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.

03 December 2021 | Punta Chivato
29 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
26 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
25 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
20 November 2021 | Punta Pulpito
19 November 2021 | Punta Pulpito
16 October 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
09 September 2021
02 August 2021 | All harnessed up and ready to fly!
02 May 2021 | Bahia Marquer, Isla Carmen
18 February 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
07 January 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
25 December 2020 | Marina Puerto Escondido
11 October 2020 | Marina Chica, Puerto Escondido

Back online at Punta Chivato

03 December 2021 | Punta Chivato
After nearly two weeks traveling off the grid to anchorages that are out of sight of cell towers we are once again connected to the real world. It’s a double edged sword as we enjoy being in contact with family and friends again — but the big downside is not being able to avoid snippets of all the news……

Thanks to our trusty Ham radio we weren’t totally out of touch as we could download weather info as well as send and receive short emails through our WinLink program — and I was even able to send short updates to our Sailblog. WinLink is limited to simple text messages so no attachments or pictures are transmitted so today I’ll go back and add some pictures to those posts I made on our travels.

We’re enjoying being back to Punta Chivato — it’s been many, many years. We should be able to spend a few more days here before the weather will allow us to continue further north in The Sea.

Out and About in Bahia Conception

29 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
We've remained anchored in the very protected anchorage off of Playa Santispac but have been able to get out exploring the nearby
coves -- yesterday in the dinghy and today by foot.

Our dinghy excursion took us through several of the little anchorages and we were surprised to find we are the only cruising boat here in
Conception! There are lots of small boats out on buoys in front of the palapas lining the beaches and kayaks and paddle boards too
numerous to count. In years past there would be several cruising boats in each of the little coves, but most boats have already started
their migration south to mainland Mexico in search of warmer weather and waters.

Our hike today just took us to Playa Conception, a place we've hiked to in years past, but there is now a really good trail on the other side
of the Hwy 1 that makes the 4 1/2 round trip walk very easy with some great veiws along the way.

Looking at weather we think we may be able to continue our trek north on Wednesday, December 1st.

Settled in at Playa Santispac

26 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
Enjoying the anchorage here and finding we're able to get a lot done on the boat without the distractions of the internet so we plan to
stay for about a week more before continuing our travels north.

It won't be all work and no play since there is a lot of exploring to do by dinghy -- to the other coves we haven't visited in years. We'll
check out if there's still a little store by playa Coyote and what else has changed. Exploring here is quite different than other anchorages
we go to because the bay is more like a big resort lake with beaches lined with homes and palapas as well as RV and camper parking --
we're not out in the wild anymore. But there are still some good snorkeling areas that we plan to check out too, as long as the Sea
doesn't get much colder. The temp is dropping quickly and today dipped below 75.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Cetus Crew!

25 November 2021 | Bahia Conception
Our off the grid travels north in the Sea of Cortez continue and today we are anchored off Playa Santispac in Bahia Conception.

This was a regular stop for us every year as we'd head north in The Sea traveling with our friends from Prairie Oyster as they made their
way to San Carlos. But the last time we did that was 2014! We still see Bahia Conception every year when we drive to the States
because Hwy 1 runs right along side the big beautiful bay. It's fun to be back and we're looking forward to getting to shore later today to
check things out.

I came prepared with the fixin's for a traditional Turkey Dinner (substituting large chicken breasts for the turkey since the turkeys available
in Loreto were just too big to keep in my freezer), but yesterday we had a change in plans and will go with a very non traditional dinner of
BBQ ribs, roasted potatoes and we're even trading out the pie for chocolate chip cookies!

We hope this finds you all well and happy and enjoying the day.

Off the Grid

20 November 2021 | Punta Pulpito
View from the top!
Enjoying the anchorage at Punta Pulpito and it felt great to hike to the top of the bluff again! What an incredible view.

Also enjoying being off the grid without cell and WiFi. It was strange waking up and not being able to check messages from family and
friends or check the weather on a couple different sources, but it was so nice not to be drawn into reading about the crazy politics and
scandals of the day in the US.

