I missed seeing the map earlier until Bixa mentioned it to me, Kerouac. Thanks for posting it. I'm sure I've posted maps before in other threads, but it's always nice to be reminded that the islands of Cedar Key are sitting out in the middle of a lot of water.
I see that the last hurricane to graze it was Elena in 1985. Obviously the place doesn't stand a chance is there is a direct hit by a major storm, except for a little protection offered by those outer keys.
If there was even a vague threat from a serious gulf storm I'd leave Cedar Key and head inland as quickly as possible. Though the water in that area is very shallow, as flat as it is, the islands would not stand up to a well-aimed storm.
The funny thing was, I had three camera batteries with me, but had forgotten the charger. Two of the batteries were already dead, so I used the third to take photos all weekend. My daughter was supposed to bring the charger when she came to pick up V, but she got sidetracked and forgot. So, I nursed that one battery along as best I could and it totally died after the last sunset picture. I hadn't even been able to get the pictures off my camera until later. That's why I'd forgotten about them.
The town sustained a lot of damage during Hurricane Hermine last fall and is still recovering. The local post office just re-opened this past week. In the meantime, services were operated out of a truck.
Some of the condo buildings along the waterfront were still sporting plywood in place of windows and doors, and missing deck railings were obvious everywhere.
And this old restaurant/bar, closed down for years after a fire, is even more of a wreck now.
This intrepid group of high school students from Gainesville chose to spend their weekend studying marine science "out in the field." In the next few photos you can see them gathered on a spit of land, uncovered only during times of low tide. I observed from a distance for the next couple of hours as the students received instruction, hunted and gathered specimens, and then received more instruction from their teachers.
Finally, at seemingly the last minute, they gathered up their buckets and waded back to shore as the tide continued to come in.
I figured they'd have to start swimming if they waited much longer, Mossie.
Thank you, Bixa. The weather was perfect. Very cool mornings, but warming up so that I wore shorts in the afternoons. This is spring for us. Our redbuds are now in full bloom, and the azaleas are about a week short of peaking.