Well, we had run out of produce and were feeling pressured to get out of Glover's since there was a strong cold front approaching, so we left a few days ago, in the company of Sea Tryst & Tashmoo. There didn't seem to be a clear enough weather window to make a straight shot overnight to Utila like we wanted- too many weather forecasts suggested due East winds, so we made 2 daysails of it instead. We ended up having a great sail for part of the way, then did some motor-sailing, then some straight motoring. It felt so good to be underway, with dolphins playing on bow again.
The first night we stopped at Bahia Diamante on the mainland of Honduras. It's a perfectly protected anchorage with howler monkeys and beautiful jungle foliage. The air smells so good and there is perfect silence. We'd already stopped there last season and hiked around in the park.
The next day, we got another early start and continued on to Utila, one of the 3 Bay Islands of Honduras. We all needed to check into the country and do some provisioning and Utila is purported to be easier to check into than Roatan. We still got overcharged by the port captain when we compared our experience with other cruiser's that had cleared in earlier that day (this is another example of things you really don't think about in the US), but we are legal now, which is good. That evening, we all got invited over to another boat named Chickcharnie for drinks and "heavy hors d'oeuvres". Don and Rosie have a beautiful trawler with loads of room inside. Instead of being all crunched up in the cockpit of a sailboat, we were all spaced out on different levels eating fresh fried fish that had been caught that day trolling. Turns out, they are seriously in to fishing and they regularly catch them! Meanwhile, we've been dragging our line all over the Caribbean and haven't caught a thing. Thank goodness Jon is handy with the spear or we wouldn't have any fresh fish. Anyway, Don offered to pick us up some more fishing supplies since he's heading to La Ceiba, so we're going to put in an order using his expertise. We figured out that heavy hors d'oeuvres is basically dinner on little plates, minus the vegetable! It was a fun evening and it's always nice to meet people who we hear on the radio all the time so we can put a face with a voice.
And yesterday, we left Utila and headed to French Harbor, Roatan. The cold front is coming and everybody in the area is here in this harbor! I'd like to return to Utila at some point since we were only there for a few hours, but the harbor is too exposed for any unsettled weather. Hopefully, we'll be OK and not have too much for high winds. This anchorage is surrounded by reef so we shouldn't get much for waves anyway. It's also a hot spot for diving so we may check that out today.