And its nice relearning to use the HAM radio for the weather and connecting with family and friends. A simpler life giving us more time to
enjoy our surroundings.

We are off on an adventure!

19 November 2021 | Punta Pulpito
Moon peeking out from behind Púlpito
We haven't ventured north of Isla Coronados in 5 years and we're excited to get back out to the anchorages we so enjoyed. We feel
like we're out in the wild.

Today we traveled from up to Punta Pulpito -- we'd planned on San Juanico but bypassed it when we saw there were already 10 boats in
there. We have this anchorage all to ourselves for now. Plan is to stay a couple days with some north wind predicted and when that
dies down we're travel further north. No hard and fast plans -- we will take this one anchorage at a time depending on weather.

This is also the first time in years we've traveled to areas without any cell service or WiFi and it seems strange to not be able to text or pull
up weather on an iPad, but we're getting used to connecting through our HAM radio again and really looking forward to a nice break from
information overload. I'm even doing this Sailblog post through the HAM radio --- so I won't be able to post pictures or read comments,
but it will provide a log for family and friends to know where we are.

Update on the Cetus Crew

16 October 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Our view from the Elipse
Once again I’ve been remiss in updating the blog so I’ll give a quick summery if what we’ve been up to for the last 2 1/2 months.

We left Puerto Escondido on July 31st (you can read about that adventure in my August 2nd post) to head to Washington for Terry’s total knee replacement surgery scheduled for August 26th.

The great news is Terry didn’t need to go through the surgery after all! All his prep work to make recovery go better — losing weight and strengthening his legs paid off by eliminating any pain from the knee. When he realized he could walk for miles and do yard work for hours (at Carly’s house) without any knee problems he decided why take the risks of surgery and go through long recover when it isn’t effecting his quality of life? We’re all very happy with the outcome.

We spent the remainder of August doing all of our regularly scheduled Dr apts and visiting family. We kept visiting to a minimum as COVID was again on the rise so we missed seeing friends and look forward to seeing everyone on our next trip north.

September was spent at Carly’s house where Terry worked endlessly on her yard getting it ready for winter. A couple fun projects were building a fire pit in her backyard and blazing a nice walking trail in her woods behind the house.

Rosie was entertained getting to know Carly’s big dogs, Rufus & Ripley. She quickly learned she had the power and they formed a kind of truce and co-existed without incident. But poor Rufus really would have liked to have a friend.

We set out to head south on September 28th and enjoyed the more scenic route down Hwy 395 through Oregon and California avoiding the traffic and boredom of I-5.

We had a quick and easy border crossing at Tecate stopping at San Felipe and Guerrero Negro then reaching Puerto Escondido on October 5th.

After a couple days putting the boat together in Marina Chica we moved back out to our favorite buoy in the Elipse and a few days after that we headed out to the islands!

We’ve been enjoying being anchored off the south side of Isla Coronados for the past week while a couple northers blew through. The weather has cooled since we first arrived so we have enjoyed swimming and snorkeling and walking the island trails.

As always we miss our family and friends — But it’s great to be back in The Sea!

Just Released!!!

09 September 2021
It’s an exciting day for the Cetus Crew as the publisher, BlackRoseWriting.com just released Terry’s latest book:

Adventures Off The Beaten Path

Everyone who preordered should be receiving them in the next couple days if they haven’t arrived already.

when you read it please post a review on Amazon or anywhere else!

The Tale of Two Kitties

02 August 2021 | All harnessed up and ready to fly!
It's been quite a journey for Mr. Weasley and Miss Patches in search of their forever home, but we think it's nearing the end.

It began on May 10th when our friend Mike spotted a beautiful Mama Kitty (later named Mamma Mia!) nursing 2 babies under a car being stored on their property. Then for the next 5 weeks Mike & Jean along with Kristina and Terry & I would work on socializing the two kitties giving them as much human interaction as possible, coaxing them out from their hiding spot up in the car to play and eat.

