“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,”  the lyrics keep running through my brain on repeat.  It has been over a week since the clouds moved in and seem to have taken up permanent residence over the island of Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras.  While we arrived under a stunning double rainbow, the skies turned gray shortly thereafter and we have only seen varying shades of it ever since.

Photographic image of a lone boat anchored with a storm approaching.
Lonely boat with a stormy sky

Just in case you are thinking that John and I are feeling sorry for ourselves, I want to set you straight right now.  We are feeling sorry for the person who is on their one week vacay to the Bay Islands, escaping a dreary winter!  While I am not going to say that there hasn’t been any whining over the drop in temperature or the heavy rains, the weather has provided a shift from routine.  Like that first taste of a crisp breeze in the autumn after a hot and muggy summer, it feels good to have our morning tea and coffee without sweating.

The fact is that we have moved into a region of the Caribbean where the cold fronts that come down from the US and Canada have an impact on the local conditions.  Heading north from here we are going to be affected by cold fronts and they will be the determining factor on where we anchor and when we move.  Such is the life of a cruising sailor and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Sounds strange I know because it does present challenges and limitations.  I embrace it for the sake of contrast, for the exercise in letting go, and having the opportunity to be surrounded by nature 24/7 is incredible but it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies.

Photographic image of Bonacca, Guanaja.
Bonacca is the capital and largest settlement in Guanaja and it sits on a relatively small cay off of the main island. According to our guidebook there are 10,000 residents of Guanaja and 8,000 of them live on this tiny cay.
Photographic image of a street scene in Bonacca, Guanaja.
Street scene in Bonacca
Photographic image of flags flown in preparation for Carnival In Bonacca, Guanaja.
Preparations are underway for Carnival 
Photographic image of a man tying up a dinghy at the municipal dock at Bonacca, Guanaja.
Tying up the dinghy for a walk around town.

It is important to look on the bright side of things and over the last week there have been many!  We have not dragged into anyone nor has anyone dragged anchor into us during one of the blows.  We have spent time below deck catching up on projects.  For John that looks like tinkering with electronic gadgetry; check out this info on the Arduino.  For me it is reading, working on the computer, processing images and blogging.  Best of all though is the opportunity to get to know some of the other cruisers who are all waiting like we are for the weather to clear.  People with similar interests and a wide variety of nationalities to share stories and information with makes life fun!

Cheers to rainy days and Mondays.

Photographic image of stormy clouds.
Cloud gazing

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