Chilly temperatures here don't last long. Once the sun is up, marbled godwits, oyster catchers, avocets, and other beauties gather on mudflats, and shorelines within camera shot. Paddle or motor out into the Gulf where white pelicans kettle over land masses from one fishing site to another. You'll see usual residents like ospreys, night herons, cormorants, egrets and ibis flying overhead.
Paddle out to Atsena Otie to see the first Cedar Key, the ruins of the Faber pencil factory, Main Street and the picturesque 19th-century cemetery with hand carved headstones - evidence of yellow fever and a hard life on the Gulf. Before Tampa, before Miami, this was the only port after the Mississippi River and before Cuba.