It was a big help that Mama Mia wasn't feral -- she was obviously raised with humans and was very affectionate 😻.

By mid June it was time to get them out from under their car and into a home for some real socializing and Anne and Tony opened their hearts and their home to the little brother and sister pair and became the best foster parents ever. With the help of their visiting granddaughters (who named the pair Patches and Weasley) the kitties quickly adapted to life indoors and being held and cuddled. ❤️❤️

We began the search for a forever home right away as all of us involved in raising these kitties (Our Village 🤩) had obligations taking us away at the beginning of August. With no takers in sight we were happy when Kristen (who works with a group called SOAR that facilitates getting rescue animals from Loreto to a wonderful shelter in Portland OR for placement into good homes). Kristen made the contacts and they were accepted by the Pixie Project.

Still hoping to find a forever home for them we began planning an end game to get them to Portland if all else failed.

Terry & I already had plans in place to do the long drive from Puerto Escondido to Washington at the beginning of August but just couldn't see how we could make it work taking the two little kitties on the long drive with us. They wouldn't have been happy and Roadtrip Rosie would not want to have to share her space.

So Mike arranged for plane tickets and a new travel plan was in place!

Terry and Rosie set out for the drive north early Saturday morning with San Felipe as their goal that day. A little later that morning Anne & Tony took the kittens and me to the Loreto airport for our flight to Portland!

The kitties were perfect little travelers and the flights went well. They didn't even fuss when I'd have to pull them out of their carrier to go through security! We had a few hour layover in LA where we cleared customs then we were off to Portland.

Dee, from SOAR, arranged to have her friend Maggie meet me at the airport and when I arrived at 9:30 she was waiting for me at the door! The kitties were off to a wonderful adventure staying at Maggie's for the night playing and eating seemingly none the worse for wear after their long travel day.

Sunday morning had Terry and Rosie hitting the road early and I returned to the Portland airport for a flight to San Diego! We met up at the airport that afternoon and our part of the kitty adventure was over and we began our previously planned drive north.

Meanwhile, back in Portland, the kitties enjoyed Maggie's love and attention (and exploring her great outdoor catio!) before she took them to Pixie Project for what we all hope and pray will be a short stop on their way to their forever home. ❤️❤️

This couldn't have happened if not for each and every one of these wonderful people coming together and helping these kitties.

And as unique as this may sound this goes on all the time with many different people and groups working together rescuing the stray cats and dogs of Loreto.

Thank you to everyone I mentioned and all of those behind the scenes that worked so hard to save these two little kitties. 😻😻

It takes a village to raise a pair of kitties.......

03 July 2021
And this village has done a fantastic job of nurturing and socializing these 2 healthy, happy, playful kitties (the orange tiger is big brother to the sweet calico girl). They showed up as drop offs (with their beautiful Mama) at a friends house on May 10th.

Due to travel plans and living situations and other household pets involved none of us that have loved and taken care of these sweethearts can give them a forever home.

They are now 12 weeks old and ready to settle in to a great home - be it land or sea. They are very adaptable and a joy to be around 😻😻.

They are located near Loreto, BCS, Mexico but we are willing to help transport them to a good home anywhere on Baja or on the West Coast of the US.

Contact me with any questions and please spread the word so these two charmers can find their forever homes ❤️

It’s that time of year again!

26 June 2021
Hurricane Enrique
It seems a bit early to be having to watch out for hurricanes heading toward Baja -- but with Washington State experiencing record breaking temps in the 100's this weekend anything is possible!

Normally these early hurricanes head west into the Pacific but Enrique seems to want to head straight up the Mexican coast. At this point it is expected to degenerate to a Tropical Storm south of Cabo San Lucas, but as with all weather forecasts that can always change and no matter what they think will happen you get what you get.

So as always we will keep our eye on it and if it becomes a threat we will prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Hopefully it will just bring some much needed rain to the area.

A little R&R for the Cetus Crew 🤩

02 May 2021 | Bahia Marquer, Isla Carmen
Rosie relaxing in her hammock
After a busy couple months we were happy to get out to one of our favorite anchorages and catch our breath.

