Last weekend we headed to the Seafood Festival in Cedar Key. We went with some friends from the park...Ken, Vel, and Maggie. The mission of the day was quite simple...to get seafood! But first we had a parade to watch.
|Yep - this is the police "car" for Cedar Key. Gotta love small towns!|
|Very cool float complete with Ariel|
|Island Pizzeria "float". The 2nd best pizza we've ever had...(first is Dan's Mom's!!)|
|Anyone and any vehicle can enter a small town parade!|
|Cute dog float!|
|The guy in the mask must have been oh so hot! Temps were in the mid-80s!|
Back when we were at Three Rivers State Park, the camp host had asked if we visited Florida State Parks regularly. I said yes and she gave me a coupon that was for free entry into any state park for up to 6 people or free entry into Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for 2 people. I had been holding on to that coupon for a few months and, as it expired the end of December, needed to use it before we left Florida. We took a day trip with Vel and Maggie earlier this week to check it out.
Homosassa Springs Wlidlife State Park is a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned manatees until they can be returned to the wild. There are also other animals there that, for some reason or another, can not be returned to the wild. Our first stop was to listen to one of the park attendants speak about manatees.
We watched the manatees for quite some time and even got to see them get fed!
|This gal was waiting patiently for her food!|
|Not what I would like but I am sure they enjoyed it!|
|Beautiful butterflies were everywhere|
|Patience paid off|
|There were so many swans.|
Thank goodness there was no splatter!
They had quite a few alligators...most were sunning themselves but there was one that was raising such a ruckus! He was slinking in and out of the water...not sure what the commotion was for!
|Lazing away in the sun...|
|Would swimming really be an option?|
|Check out his teeth!|
Definitely not a hippo or alligator! ;-)
There were so many birds at Homosassa Springs! We had a great time looking at them all. And, as a bonus, I got to see the Roseate Spoonbill up close. We had seen these in Cedar Key but only at a distance.
|Can't remember this guys name|
|Couldn't resist one last photo of the Roseate Spoonbill|