This sounds so much like the kind of quandary I find myself in more often than I would like, so here's what I would do if it were my image.
I would take Mike's suggestion to heart: "Well, Patricia, that narrows down your choices! Either B&W or colour, and remove all, some or none of the water drops!!"
I would work on the color one to remove as well as I could the worst of the rain spots, and save that version. Then I would continue working on it to remove as nearly as possible all the rest of the droplets, and again save a version. Then I would convert each of these two new color variants to B&W, and finally I would make at least letter-sized prints of all six versions (including the two you posted here), and put all the prints away for a week or two.
Then, I would bring out all six prints and set them up where I could see them. I suspect that within a day or two you would find that one of the six satisfies your own needs better than any of the others. And, of course, what satisfies your own needs won't necessarily match what others may think. But they weren't there in that stream with you.
Good luck with it!