For the fifth year, John and I spent New Year’s Day developing a list of things we want to do this year. In 2013 we felt the need to make a list of fun things to do during the year because we were spending so much time working we lacked the much talked about “work life balance”.
The list we created was meant to add some fun into the year by trying new restaurants, taking short trips and making use of our limited free time. Little did we know that this would become a well loved tradition.
Just as we’ve done the past four years, we sat down with the lists we’d developed to negotiate what 17 items would make the list in 2017. Since there’s no longer a work schedule to plan around, our list includes many more extended vacations, but it also includes several things that have become much loved annual events such as family weekend, our annual sunrise/sunset trip when we catch the sunrise over the Atlantic and the sunset over the Gulf on the same day and our version of a triathlon in which we take part in a biking, hiking and water activity over the course of a day or two.
Camping, trips to National Parks, museums, a play, baseball and biking all made the list this year. Of course, we’ll be squeezing this year’s adventures between visits with grandchildren so it’s going to be quite a year.
When looking for a different place for a bike ride, I discovered a post on the Bike Florida website with their list of Florida’s Top 10 bike rides. Listed as the best small town bike ride was Cedar Key. The site offered a list of things to see along a thirteen mile path through the area’s three keys.
We started at the Cedar Key Museum State Park, a perfect place to park, touring the grounds before our ride.
Of course, I had to stop at the historic Cedar Key cemetery and bordering the cemetery is Cemetery Point Park with a boardwalk providing views of the salt marsh.
Back on the bikes, we rode on the bike path and streets along the water and through neighborhoods eventually ending up at the airport where you could take a short flight for $25 per person.
While at the airport a man and two children boarded one of the small planes for a flight over the islands. I’m not sure I’d have wanted to be the pilot since the boy kept saying he didn’t want to get in the plane or go flying. I wonder if he screamed and cried the whole time they were in the air.
We hit most of the suggested destinations on the Bike Florida guide…Beachside, Main Street, Dock Street, the Town of Cedar Key. Of course, no ride would be complete without a stop at a restaurant so we ate at Tony’s, home of World Famous Clam Chowder, and then walked along Main Street before riding back to the museum.
Since we didn’t bike the Suwanee River portion, our ride fell short of the thirteen miles listed, but we’ve already made plans for a return visit.