It was wonderfully warm, but not hot, unfortunately the wind was blowing very hard the entire time which made it difficult to drive our airboat and also made the fishing and hunting unproductive.
The water up here is always the color of coffee, and because of the wind we could not get out into deep clear water for flats fishing.
I went North as far as Shired Island, and South as far as Cedar Key.
Shired Island was by far my favorite just a tiny desolate spit of sand out in the marsh. We met a really interesting guy there in an ancient camper who looked like he lived there. I could understand about every other word he said, no shirt, just burned brown by the sun going on and on. I can only imagine what he is like during the cocktail hour.
We saw a ton of signs of hogs on a little private island up there, that we were not allowed to hunt on. This would be a good place to launch kayaks.
Cedar Key on the other hand is the exact opposite just crappy restaurants and all touristy. Locals were super friendly and were able to get 2 free rides. One we repaid with a drink at a bar, and were entertained by his stories of life in the Islands and off color humor, the other we forced a $10 bill on.
This area is beautiful in its own desolate way, and hopefully it will always stay this way.
I did find a cool island for sale, Deer Island, a bit out of my price range, but they seem to be flexible, and a conservation easement might really knock the price down.
Truth: Some Awards are better than others.
Some pictures are below.