Cedar Key, Florida


When I left Wisconsin in February of 2017 I was still debating on which town would be number seven of the This is America Too project. I had recently chosen Florida instead of Tennessee because the weather was still too cold for me that far north. After spending the first half of the winter in the frozen Midwest, I needed warmth and knew Florida could provide it. When I crossed the state-line near Jacksonville I had a few towns in mind with the strongest possibility being Boca Grande located on a small island near Fort Myers and Sarasota. As I made my way down the Atlantic and onto the Keys over several days, I started to question myself. By the time I was through the Everglades and to the region, I had decided to go with my second choice, Crystal River. Before heading there I spent a week at my Uncle Dan’s house in Nokomis, just an hour north of Boca Grande. The two of us visited the town and the trip assured that I made the right choice. It wasn’t the Florida I was in search of; it seemed a bit too uptight, too ritzy. When I finally said my goodbyes to my uncle and started north to Crystal River, I was convinced I had found my spot. Once again I was going to change my mind…

 

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