Driving through Cedar Key is a joy for the eyes. Our small town has done a great job of keeping the Chain Restaurants, the Tract Housing and any sort of Commercial Sprawl that has infected so much of the rest of Florida out of these city streets. When you hear people talk of Cedar Key, you usually hear things like ‘Old Florida’, ‘Untouched’, ‘Original’ or other descriptions which describe a historic small town like ours. Kudos to Cedar Key’s Board of Directors who have kept it original and unchanged for so many generations to enjoy. But driving through Cedar Key keeps your views limited to the vastness and beauty of the surrounding chain of islands and shoreline. With many of the roads only feet above Mother Ocean, any type of vegetation hinders your view. Since we’ve only lived here in town for a little over a month now, we really wanted to see where we were living from the same vantage point many of our seasonal visitors look over the town…you know those fine feathered friends of ours we see soaring over the clam beds or fishing along the shoreline each and every day. We paid Marvin Franks a visit over at the Cedar Key airport for a plane ride above the surrounding islands. If you think Cedar Key is beautiful from the safety of the ground, the views you get from the comfortable seat in Marvin’s small plane are indescribable. Cedar Key is not known for its white sandy beaches many of our neighboring towns are famous for. But get a 1000 feet in the air, and you’ll notice we actually have miles of white sand beach shoreline bordering many of our neighboring keys. The beautiful designs Mother Ocean has painted for us along the Gulf of Mexico look like intricate, colorful works of art. Our flight was filled with history of the surrounding Keys, interesting facts about the never ending views out the windows and a completely different respect for the area we now call home. One thing the flight did for me, beside show us parts of the Cedar Keys I never knew existed, was awaken a want to go out exploring via Kayak or Boat. There are so many secluded beaches, remote islands and shipwrecked boats just waiting to be photographed that I now realize this area I was so eager to dive into has now tripled in size. If you’ve only seen Cedar Key with your feet firmly planted on the ground, do yourself a favor and take a flight around town. It will give you an entirely new perspective of the area. Pat Bonish, co-owner of the Low-Key Hideway, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.