Thursday, November 11, 2010

Trail of the Pirates: Treasure Coast Tease, Part 2

Trail of the Pirates is a travel series exploring maritime history, culture and lore between Key West and St. Augustine on the east coast of Florida.

mclarty museum vero beach A sign at the McLarty Treasure Museum explains the ill fortune of the 1715 Spanish fleet that shipwrecked on these shores.

Today I drove from Hutchinson Island all the way up to Sebastian Inlet State Park on A1A. The drive was simply beautiful! Afterward, I toured the McLarty Treasure Museum, where I learned all about the 1715 Spanish fleet that shipwrecked in these waters during a hurricane. Notorious British pirates from Jamaica took advantage of the fleet's misfortune. My next stop was Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum in Sebastian. Fisher's daughter, Taffi, gave me a private tour. That was a real treat!

A full post and video coming soon. I'm exhausted! Can't wait for the sunrise tomorrow so I can (hopefully) see some dolphins splashing about the Indian River; the water is literally lapping just just a few feet away from my room here at charming Captain Hiram's Resort.

Next stop: St. Augustine!

In the meantime, enjoy a Jonas Brother's rockin' and rather grown-up version of the Disney classic Yo Ho Ho Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me. The original was composed in 1967 as a theme song for Pirates of the Caribbean, a ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. (I remember loving that ride when I was a kid.) Eventually, the ride grew into a multi-billion dollar franchise ... talk about good treasure!


Special thanks to Annie's Costumes, Visit Florida, Indian River Chamber of Commerce and Captain Hiram's Resort for supporting this project today.

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