A Sun Bow in the Hobbies
Journal 33rd Month
Well as I write this we are sailing between the Lake Worth Inlet in Florida to Beaufort North Carolina. As I don’t have access to the internet being over 100 miles off shore, I am going to try to remember where I posted last. I think I had posted for March and the first part of April. So that would leave me with the balance of April and all of May.
Ok, so that is where I will start. The first photo is of my first ever Sunbow. I have heard of them before, but never experienced it. This one appeared one beautiful morning while we were anchored out at the Hobbies (Cayos Cajones) of the North East Coast of Honduras. This lasted almost an hour and I have yet to research the atmospheric reasons for the anomaly, but it sure was COOL!
We left West End Roatan on our way to Panama via the Viverillos Islands, the Hobbie Islands, then on to Provedencia, Columbia, San Andreas, Columbia and then the San Blas Island where we were planning on spending the Summer.
We traveled out with the Sailboats Interlude with Cheryl and Karen aboard and Hooligan, with Tim, Paula, and Nigel aboard.
The trip out was promised as the “best opportunity to go East this season” by many weather services, but it turned out to be one of our most uncomfortable trips. Fortunately, it only lasted about 38 hours. We were not intending a stop in the Viverillos, but I am so glad we were tired and dropped the anchor there. It was a beautiful, quiet, and bountiful place to spend a few days. All of the reasons we are cruising were in both the Viverllios and the Hobbies. Fantastic snorkeling, good hunting, good fishing, and wonderful cruiser friends to share it with.
All told we spent 3 days in the Viverillos and almost 3 weeks in the Hobbies. Karen, Cheryl, Tim and Paula, along with my chef husband provided us with delectable dinners almost every night. I learned to play bocce ball on the small beach at the Hobbies and actually learned how to use my new pneumatic spear gun.
Tom traded that small pack of cigarettes for that lobster tail! Amazing!
I love the bounties that the sea can provide and we ate very well while we were enjoying the solitude of a tropical island get away.
While in the Hobbies, Tom and I decided, for many reasons, not the least of which is my Mom’s health, to change plans for the Summer and gunk hole along the US East Coast as opposed to spending the time in Panama.
Tim had a really good day!!!
So on the last day of April, we left our island retreat in company with Interlude and sailed back to the Bay Islands of Honduras. What a different trip. With the wind behind us, we made it in about 24 hours and would have easily anchored in Guanaha mid morning on the second day, if Interlude had not radioed us that their engine quit around 5 a.m. Unfortunately, they were unable to get it to run, so with very light winds, both boats headed for Lime Key in the Port Royal harbor. We stayed with Interlude until we were sure they would have no problems getting to the harbor entrance and then we moved on ahead and got moored, dropped our dingy, and towed/pushed them through the reef and into the harbor along with the help of Terry from Mango Creek resort.
We left West End Roatan for Isla Mujeres on May 6th. Again, we had almost perfect sailing conditions and were anchor down at Punta Allen in the Bahia Aschecion, Mexico around 4 p.m. on the second day out. Lots of current and favorable winds. We moved up to Hut Point the next day, slowing down so that we would not have to check into Mexico on a weekend.
We arrived at the Marina Pariso and it almost felt like home, with its honor bar and great location. We met a lot of new friends and caught up with some old friends while we prepared Footloose for the Gulf Stream Crossing.
We left Isla Mujeres on May 14th and had a fantastic Gulf Stream Crossing, most of the time we had a 3 plus knot current with us. We made the 336 mile run to Key West in just over 36 hours. We are getting very spoiled with the wind behind us and the current with us.