|KEY WEST LOCAL|
TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 0 NM
First things first, Dan got his TV working and he is a happy guy! It did, however, take several calls to both the TracVision and DIRECTV folks before we were receiving all the stations.
Once the important things were taken care of (TV) we biked to the Key West Airport for a visit to the US Customs and Immigration Office to renew our DTOPS. Somehow, I just was not able to do it online and it was a good excuse for a good bike ride along the shore on this beautiful day.
We found this great little Cuban take-out joint, Sandy's Cafe, on White Street and stopped for Cuban sandwiches for lunch. We will, most likely, be patronizing this establishment again.
We finally made it to the Mel Fisher Museum. This visionary and his band of treasure hunters helped shape the world of underwater exploration. Mel and his wife, Delores, spent their early married years in Southern California, opening the first “dive shop” in Redondo Beach. They pulled up the family and moved to Florida in the 1960s and the hunt began. Mel and Delores dreamed and worked towards finding the Spanish galleons Santa Margarita and Antocha that were lost in a huge storm in 1662. Their appetite was only fed when they found the Santa Margarita in 1980. The state and federal governments tried to lay claim to their find but the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed Fisher’s ownership with a caveat that 20% of the recovered artifacts be donated to the state. On July 20, 1985 they hit the “mother lode” when they finally discovered the Antocha. Our own Jane O’Reilly became involved in this quest when she was sent to Key West by Times Magazine to write an article on the innovative tax shelter set up by Jerry Burke for the investors in Fisher’s venture. You can read her 1983 article at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,923527,00.htm
Our sunset was fraught with clouds but we managed to catch the day’s last glimmer as we left the museum and headed back to Quest.
|THE SUN DIPPING BEHIND THE CLOUDS|
|WATCHING THE SUN'S EXIT FOR THE DAY|
|EACH ONE EAGER TO WATCH THE FINAL RAYS OF THE SUN|