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Mush & Alga's Adventure: Christmas Trip December 2012 - Part Two
12-22-2012
More of our Christmas trip as we head to the Gulf side. Visited Cedar Key, Florida, then on the St Joseph State Park in Cape San Blas, Florida. Visited Apalachicola, FL.

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Apalachicola, FL, the Forgotten CoastWednesday, May 22, 2013
Apalachicola, Florida, is a small quaint southern town just a short drive from St. Joseph State Park.  This area of the Gulf Coast is known as the Forgotten Coast, you really do feel like you go back in time.  There are more than 900 historic homes, buildings and sites in Apalachicola.  In years past it was the largest shipping port on the  Gulf Coast.  A trip across the Apalachicola Bay takes you to barrier islands, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St. George and Dog Island.  Apalachicola is known for fishing, boating, birding, hiking, pristine beaches, shallow bays and marshes, shopping and eating.

We loved the downtown area, lots of cool shops like The Chocolate Company, Old Time soda Fountain Gifts & Seashells, Apalach Outfitters and more.  There is a cool old barber shop with some original fixtures that we loved (see our photos) that appears to still be used as a barber shop.  Really loved the photography of Richard Bickel, a photojournalist and photographer, who has a gallery in downtown Apalachicola.  

A fun day trip from St. Joseph State Park.


Apalachicola, FL - Video SlideshowWednesday, May 22, 2013
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Slideshow of the many of the 900 Historic homes, building and sites in the downtown area of Apalachicola, FL, the Forgotten Coast of Florida.  Old Time Soda Fountain Gifts & Seashells, Apalach Outfitters, the Chocolate Company, the Dixie Theatre and more.  Fun town to visit, small and quaint.


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The Chocolate Company is located in one of the 900 historic building, homes and sites in the downtown area of Apalachicola, FL, the Forgotten Coast of Florida.

Apalachicola, FL - 2 Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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900 historic homes, buildings and sites in the historic district of Apalachicola, FL., the Forgotton Coast of Florida.

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Lots of fishing boats in the downtown historic area of Apalachicola, FL.

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The Dixie Theatre's professional season runs January through March.  They also show movies.  Downtown Apalachicola, FL.

Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013
After St. Augustine, FL, we headed to the Gulf side of  Florida to the little island town of Cedar Key, FL.  Cedar Key is a quiet island community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is a small community of about 700 people where you will find clam farming as a multi-million dollar industry.  We ate lunch and shopped at the old-fashioned fishing village that is now a tourist center......cool place to spend some time.  It feels like you step off the fast track as it is not very "touristy".  There are a couple RV parks and a few hotels, a small airstrip, and a museum that we visited. It's off the beaten path and you can even see a nuclear power plant out on the horizon!

We stayed Sunset Isle RV Park & Motel which was very crowded and older and they don't really have water front spaces with a view.  The view is blocked by trees on almost all the spaces.  They have restaurant there and some chickens that I talked with for awhile.  That was fun.  The bathrooms were okay, colorful and clean.

We also visited the Cedar Key Museum State Park and learned some history of the area.



Sunsets in Cedar Key, FL.Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Love the pastels colors of this sunset as it frames the buildings in Cedar Key, FL.

Cedar Key, FL at DuskTuesday, May 21, 2013

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Pink skies make the pelicans look good as they roost on this old building in Cedar Key, FL.

Driving Around Cedar Key, FL.Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Driving around Cedar Key, FL. Video and a slide show of photos showing the downtown area, the Wharf area with lots of restaurants and shopping, a airplane taking off on the small airstrip and the spot where you can watch the sunsets. Nice little town, tourists haven't discovered it yet!


Wharf in Cedar Key, FL.Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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We watched the pelicans perch atop the old pier as we ate lunch on the Wharf in Cedar Key, FL.

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The locals and tourists watch the sunsets from this point in Cedar Key, FL.

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City Hall sits in the downtown area of Cedar Key, FL.

Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013
Cedar Key, on Florida's Gulf Coast, was a thriving port city and railroad connection during the 19th century. The Cedar Key Museum State Park shows us what life was like in the old days.  The museum displays many items collected by Saint Clair Whitman, lots of sea shells, arrow heads and a few snake skins!   Whitman was a local resident who turned his home into the first musuem in Cedar Key.   A short walk on the nature trail gives visitors the chance to see wildlife like small gray squirrels, doves, mockingbirds, blue jays, woodpeckers and green tree frogs.  The Whitman home sits on the park grounds near the the main museum.  You get some knowledge of the area after a visit to the museum.


The Whitman's House, Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key, FL.KeyTuesday, May 21, 2013

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Saint Clair Whitman house, built in the 1880s and acquired by Whitman in the 1920s. The house has been restored to depict life in Cedar Key circa 1920 - 1930, and is an important building on the grounds of the Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key, FL.

Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013

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The The Cedar Key Museum contains exhibits that depict its colorful history of the era when it was a thriving port city and railroad connection during the 19th century.  Part of the collection has sea shells and Indian artifacts collected by Saint Clair Whitman, the founder of the first museum in Cedar Key, FL.  Cannon is ready!

Museum, Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013
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The Cedar Key Museum contains exhibits that depict its colorful history of the era when it was a thriving port city and railroad connection during the 19th century.  Part of the collection has sea shells and Indian artifacts collected by Saint Clair Whitman, the founder of the first museum in Cedar Key.

Sunsets from Sunset Isle RV Park, Cedar Key, FL.Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Beautiful Sunsets from Sunset Isle RV Park, Cedar Key, FL.

Sunset Isle RV Park, Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013

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Love the reflection of the trees in the water at Sunset Isle RV Park, Cedar Key, FL.

Sunset Isle RV Park, Cedar Key, FLTuesday, May 21, 2013
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Overview of the RV Park.  The park sits near the water but trees block most views of the water from most sites unless you go onto one of the decks that sit on the water.  The park is crowded, the bathrooms were clean but older.  They do have chickens, which we loved!

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