This last week of June the humans felt the need to go on a boating vacation now that they’ve had their shots and the travel restriction are lifting, so away we went over to the Gulf Islands. We knew there was going to be this weather phenomenon called a heat dome, but figured the best place to keep cool would be on the water. However, it’s just plain hot. Record breaking hot! Not a good time to be covered in a thick fur coat I tell you!
The crossing of the strait from the mainland can be rather bumpy, but luckily our crossing was just so flat calm that I didn’t have to worry about getting my sea legs. Our boat Minstrel purred easily along at about 8 knots and it took us about 6 hours to get to our destination. We even saw a few dolphins along the way.
So we are here on Salt Spring Island at Ganges Marina. We hadn’t been here before. The climate of the Gulf Islands is more Mediterranean like which makes them very popular. The island is big on tourism and the locals are very furiendly. We have some cousins who live here and since we came without any of our Port Moody Squadron boater furiends, it was a purrfect opportunity to have a good long visit them. The humans went to their house for dinner the first evening, and they came to have dinner on the boat with us the next.
The nights aren’t cooling down as usual either and last night the humans took me out for a dinghy ride to see if that would help. I hadn’t been out in the dinghy for a while and at first I wasn’t too comfortable about the idea. However, after a slow and gentle ride, I chilled out and seemed to enjoy it. The humans forgot my life jacket at home but it doesn’t really fit anyways. As long as they wear theirs!
Hope it’s nice and cool where you are and that all is well. Paw paw for now =^,,^=
What a crazy year 2020 has been but it’s all in our hindsight now, right where it belongs thank goodness. I know there’s been a lot of confusion around the amount of time the humans have been home compared to, well, ever. At times I had to hide from all their attention. It could get a little overwhelming but I tried to tell them not to take it purrsonally. On the other paw, they had me meowing out loud with some of the jokes and memes they shared about how others have been experiencing it. I think we bonded more from that and was relieved to know we weren’t the only ones. It’s good to find the humour in life.
Remember in my last few posts during our summer boat cruise I had mentioned that I had to go on a special diet? Yes I am still on it and I’m happy to report my situation has improved. I’m a little embarrassed to meow about it but my number 2 litter box business had become consistently runny. A trip to my vet revealed that I “could have” irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or worse, pancreatitis, but the only way to know would be to get a cat scan. We don’t have pet insurance and that was going to be expensive, so the alternative was to change my food and see what happens. So now I’m eating a novel protein of duck and/or venison meat from specialty pet food stores. No more fancy feast fo meow, but I still get some prawns and crab now and then.
Also do you remember a post I made from a few years back about a painting of meow as a kitten? Well my human artist furiend Lorraine Yigit has done it again: my human commissioned her to put it on a 6″ ball. I am so happy to reveal my new Christmas tree ornament! It’s so good I’m going to get a second one of meow made for next year. Many of my furiends have one of themselves, and maybe you can get one too. What a great keepsake for the humans.
It’s getting closer to midnight now so that means it’s time for a catnap before the humans open their bubbly water and get noisy. I would like to wish you all a healthy & Happy Mew Year! Above all, remember to be safe, be calm, and be kind to each other.
Paw paw for now! =^,,^=
Happy Monday furiends. We are home now, my catcation is over. It’s currently quite a bit hotter on land than on the ocean and I’m thinking I want to go back! We will go back but only on the weekends now. The humans are hoping the nice weather will continue, but this weekend looks like rain. It rains here a lot. Good thing we have lots of sunny photos of me to look at.
One thing my human mom hasn’t done much of is taking photos of me in slow motion. One of my Instagram furiends, Peanut from “ImABoatCat” has been purractising high jump for the catolympics and her slo-mo video shows her in good form. I meowed that I wanted to see what I looked like in slow motion too. My human needs more purractise of being ready to take Slo-Mo videos of me when I am, but she did get a couple of starters.
The humans had a two week cruise guide set out by the Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron Cruisemaster, and so far, as I’ve posted in the first week, we went to:
- Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast,
- Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound,
- Squirrel Cove & Cortes Bay on Cortes Island and
- Campbell River on Vancouver Island.
