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This piece of driftwood has been a part of our family for almost 25 years. It’s a beautiful piece, but it also has an interesting story.

For our fifth anniversary, we planned a weekend at Cedar Key. Since we lived outside Tampa we took the “scenic” route up U.S. 19. It was a lovely drive with stops at Weeki Wachee and Homosassa Springs springs on the way. The art galleries at Homosassa were fascinating and one had a number of beautiful driftwood pieces that had been “decorated” with colorful metal fish. They were interesting pieces, but outrageously expensive – ranging from $300 to $900.

Our stay at Cedar Key was delightful. We wandered through the shops and stayed at the historic Island Hotel. On our way home we stopped at Yankeetown to have lunch at another historic hotel – the Isaac Walton Lodge.

It was getting late so we decided to go home by way of the Interstate, taking a shortcut through Brooksville. On the east side of Brooksville we came upon a home with a field full of driftwood for sale. We just had to stop. This piece caught our eye but we knew it had to be way above our budget. Fortunately, we asked the price anyway. To our surprise he only wanted $25. It was a challenge getting it home and another challenge finding the right place to put it but we managed somehow. Today the cabinets you see here are green, but they still provide the perfect display setting for this beautiful treasure.

By the way, the traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is wood.

Anniversary Driftwood from Moultrie Creek via Flickr.

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