CETUS TALES

We left Gig Harbor, WA in 2009 and spent 3 winters in the Sea of Cortez then sailed to the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia up to Hawaii, then to San Francisco Bay. We are once again enjoying the Sea of Cortez as we plan our next adventure.

06 August 2018 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
14 July 2018
07 July 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
14 June 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
14 June 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
21 April 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
07 April 2018 | Bahia Marquer, Isla Carmen
27 March 2018 | Puerto Escondido Marina
11 March 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
12 February 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
30 December 2017 | traveling in the Sea of Cortez
28 December 2017
29 November 2017 | Dock 3 Marina Palmira, La Paz BCS, Mexico
14 November 2017 | Punta Salinas, Isla San Jose
13 November 2017 | Heading South in the Sea of Cortez
12 November 2017 | The Sea of Cortez
03 November 2017 | Marina Puerto Escondido
25 October 2017 | Heading South
18 October 2017 | Namibia

Return to the Big Kitty Round Up Phase 2

14 June 2018 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Oscar's Hole in the Ground
We enjoyed the month of May free of kitty duties down here in Puerto Escondido as we traveled north to Washington to take care of other critters!

We house-sat for our daughter & son-in-law as they traveled to Europe for a couple weeks in the middle of the month and that left us in charge of their 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 chickens and 3 ducks!

It was a delightful time and we got a little visiting in with family and a few friends, but location and chores kept us pretty busy in North Bend so as always we didn't get to see everyone we would have liked to.

The drive up and back down Baja was also delightful and we were happy to get back home aboard Cetus a week ago, on June 7th. And its been busy busy since then!

Between putting the boat back together, resuming the Kitty Round Up, catching up with friends and preparing for Hurricane Bud (more on that on later!) the days have flown by.

First: The Kitty Round Up.
Barbara & George of Dream Catcher (our partners in crime on this big venture) were fostering the 1st batch of 3 kitties when we left and we found homes for all of them! One stayed with its new family in Loreto and the other 2 flew up to Washington with Barbara to their new home with her granddaughter!! A perfect match!

They also continued to feed all of the cats and continue the search for Oscar's 4 babies -- much more difficult than it had been to find Mama's (the first litter). This was because Oscar chose to keep them in an underground tunnel system! There would be occasional sightings but never more than one kitten at a time, so we thought for sure most had been lost. Finally George & Barbara spotted all 4 again! So attempts at getting close to them continued hoping to catch them before they got too old to be properly socialized.

It was an emotional roller coaster! We could see them through the cracks in the concrete, but the hole was too deep to reach them. And twice the marina filled in the holes with concrete!! The first time was while we were gone and we thought they were all lost, including Oscar. But then another hole was found (that's the picture at the head of this post -- to give some perspective to our challenge).

George & Barbara caught the 1st kitty the day before we got back and then the next night we all caught the 2nd kitty by laying a net at the bottom of the hole (that's why the black lines are running out of the hole in the picture).

We had more trouble catching the 3rd & 4th kitties -- they were on to us! As we were working on plans for the next try some friends came out to the boat to tell us the marina had cemented in the hole!! So Terry dashed in and removed the still soft cement and George poured some gravel into the hole to bring the floor up for what we hoped would be easier catching. And it worked! We soon had kitty #3 and the following morning Oscar was able to bring #4 out of the hole since it wasn't as deep. Then kitty#4 was able to join his brothers and sister in their foster home aboard Dream Catcher! Success!

Now the search for forever homes for these 4 darlings will begin. Not to mention the catching and neutering of the 2 mama's!

We certainly don’t want to go through this again!

Later I will do a separate post about Hurricane Bud's early start to the hurricane season down here and the amazing jumping Mobula Rays
Comments
Vessel Name: Cetus
Vessel Make/Model: Fantasia 35
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Terry & Heidi Kotas and Street Cat Rosie
About:
TERRY & HEIDI got into sailing together 30+ years ago when they purchased their very first sailboat, a 7 foot long "Sunflower" that they played with and learned enough about sailing to get them hooked. [...]
Extra:
CETUS is the constellation of the whale. When we were purchasing this boat, we knew we wanted to change the name because the owners had had some trouble with customs in Fiji due to another boat by the same name (then Illusion) having done something illigal and the boat name was "flagged" in [...]
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The Cetus Crew

Who: Terry & Heidi Kotas and Street Cat Rosie
Port: Gig Harbor, WA

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