Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Vero Beach
N 27 39.60 W 080 22.24

This morning we got up, re-varnished the cabin floor of the boat and rowed ashore. We had to stay away from the boat for at least six hours to let it dry. Therefore, we hopped on a bus and rode to Sebastian, a small community to the north of Vero Beach.

Sebastian is a cute little place with nice restaurants and shops along the water front facing the Indian River Lagoon. The real attraction however is Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum.

In case you never heard about him, Mel Fisher is the man who actually fulfilled the dream of millions of people all over the world. After many years of trying, he actually found treasure. Lots of it. He found hundreds of millions of dollars of silver, gold, emeralds, and the most fantastic and exquisite ancient jewelry. The government tried to take it away from him, but Mel fought them and won. It's the kind of story we all love to hear and to dream about.

The samples of the actual treasure in this museum are fantastic. They are so beautiful, and so big, and have such wonderful workmanship and artistry that they enchant all who gaze upon them. I especially loved the gold cross embedded with emeralds, and a little door about the size of an open hand made of gold filigree with little wires impossibly small. Pictures of these things, and a picture of Mel are in the collage below.

After the museum, we went to Vic's Italian Restaurant in Sebastian for lunch. We ate pizza and stuffed manacotti and garlic bread. It was really delicious. I recommend Vic's as one of the best Italian restaurants I know of.

All in all, it made for a great day.

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