Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Update, Logs and The Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Here's my pal, Denny ... Captain Dennis Voyles (Fishing Guide/Teacher) and his students preparing fish at their booth.
Denny has started the first ever FFA chapter at the tiny Cedar Key school and already, he and his students have captured a state championship.
This booth had some of the best fish I've ever eaten.
Honestly, it was as good as any I have ever had and fried fish is my favorite way to eat fish (sorry Tony Horton, I ain't giving that up).

ThunderDave's fish nugget plate.

This weekend, ThunderDave and Lightning were down to check on their house progress and to experience the Cedar Key Seafood Festival.

Dave in his element.

We gorged on fried fish mostly. The Cedar Key FFA students were pumping out perfectly fried fish nuggets and we were scarfing them down as soon as they came out of the hot oil.
The Cedar Key Seafood festival arts and crafts row.
Lots of goodies.
Some art. (True talent)
Some craft. (Nice, but anyone could do that)
Some other stuff. (How did that get in the show?)
... Just like any art show.

Cedar Key has several festivals throughout the year and they are always well done. You really can't go wrong visiting Cedar Key ... unless you hate saltwater, salt air, great food, fantastic fishing, beautiful scenery, wildlife, lovely sunsets, and nice people.

Thunder and Lightning soaking up the Cedar Key sun.
Festival planners dream of weather like we had yesterday and ... it seems, today.
Clear, cool, sunny ... perfect event weather.
The festival was a blast.

(If you are new to PF, Dave was my college roomie at UWF)

The log walls of their home are going up and it was pretty exciting to walk around the shell of their future home after an excellent day at Cedar Key.
After a day of walking through the art and craft displays, eating Cedar Key seafood, and climbing all over the homesite, we headed to PFHQ to make "Jerk Chicken Chili".

Friday, I rode Raptor Red (Kawa Vulcan 500cc) into work for the first time and it was Suwweeeeet!
It was about 50 degrees on the way in, but my old park service vest with an outer jacket and my gloves kept me comfy.

Today was warmer and while taking Emma for a ride, a bald eagle swooped out of a pine and drifted about 15 feet above our head.
He repeated that on the way back ... I think there must have been a deer or hog carcass nearby.
Sweet to the tenth power.


lisa said...

My dad used to always have a Harley in his driveway then one day he decided that he was to old for a bike and wanted to go with a fishing boat. Your Vulcan is a beauty! Looks like you had a great time at the festival. Always wanted a log home. Lucky friends.

Anonymous said...

I love your comment about the art fair - it's right on target. I love them, and almost always end up buying something, but sometimes I wonder ...

who wouda thunk it?? said...

I will call it Spock, it is a Vulcan you know, it's only logical

The Florida Blogger said...

I was going to try and make it up there this weekend but life hit. Next year...

Cathy S. said...

Very handsome (you and the bike). But, where's your HELMET!?

PS Why didn't you and Thunder go to Daytona this weekend?

Thunder Dave said...

It was great to see you guys again and I agree that was the best fish I have ever eaten!
I've had trouble logging on with my computer, and the hotel's computer doesn't have a slot for my camera chip, so I'll have to wait to post our pics until we get home!

Floridacracker said...

They are a lucky pair!

Ditto. I think there is a big difference between art and craft.

Who Woulda,
That is excellent! I am such a Trekker, can't believe I did not think of that too!

Understand completely. I had not been out there for a couple of years myself.

Cathy S,
Thanks! No helmet because it's just in my backyard.
We do wear helmets!
No Daytona for me. I like open roads.

Fun visit! I will email you those pics!

Felicia said...

I ALMOST went to the Cedar Key Seafood Festival, but it was the last weekend of fall migration and I couldn't quite tear myself away from my birds! Sounds like fun, though.

And I bet you must have impressed your students with your grand entrance on that gorgeous bike! Ride safe!

Doug Taron said...

Mmm...Cedar Key. It's hard to believe that it's already just about a year since you and I took a hike out near there.

Floridacracker said...

Sounds like you spent the day doing what you love!

I was thinking about that the other day when Jr took Bear on a long walk and he came back panting and wore out!

Miz S said...

Mmmmm. Fried fish. Now I'm hungry.

Y'all are having waaaaay too much fun down there.

Floridacracker said...

Miz S,
Well, it's not like going to a used book store, but we do what we can.

Michelle said...

OH yum! I want shrimp.

Aunty Belle said...

raptor? in red?

oh yeah, thas' a very fine wardrobe accessory. Heh.

Enjoyed yore CK review, it brings memories--( we growed up in Hogtown Creek) since we used to ride over fer fun times.

Least, FC, it is safe to visit this week--no scorpios. Gheeeeeee!

Floridacracker said...

Welcome to Pure Florida!
Wanting shrimp is an almost permanent state of being for me.

From the book by Bakker.
Glad it's not too scary here my dear. I do have a wee tiny snake to share with y'all tomorrow.
He's on my kitchen table right now awaiting his modeling session before being released.