The second week we left the group and were out on our own which meant we didn’t go to Gorge Harbour, Rebecca Spit, Tribune Bay, or Gibsons Marina. Instead we went back to Prideaux Haven, Pender Harbour, and lastly Bedwell Bay which is an hour away from home.
All the furesh fish and purrawns are store away and I have to understand that my diet will no longer include them, at least for the next couple of months. More on the results of my cat doctor visit coming soon. Don’t worry it’s not that bad, I hope.
Paw paw for now =^,,^=
Meowee furiends, look what my human caught! Meow very own fish! A Spring or Chinook salmon. Sometimes it takes a long time to catch one. Hours and hours even. So understandably I was resting below deck when the big event happened so I missed being there to get my photo with it before it was packed away on ice to keep it fresh. However, after we got to the human’s friends dock, I got to meet it.
Have you ever kissed a fish before? Apparently it’s a thing and I just did it too. It’s an old tradition although sparse on the details. The why’s and wherefurs of the purractise diffurs from one to another but here are a few reasons:
- To bring good luck
- To attract more fish
- A thank you for getting caught
- Apologize for catching
- Out of respect
- Speed up healing from hook (only for catch and release fish)
- To become a true Newfoundlander
- Selfie opportunity
- A dare
Is it safe to kiss a fish? Due to fish being known to host to a variety of microscopic parasites, you could run the risk of getting a viral infection when kissing it. That can be further amplified if the water it was caught in was contaminated with any toxic waste and bacteria, either resulting in an upset tummy and severe diarrhea for several days.
I supurrvised the human as he cut up the fish, and the one he caught the day before, into smaller dinner sized pieces, but when he got out the machine to shrink wrap them to put in the freezer, I headed out to my usual purrch to relax and keep a watch out for any flying thieves. Now we will have fish all year round.
Next we are heading for warmer water and less windy areas back in one of our faourite places, Prideaux Haven, for a couple days. Paw paw for now =^,,^=
First it was geese, then ducks and a swan, and now I have to safeguard all our freshly caught seafood from these intelligent but pesky birds. They float idly around the boat for hours just waiting for an oppurrtunity to grab and go. Not on my watch they don’t.
One interesting fact my human told me was that “Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.”
I had a checkup by a cat doctor 2 weeks ago and my blood work didn’t indicate a lack or abundance of salt in my system, so I guess I’m normal. However, I have been having a bit of a salt craving and discovered that anything around the anchor chain to be a tasty source. Upon further research by my ever curious human mom, it is actually safe for us kitties to routinely drink salt water since we can tolerate a higher salt intake than humans. While humans have to watch their salt intake, it appears that we don’t have to do the same. Our kidneys are able to excrete sodium at a much greater efficiency than humans.
Today we are in Campbell River visiting the human’s friends. Their house is actually riverfront with a dock and we are tied up to it. After we pulled up over 200 prawns and left Cassel Falls in Teakearne Arm (the humans were right again about Teakearne Arm) we headed west to Cortes Bay which is a bit south of Squirrel Cove. There human’s friends showed up in their fishing boat to take them fishing. It was a little bouncy out in the wide open water so I volunteered to stay and take care of Minstrel until they came back. Yesterday the humans fished their way across the strait while waiting for the tide to be high enough to get up the river. Again the humans have gone fishing and the wind is still really gusty so this time both me and my human mom volunteered to stay on Minstrel.
Next post I will have some fishy tails to tells you. Paw paw for now! =^,,^=
Each time we go cruising I get to meet some new furiends. Mostly dogs but on the odd occasion I hear about other cats lurking below the decks of their boat who rarely make it out on deck so we can get introduced. Today I’d like to introduce Oliver.
Oliver is a 10 month old Yorkshire Terrier. He is very vocal and protective of his boat so even when you look at him he starts yapping away incessantly. His redeeming quality is that he is so darn cute. Oliver’s humans have setup a pee pad on their back deck for him. To me that makes more sense than trying to find somewhere on shore several times a day, that isn’t covered in razor sharp oyster shells, and/or in the pouring rain. Instead the grass-like mat is simply rinsed off in the ocean and ready to use again. Easy peesy.
