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Just us and the Sea of Abaco; Motu Iti at anchor.  The weather report was for light and variable wind, so we could have anchored anywhere, but we choose a spot not far away as it was almost sunset when we left.  We enjoyed a beautifully quiet night.

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We expected to spend the next day lazily enjoying our summer-like weather.  But Mother Nature had other plans.  We’d just finished a refreshing swim when we noticed rain clouds to windward.  We watched as a wall of water approached (it looks like mist in the picture).

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And then it was on top of us – an all-out downpour – huge drops.

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First from the south.  And just as it passed over, a wall of water came at us from the north.  No wind except for one gust.

Meanwhile, our sunshade – still up – was filling with water, stretching to form two huge bowls – one on each side.  We grabbed containers – free water!  The rain came down so hard that I was getting a cupful on each side as fast as I could switch from one to the other.  And I got soaked in the process.

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(Above is a re-enactment – we weren’t in the harbor when we collected rain.)  We probably got 60 cents worth!  A couple of gallons – enough to fill our sun shower and Goldwin’s coffee pot.  Soon the clouds parted.

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And brought us a rainbow.

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We took advantage of the dry sky to return to our mooring in the harbor. 

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It seemed so busy and crowded after a night on the hook – sort of like a big parking lot on water.  But prettier.  Wow!  Another rainbow.

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Strong north winds are predicted over the next several days, and cooler temps.  With waves in the Gulf Stream up to 14 feet.   We’re sooooo glad we’re here.

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