We made the long drive north starting out on March 8th and on March 12th we got our 1st dose of the COVID vaccine!

The following 2 weeks were spent doing all of our long over due doctor appointments and working on clearing some junk out of our storage locker while we socially distanced.

We were able to safely visit family we hadn't seen in over a year and enjoyed time at Carly's working in her yard -- when it wasn't snowing!

The time went too quickly but we started the drive south on April 16th -- 2 weeks after our 2nd shot (we were fully faxed!).

We'd originally planned to take a more leisurely drive on our return visiting friends along the way, but we needed to get back to Cetus to start arranging where to keep her this summer when we return to the States for knee replacement surgery for Terry. We will have more time for visiting then.

Once back in Puerto Escondido we had lots of unpacking and stowing to do so we enjoyed a week in Marina Chica to make that a little easier.

With the work and driving behind us for awhile we're out enjoying a couple days swimming and relaxing in beautiful Marquer 😎.


Adventures Aboard S/V Casablanca by Terry J. Kotas

08 April 2021
Sail on with Rick and crew!
The exciting sequel to Adventures Aboard Rick's Place is back in print!

Adventures Aboard S/V Casablanca is once again available in paperback and eBook through Amazon.com as well as the publisher Black Rose Writing. Order your copy today!

Check out our webpage Cetus Media Works for more info on both books as well as the 3rd book in this offshore sailing trilogy, Adventures Off the Beaten Path, which is scheduled for release September 9, 2021.

Adventures Aboard Rick's Place by Terry J. Kotas

07 April 2021
Come sail across the South Pacific with Rick and Jack!
Terry's 1st offshore sailing adventure novel is back in print!

Adventures Aboard Rick's Place is now available in paperback and eBook through Amazon.com as well as the publisher Black Rose Writing. Order your copy today!

Check out our webpage Cetus Media Works for more info on Rick's Place and the other two books in his Adventure Trilogy.

Coming September 9, 2021!

01 April 2021
Sail on, Sail on, Sailor
Adventures Off the Beaten Path will complete Terry's fun Travel Adventure Trilogy and it's now available for preorder through the publisher, Black Rose Writing.

The first two books, Adventures Aboard Rick's Place and Adventures Aboard S/V Casablanca will be re-released on April 6, 2021 with fresh new covers tying the series together. They are also available for preorder and you can get all the details on our website Cetus Media Works

2021 Update from The Cetus Crew

18 February 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Social Distancing Baja Style
We are now 40 days into 2021 and so far things seem a bit brighter than 2020 (unless you're in Texas!). For even though we are still in the grips of the COVID pandemic the vaccines are rolling out giving hope to someday being out of this mess.

Things for us here in Puerto Escondido are still pretty much the same as they have been for the past year -- we are safe and sane and practicing distancing, disinfecting and wearing our masks. We are thankful to be in an area where it is easy to isolate on the boat out at the anchorages as well as being able to visit with friends socially distanced in the open air when we are in at the marina.

And now the vaccines have arrived in Loreto! Friends are getting them already so it is very exciting.

We are finally planning our long delayed trip to Washington for our Dr. apts that we missed last year. Knowing full well something could cause us to reschedule again we are shooting for mid March to make the drive. But with family and friends already getting vaccinated in Washington we are looking forward to being able to safely visit them in addition to our scheduled appointments.

We'll be driving the "new" route up Baja on Mex 5 which is now complete and everyone driving it gives it rave reviews. Better, wider roads and it avoids going through Ensenada and takes you up through San Felipe instead.

In addition to preparing for the upcoming trip
we have also been busy working with Terry's publisher, Black Rose Writing, preparing his books for publication. We just completed the editing process for his first book, Adventures Aboard Rick's Place so they should be able to release the 2nd edition soon. Check out our web page Cetus Media Works for release dates or more information on his fun adventure books.



Happy New Year from the Cetus Crew!

