Due West Adventures

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

02 November 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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

Dia de Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta Style

02 November 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
You can view more images from Dia de los Muertos in our Photo Gallery.

This is our third time experiencing Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, the first time was 20-years ago in Yucatan. Last year we were in San Carlos. This year in Puerto Vallarta was by far the best. You may be familiar with the face-painted Catrinas y Catrines, sugar skulls, and colorfully decorated altars...

In case you're not familiar with this Mexican tradition, here's a little background. The celebration of ancestral spirits has been a Mexican tradition dating back to to 3,000 B.C, pre-Mayan and Aztec days. When the Spanish Missionaries arrived in Mexico in the 1700's they tried to abolish this custom with out any success. So instead they incorporated some Catholic icons from All Souls Day, and today the Dia de Los Muertos celebration encompasses traditional indigenous customs along with a few Catholic ones sprinkled in. Each village, town, and city puts their own spin onto the celebrations, so you may experience different customs in different parts of Mexico.

As we learned, the traditional painted faces and sugar skulls are just a part of the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Graves and cemeteries are also decorated with bright orange, strongly-scented marigolds which help lead the spirits of the deceased ancestors back home for 24 hours of celebration each year on November 2nd. Family gatherings and parties to celebrate their ancestors include favorite foods and drinks of the deceased.

This is a HAPPY time to CELEBRATE LIFE, and is not a sad, mournful event. As it was explained "we are not sad that they are no longer with us, we are happy that they have come back to party with us for one night each year." The festival in Puerto Vallarta culminates in a parade from the cemetery to the Malecon.

No Tricks! We even got the Green Flash on Halloween night!

In other news, Kirk has recovered great from his latest pacemaker re-wiring, and we're currently visiting family in the states while friends Judy & Paul are taking care of Tosh & Tikka for us. We MISS our furbies! Stay tuned for another blog post soon about our road-trip Mexican style! In the mean time we'll be enjoying Banderas Bay this holiday season, so let us know if your'e coming to PV for the holidays, we'd love to see you!


Check out lots more images from Dia de los Muertos in our Photo Gallery.
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. [...]
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Due West's Photos - Port Townsend, WA to Newport, OR
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Day-before-departure stowing...many friends make light work!
Sandy and John fixing the first of several fuel issues:  fixing a leak where the furnace connects to the fuel tank. Luckily it was an easy fix once the problem was figured out.
24 hours pre-departure, Due West looks like a hurricane hit inside!
Heidi stowing under forward bunk.
Mike installing lee cloths on all bunks.
Stowed galley, including large container of home-made granola, courtesy of John.
John, Kirk, and Heidi working away pre departure.
Due West mostly stowed and ready to go...
0300 Kirk & Heidi at helm as we depart Port Townsend for warmer climes...
Captain Kirk and Mike initializing the Autopilot in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
Sandy and John wearing the yellow-red uniform of the day.
Heidi watching the autopilot initialization process.
John waking up for his watch, sleeping among the fruit basket is just peachy!
Making the first big turn South
First sunset in the Pacific, just past Tatoosh Island.
Heidi checking on the crew on watch.
John and Sandy on the breakfast watch.
Captain Kirk navigating.
Heidi on constant marine mammal lookout!
Pacific White-sided Dolphin.
Captain Kirk at the helm.
Mechanic Mike, working on the 2nd fuel problem: contaminated fuel/filter.
Resident HAM John getting our weather (WX) info on the windstorm that sent us into Newport, OR.
Calm before the storm: Tibetan Prayer Flags flying in the apparent wind while Kirk and Mike douse the main before heading into Newport, Oregon to wait out the gale.
Crossing the Yaquina River Bar into Newport, Oregon, along with the fishing fleet.
Tikka is so happy to be snug at the dock while the storm rages on, she finally came out from her hide-y-hole in the aft cabin.
Newport, OR bridge before the storm.
Mike, John and Heidi, long-time work-mates from 25+ years ago, who
Due West at the dock in Newport, Oregon.
Kirk at the Newport sand dunes
Kirk, Heidi, John, and Sandy at the Newport sand dunes.