Thursday, January 09, 2014

Vero Beach

On Monday evening, Jan 6, we had a seminar to present to the Vero Beach Computer Group.  It’s about 2 hours north of Fort Lauderdale.  We originally thought we’d be in our motorhome and we’d find someplace nearby to stay, but the motorhome is still at Lazydays in Tampa. 

Instead of driving home and arriving after midnight, we decided we’d stay at a special place we know in Vero Beach and make a mini-vacation out of it.  After all, it was Jim’s birthday … perfect!

The seminar went very well.  They were extraordinarily attentive and asked a lot of good questions.  We presented our overview seminar we call “Technology for Travelers” which includes a little Blogging, a little Internet on the Road, a little Google Maps, and some Picasa as well.  We started just after 7:30 and we were told that they usually disband about 8:15.  We kept talking till 9, and we didn’t see anyone leave!

That left us feeling really good as we headed on to the Driftwood Inn for a couple days of R&R.  We had already checked in and spent the afternoon there.  It was a balmy 80 degrees and the ocean was calm and peaceful.

What a difference a day makes!  Here’s the same scene next day:

It was about 48 degrees, even the bartender was wearing a sweatshirt.

So, instead of laying on the beach, or swimming in the pool, we bundled up and checked Google maps for tourist attractions nearby.  First we went a half hour north to the McLarty Treasure Museum.  I don’t know how we’ve missed this all these years.  The museum is part of Sebastian Inlet state park, where we’ve stayed in the RV many times.  Fascinating history.  The site of the museum is where the survivors camped after a 1715 devastating hurricane wrecked all 11 Spanish Galleons which were full of treasure headed back to Spain.

It didn’t take long before these wrecks spawned a thriving pirate trade!  And, 300 years later, modern treasure hunters like Mel Fisher spend a lot of time here!

I love the pelicans!

The next day we started heading home and stopped at a museum about a half hour in that direction.  The Navy UDT/Seal Museum.

This was an impressive museum with artifacts from WWII, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars.  Jim has had this place on his list for a while since his Dad was in the navy and was attached to the Seal teams as a boat driver.  He remembers his Dad’s stories of “Hell Week.”  And we saw many photos and film clips of it here.

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