Oliver likes to chew things. He has a chicken chew toy named Henrietta but he’d rather chew on things that he shouldn’t like the ropes of the fenders or the lines to tie the boat to a dock, or the strap on the fire extinguisher or any of loose piece wood he can find inside the boat. Once he has managed to get a forbidden prize of some sort, off he runs around the deck of his 50 foot Grand Banks boat, with his human mom chasing after him. He is such a little dickens. My human mom chases me around the deck sometimes too but just for fun and a bit of exercise.
We are leaving Squirrel Cove and heading East over to Teakerne Arm this morning. My humans say that’s the best place for prawns… so hurry up and let’s get going!
Paw paw for now =^,,^=
Last year I was either too busy eating prawns and sleeping, or out of internet range to post about our adventures and if I don’t post about it soon, then the moment is lost. The humans say I have the attention span of a squirrel! Well, I have something to say about that….
It was this time last year that we were in Squirrel Cove and we are again today. I don’t know why it’s called Squirrel Cove, but it is. This photo is from 2017 when there were a lot of fires burning in BC and the skies were full of smoke.
So far we’ve been to Pender Harbour and stayed at the dock for the long weekend, then to Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound with 6 other boats for a couple of days. The weather was purrfect for the humans to swim and float around in water they say is the warmest north of Mexico.
My human dad has been trying his hardest to catch me a lot of prawns but so far this time he hasn’t been as successful as usual. Oh well, it might be for the best. I had a vet checkup a couple of weeks ago and I’m on a bit of a restricted diet and we don’t know yet if prawns are ok or not. More on that in another post.
Yesterday the weather was almost too hot but then became a tad unsettled at night and it rained. It’s sunny today but windy and supposed to rain again tomorrow. Then get nice again. Tomorrow we will break away from the group and go to Campbell River to meet some other humans. I’m just along for the ride, and the prawns.
Paw paw for now =^,,^=
Meowee Furiends, today is the first Monday of August and is known as British Columbia Day, BC Day or B.C. Day, in the province of British Columbia. It is a statutory holiday and gives Canadians in the province the chance to celebrate their achievements or relax with friends and family members. Except this year is a little different as we all know.
We are cruising north along the Sunshine Coast in Malaspina Strait and the water is flat calm. Purrfect conditions for boating and a quick blog post. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful Province to explore. I do like to sit outside sometimes and experience it.
My humans and their Canadian Power & Sail Squadron furiends are once again travelling together. Due to the Covid virus that I keep hearing about, this cruise almost didn’t happen but thankfully all the humans here have been respectfully minding their distance and other social measures to prevent the virus from spreading, and its working. Its good to know everyone is doing their part.
I’m not sure where the currents are sending us for the next 2 weeks so it will be an adventure. I hope all is well with all of you, and in the words I’ve heard the top doc on TV say: “This is our time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe”.
Paw paw for now! =^,,^=
Meoweeee, I’m the king of the world! I watched a human do it in a movie once, and he was right! I love to sit on the anchor board, when we are going slow. Minstrel is not a fast boat for a power boat, with 9 knots being her normal cruising speed. I can always tell when we are coming into a marina or an anchorage when the roaring of Minstrel’s twin cat engines throttle down to a gentler purr. That’s my cue to leave my safe travel place down in the stateroom, and assume my vantage place on the bow as we glide in to tie up.
Are you wondering if I got many prawns yesterday? I shore did! 50 prawns and about that many shrimp. I may not be the king of the world, but I shore feel like one!
We are now heading to Grace Harbour to where Billy and the other humans went yesterday.
Paw Paw for now! =^,,^=
Good morning from sunny Garden Bay Marina in Pender Harbour. We are into the first weekend of our two week August cruise north up to a place called Desolation Sound, on the Pacific West Coast. There are 2 other boats with us this year, much less than in the past. Where is everyone? At least one of them has a little doggy furiend for me. Meet Billy, a Yorkie Brussels Griffon. Arrr, ever been to sea Billy?!
The humans have a cruise plan to guide them to our planned destinations, but as sailors would say, we might just go where the wind blows us. The weather forecast is hot, sunny & calm for the next few days, pawsome for boating.
I’m just waiting for the prawn traps to get pulled…how many will I get this time? Check back soon to find out!
Paw Paw for now =^,,^=
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