Due West Adventures

The sailing adventures of Captain Kirk & Heidi, Tosh and Tikka Hackler . . .

11 October 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
16 September 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
29 June 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
26 May 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
07 April 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
26 February 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
30 January 2017 | La Cruz, Nayarit, MX
24 December 2016 | Banderas Bay, Mexico
20 December 2016 | Banderas Bay
27 November 2016 | La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico
14 November 2016 | Bahia San Carlos Mexico
17 October 2016 | San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
30 September 2016 | San Javier, B.C.S.
25 September 2016 | Puerto Escondido, B.C.S Mexico
12 September 2016 | Puerto Escondido, B.C.S Mexico
04 September 2016 | Nopolo Norte - Loreto
12 August 2016 | La Paz, Baja California Sur

Puerto Escondido and Loreto

12 July 2016
Check out more photos of Puerto Escondido and Loreto here.

Continuing our way north from Agua Verde, we stopped at Bahia Candeleros, a small bay with a big resort, where they graciously gave us guest passes to swim in their pools and use their wifi. The timing was perfect as Heidi had a lot of work to get done at month-end and loved using the free wifi.

Sunrise on the astounding Sierra de la Gigante backdrop of Puerto Escondido

On to Puerto Escondido where we stayed on the mooring buoy of our friend Lisa (BIG THANKS Lisa! loved the view from your buoy!), and made new friends Heidi & Terry and their gato Rosie on s/v Cetus, who we look forward to meeting up with again soon.

The backdrop of the Sierra de la Gigante mountains was truly breathtaking. This large bay protected on all sides is a good hurricane hole. It's rumored that the Franciscan Monks built land bridges to close the gap between the "windows" of what used to be a more open bay.

Tosh turned 2 years old in Puerto Escondido, and the dolphins, mobula rays, and fish were jumping and splashing around Due West in celebration! We even slept out on deck for the first time...waaaay too warm below deck.

Birthday-Boy Tosh turns 2!

On to Loreto with more dolphins leading the way, a pod of 40-50 leaping and dancing on our bow, it was a spectacular show!

We had visited this lovely town three years ago for Thanksgiving with some of Heidi's family. We loved it then, and were excited to return, and to visit our friends Deborah & Gerardo, owners of La Damina Inn, a wonderful, eclectic little pension in the heart of Loreto.

This historic town houses the first built of the California Missions, and used to be the capital of "California" (the current US state plus Baja California.) So much to see and do here, from museums to arts and crafts, and eco tours.

If you've never been to Loreto, check out our photos in our gallery, and plan your trip. Alaska Airlines even flies into the Loreto airport. With it eco-tourism, snorkeling, diving, and camping trips to the near by National Park Islands, we guarantee you will LOVE Loreto as much as we do. And be sure to contact Deborah about staying at La Damiana Inn as well.

Our stop in Loreto was cut short due to impending weather and it not being a protected anchorage, plus we had plans to meet up with friends Sherri & Steve on s/v Pablo in Agua Verde again soon.

So far we are LOVING the Sea of Cortez (minus a few jelly-stings and the too-hot-humid weather!?) The geology and sea life is everything you've heard it is and more...
Vessel Name: Due West
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Captain Kirk & Heidi Hackler + Tosh & Tikka
Captain Kirk grew up sailing on Lake Washington and has been boating his whole life. He has been racing sailboats for about 40 years, including two Vic-Maui races (from Victoria, BC to Maui, Hawaii), one in 1990, and the other on Due West in 1996. [...]
You can see pix of our boat here: Due West Interior Photos and in the Photo Gallery. Our racing friends call us "The [...]
Home Page: http://svduewest.com
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