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Updated: Tuesday, 062309

Just a typical weekday in the Old City, Cartagena, Colombia.

Waiting to unload trucks at the local mall. A siesta is always in order.

Nilaya in Bahia Baru, high on top of the hill at the "Crow's Nest", the home of Robert, a retired LA motor officer and his beautiful Colombian wife Carmen.

The view from Nilaya's mast, as Laura works on freeing the flag halyard, with Jim and Ken (SV Dream Ketchr) assisting from below.

Kuna Indian woman in traditional Mola dress, with her pet parrot. The villages pretty much survive on the money brought in from the sale of Molas. They are patterns done in reverse applique, some are quite intricate, and many take months to complete and sell on the low end $10-$40 up to hundreds of dollars for collector pieces by the best designers.

A tiny island in the Cayo Chichime, San Blas (Kuna Yala) Panama. This was our "backyard" scene as we were anchored there. It's beauty like this that makes this area so popular with cruisers.

A view of the anchorage at Providencia from the nearby Isla Catalina.

The Mayor of Providencia threw a party for the cruisers. There were more boats than usual anchored there waiting on the winds to die down before they could go to their next destination. They like cruisers here.

They held a horse race on the beach in Providencia. They talked about the race for days in advance. It was over in seconds. They also ran through the crowds who were on thwe beach swimming and doing beach things. No crowd control needed.

Jim at the Horse Race. No explanation needed.

In Providencia we met Kristen and Ben who owned a sister ship to Nilaya. SV Wind Borne looked identical to Nilaya. They are one of the youngest cruising couples we've met.

Motorcycles in Providencia outnumbered the cars at least 100 to 1. Everybody rode them. We saw young and old driving. One bike with five on board were even common, especially if there was a small baby! Here Dad takes Mom and Daughter to pay the electric bill.

Here's what they cut off the fuel tank. They used a wire brush to find holes that were corroded through.

Here's Laura standing in the bilge scooping out the slime.

The dessert from our First Year Cruising Dinner. Coconut Cake with Homemade Corn Ice Cream. Yes, Corn flavored. Very delicious. They also had fruit cocktail flavor. We're not kiddinig.

Anchored off an island in the Vivarillos Cays between Providencia and the Bay Islands. Raising the Honduran courtesy flag and the quarantine flag which we must fly until we officially check in.

Waiting for our fuel tank, we decided to get some exercise and explore some of the trails on Isla Catalina next to Providencia. This is Morgan's Head Treasure Trail named for the famous pirate thought to have buried treasure in the area. A rock at the edge of the island is said to resemble his profile.

Many animals, including large Iguanas, roam freely on Fantasy Island. They'd be lunch if they were in the San Blas! Next island over has a farm that raises Iguana for consumption....

De Plane De Plane! We stayed near Fantasy Island in Roatan for a few days and they gave tours in this small plane. Here it is landing in the bay next to Nilaya.

An approaching squall can get your heart racing, and your body moving ensuring that everything is "battened down".

Wild monkeys on Fantasy island would come into the restaurant/bar area and steal food. Their biggest take was sugar packets left on the tables.

A diver's dream house. This house, near Guanaja, is built on a reef and survived hurricane Mitch a few years back.

Cruisers help cruisers. Here a boat with engine problems gets a tow into a marina from a boat that was nearby.

This is the main street in Utila, one of the Honduran Bay islands. There are a few cars, but mostly cycles, ATVs, golf carts, bikes, and people. It was hard to decide which island we enjoyed more. We'll have to go back!

We went to one of the nicer restaurants in West End, Roatan. The total for the evening was $1153.00. That could make your heart stop, until you remember the exchange rate is about 20 Limpira per dollar.

There was a line of boats hoping to find a high tide to get over the sandbar at the mouth of the Rio Dulce near Livingston, Guatemala.

Apparently "Rob" was one of the early visitors to the island of Utila.

Behind us, as we entered the Rio Dulce, the boats with deeper draft had to be towed over the bar. The tow boat attaches a line to the top of the mast and heels the boat over to raise the keel.

Entering the mouth of the Rio Dulce from Livingston, there are some steep cliffs and lots of jungle.

One of the buildings at Monkey Bay is this large "palapa" where you can swing, read, nap!, visit with other guests, eat, and just enjoy the beautiful area. Troops of howler monkeys visit the treetops along with lizards and lots of birds. We even saw a manatee in the bay. There is so much to see, we can spend hour after hour here.

The Monkey Bay Marina dock.