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Updated January 29, 2010

A stow away - He looks small, but he was a lot bigger in real life!

Howler Monkey Swinging in the Trees

Troupes of Howler Monkeys visit the marina every week or so, eating the tender leaves and fruits.

Captain Alan-The 10 yr old son of the marina caretaker, joined us for an overnight trip back down the river to Texas Bay. He enjoyed driving, although periodically distracted by the chart plotter screen and all of it's buttons, he would veer off course now and then.

After retirement, there are many uses for the PR24 (police night stick). Here it's being used to tighten fan belt tension on the alternator.

Jim enjoys the quiet oasis of the garden at our Inn in Copan. (All you husbands know he's just waiting for his wife to get ready to go.)

Entrance to the market on the square in Copan Ruinas. Inside it's mostly open air stalls of handicrafts, food, and plastics.

This cantina has a cock fighting ring as the main attraction.

We think these very large 'parrots" are the national bird of Honduras. There were groups of them in the park areas of the Copan ruins.

One of the large pyramids at Copan. We were only inspired to climb a few of them - those that looked like there was something on top to see. They were all different.

Just one of the many interesting displays in the museum on the square.

The border crossing near Flores looks busy, but hardly any of the vehicles were even running, let alone moving anywhere. Very strange.

A field full of sculptures (tombstones?) each telling stories of life and death.

Here Laura is taking a break to go to a weather class preparing for the upcoming trip down river and back out into the Caribbean. WE CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK OUT THERE!

Nilaya hauled out at Ram Marina to do bottom paint and maintenance. We were "on the hard" for three long weeks.

We escaped from the marina to a peaceful bay called Gringo Bay where we enjoyed a string of beautiful sunsets, among other things. Just one of many nice evenings on the Rio Dulce.

Friends Becky and Ken from SV Polaris. Crazy and fun people we hope we see again, as are so many people we have met.

Jim and Laura raising the inagural burgee for the IDFM Yacht Club of which we are the founding and currently only members. IDFM = It Don't F'ing Matter

The caretaker at Monkey Bay, Ephrain, and 3 of his 4 children (Bertilda, Abi and Allen) enjoying the food at the pot luck.

Laura's birthday party / happy hour pot luck. The chocolate cake that had no chocolate. How does that happen.

View of the jungle as we motored down the river - after over 6 months!!! We're free again!

Early exit from Tres Puntas enroute to the Bay Islands. A west wind woke us pushing us too close to the beach for comfort, we decided to pull anchor and go.

Lots of food comes packaged in pouches. Here's refried beans, jelly, and mayonaise. You can also get milk, water, sour cream, cooking oil in bags without spouts which are very difficult to open without spilling it! Has this caught on in the States?

Another early morning while anchored at Fantasy Island.

The resort of Mango Creek at Lime Cay - Port Royal. They provided mooring balls for cruisers at no charge. Lots of reefs to snorkel in the area. This is also the bay we entered as pirates and fired the potato cannon.

Nilaya at anchor in Old Port Royal just off a nice beach where we did a little exploring. Other than a few fishermen we had the bay to ourselves.

An aging steel ship wreck at the entrance to Old Port Royal. There are so many reefs in the islands, almost every entrance has a wreck by it. Lots of good diving and snorkeling around the islands.

This is a couple of shrimp boats near our anchorage in Jonesville Bight.

Help us replace this aging rug. For details, see text at end of blog on Jan. 29, 2010.

This is Calabach Bight where we would tuck in to wait out the winds. Taken from Mark and Laurie's house high on the hill.

Sunset at Old Port Royal, which is next to Port Royal, which is next to Lime Cay, which is...well lets just say we have a lot to explore.