| photo courtesy of Dave Waltz|
| Donna at Victorias nav station, with their parrot * * *|
Dave says it took a hurricane to get Donna and him into the same boat, not to mention their dogs, Beauty (Daves Portuguese water dog) and She-la (Donnas Australian collie). After doing what they could to salvage Donnas belongings, they headed back to Marathon to fix _Victoria_ and regroup. Then, full of renewed spunk, they set out cruising again, meandered through the Dry Tortugas, over to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, down along the Yucatan coast to Tulum, Xcalak, Ascension; through the islands of Belize, and into Guatemalas Rio Dulce, where they stayed nine months. When they stopped in Roatan, Honduras, Dave remembers, "_Victoria_ was just too overcrowded. Two dogs. Wow. There was dog hair everywhere. We had a parrot by then, and we had parrot food and sunflower seeds spouting in the scuppers. It was too much on a 37-foot boat. Roatan started to feel real good to us, and Guanajas right next door. I imagined Christopher Columbus, anchored there on his fourth voyage, seeing the same mountains we see here today. We decided to stop, get married, and make Roatan our home for a while."