Monday, December 21, 2009

"Aarrghh, Matey!"

First things first, if you go to the bottom of the page and scroll through the playlist I have a few Pirates of the Caribbean songs that you can click on to "set the mood" : )

Freeport's Gold Rock Beach was where Pirates of the Caribbean II and III was filmed. Gold Rock Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen and I guess Disney thought so too. They built a studio there to film, as well as a special ocean filming tank.

We drove out to check out the studio which is part of a decomissioned U.S. missile base. I was surprised to see that it has been abandoned and stripped out. There are lots of building. A baseball field, tennis courts, dorms and who knows what else. The entrance and sign are all grown over.

These were the dorm rooms/apartments. There's not much left. Even the sinks and toilets have been ripped out.

And all the doors are gone!

I read that the original hope was to build Pirate themed resort hotels, water park, resturants and bars. They were even going to give studio tours! So much for that idea. It would have been great. It's really too bad no one invested in it.

Paul and I drove out to Gold Rock Beach
two days in a row because it was so heavenly!
It was neat to be there and explore the places were they had filmed.

I can't imagine Eden being any more perfect than this!

There isn't really anything pirate-y on the island, but we did discover this boat close to our hotel. We road out to check it out. It was docked next to someone's house and their dogs were not too excited to see us, but we went over anyway and took a few quick pictures from the gang plank. It was really pirate-y feeling. Sooo fun! I want to sail to an island on an old pirate ship and discover a cave filled with pirate treasure!
Aren't the words cave and treasure fun?

I love the old movie Blackbeard's Ghost. My dad used to read old stories about shipwrecks and treasures. The thrill and adventure of those stories always excited me.

Paul would look cute with a bandana on his head- he already has the perfect beard!
Perhaps a parrot would look good on his shoulder too!

Or a captain's uniform! Very Horatio Hornblower.

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