07 January 2021 | Marina Puerto Escondido
A New Day Dawns
Wishing everyone a brighter year filled with hope and health!

As I mentioned in my Christmas blog, one thing we are excited about aboard Cetus this year is the publication of Terry's latest book, Adventures Off the Beaten Path scheduled to launch in September!

This week we found out that the publisher, Black Rose Writing, will re-release his first two books this summer!

To learn more about Terry's Adventure Trilogy go to our web page:
Cetus Media Works

As for our immediate future we plan to remain in the Loreto area using a buoy in Marina Puerto Escondido as our home base as we safely distance ourselves, as COVID is on the rise in the area following the Christmas Holidays.

We are also looking forward to finally being able to travel north again to visit family and friends we haven't been able to see in over a year.

Cheers to 2021!
May it bring healing and peace to all.

Merry Christmas from the Cetus Crew!

25 December 2020 | Marina Puerto Escondido
Cetus lighting up the night
Happy Holidays to all!

Hope you are able to find some joy in these strange days of COVID.

We are missing friends and family but we are hopeful that we will soon be able to travel again to see everyone.

In the meantime we are thankful to be here in the Sea of Cortez where its easy for us to stay socially distanced and safe aboard the good ship Cetus.

The biggest worry here is with the tourists that are flocking down from the hot spots in the States and think they are leaving COVID behind them and don't bother to wear masks (even though it is the law here now -- punishable by fines and jail time!). So we avoid places where the tourists would be and keep our trips to town to a minimum for groceries and such.

We've been spending most of our time on the buoy in the Ellipse here in Marina Puerto Escondido due to a series of Norther's that have been blowing pretty regularly but we are hoping to get out to the islands again real soon. It's getting chilly for swimming, but it's still a wonderful escape to get out and enjoy nature and forget about masks for awhile.

One more thing we are looking forward to this year is the publication of Terry's 3rd book!

Adventures Off the Beaten Path has been accepted by Black Rose Writing and is scheduled for release at the end of the summer.

Wishing you all a bright and Happy New Year filled with Hope and Health! Enjoy!

Out and About in the Sea of Cortez

27 November 2020
Sailing, sailing......
Using a buoy in the Ellipse of Puerto Escondido as home base we've been enjoying getting out to some of our old favorite anchorages this past month as often as possible. We want to take advantage of the good weather while we can as it is getting colder every day now.

We visited Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante, Marquer on Isla Carmen, the South Anchorage of Isla Coronados and lovely Juncalito just north of Puerto Escondido.

We swam, snorkeled and enjoyed sunrises and sunsets. We watched birds and dolphin and the occasional turtle.

Nights were spent watching the sky for Space Station fly overs as well as other satellites and of course the meteor showers! So nice to be out in the middle of nature again.

Now we are back on our buoy where we enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving dinner yesterday followed by socially distanced drinks and desserts with friends in Marina Chica. We will hang out here until the Norther that's starting up today winds itself down and then we'll go out and do it again.

Home again, home again

11 October 2020 | Marina Chica, Puerto Escondido
Cetus all dressed up and ready to go!
So happy to be back aboard Cetus and sleeping in our own bed and cooking in our own kitchen!

There are definitely a few things I’ll miss from our land life at the apartment in Tripui — most importantly the donkeys right next to us! Best entertainment ever!

Tomorrow we’ll get away from the dock and out on a buoy! That will be a nice change as we will once again be able to open the boat up and keep cool with the nice breezes flowing through the boat — something that you just don’t get back here in Marina Chica. We’ve managed to stay comfortable running the a/c unit we bought so we could work inside the boat while it was on the hard, but it’s very confining having to keep windows and hatches closed. We will miss the unlimited water and power and our good friends on DreamCatcher, but we, as well as Rosie, will be very happy to go in and out easily again. You see, the a/c unit sits in our cockpit hatch so Rosie has to be lifted in and out and we have to perform acrobatics to get to and from the cockpit. We will get to enjoy the outdoors again!

The next step will be heading out to the anchorages — then we will really feel at home again!
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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