I walked back towards the motorway and spotted a large tent with light streaming through an entrance. Inside I found a young man selling fireworks for the approaching New Year celebrations. He was no older than 20. The young man looked up my hotel on his smart phone, called a taxi to take me there, offered me a chair, a jacket to keep me warm and even a soda. We talked about Crystal River and the manatees I came to see until my taxi arrived.
The next morning I went swimming with the gentle creatures that are manatees - a magical experience. It was early and very cold, so cold that my lips turned blue and I could hardly feel my toes. A lady from Alabama offered me her towel (I left my dry clothes on the pier) and kept distracting me with her stories throughout the painfully slow boat ride back.
These random acts of kindness have not merely helped me in unfortunate situations, they also made my stay especially memorable. Any seasoned traveller can come with plenty of examples when total strangers offered welcomed help.
There are no prizes for random acts of kindness, but you may just make someone else’s day.