time and places hit immediately. Out of the woods, into the zone. A Florida I remember better than the one that exists today.
We walked the main drag, a very short walk, in search of a place to have lunch. The one we wanted to go to was closed so this place was it. It was okay, the oysters were good, but nothing to say, GO HERE!
|I did really like this oyster shell wall|
|Oysters and crab bisque, a fish sandwich and potato salad|
The oysters are from a local oyster farm and they were good
|This is for Jack, if he ever sees it.|
|There are still some funky buildings|
|Of course Francie loved this.|
After a long wait, the best AAA guy in the world showed up. He changed the tire and then followed us 40 miles back to where new tires could be purchased. He called ahead and with 5 minutes until closing, the tires were changed. We swapped old Florida stories and one he told us was really sad/maddening/sad.
Apparently, as 'Yankees' as he called them, found the charms of Cedar Key, they decided one aspect that any old Florida person considers part and parcel of Florida, wasn't so charming. Shrimp boats have been banned from Cedar Key, with the reason being they were 'unsightly'. That seems so bizarre, but it's true. There were a few more stories too, the ones you usually don't hear until you've been lured by the location and find yourself in Paradox. That's why he and a few more live 'out in the woods' nearby. Oh Florida!
Since neither of us like to drive at night anymore, we found a reasonable motel to stay in, in the town of Chiefland (it wasn't on my bucket list but it did the trick), found a BBQ place with excellent ribs and called it a night. The next morning, it was back to Lake Panasoffkee.
|With so much rain, the land is lush!|
|Some dragonflies entertained instead of birds|
|In all of the greens, these blooms stood out in fiery contrast|
While this trip took a curve unexpected, with a leap to the West far sooner than I thought, everything has a reason, some of which remain to be seen. Roll with it. Or fly. Life is short, carpe diem.
Have a Sunday Funday! Do something serendipitous!