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 - San Francisco Days
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San Francisco Days.
Captain Kirk & Heidi sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge for the second time... this was the shot we
Cousins Heidi & Jenny.
Cousins Kelly, Heidi, and Sue.
Dinghy Aventuras tied to the seawall at SF Aquatic Park.
Captain Kirk with Aventuras on the rocks...why we
Glorious Ghirardelli Sunset over the SF Aquatic Park.
Fleet Week Captains and fellow PNW sailors Stephen and Ginny.
Alcatraz during Fleet Week, the day before the white shark attack on the seal.
View from the top of Coit Tower: Due West anchored in the SF Aquatic Park with Blue Angels flying by.
Due West anchored in the SF Aquatic Park.
Crowds at SF Aquatic Park during Fleet Week.
Blue Angels show at Fleet Week 2015
Captain Kirk & Heidi catching a cable car in SF.
Coit Tower.
Kirk hiking the Filbert Stairs to Coit Tower.
Hanging with Jimmy and 2 hippies in Haight-Ashbury...Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care...?
Art and Theater in the Castro.
FUN New SF friends: Tai Li, Jade and James.
Hipsters sporting new Jamestown shades courtesy of fellow sailors James & Jade at VEO Optical.
Mission Delores complete with halo, the oldest building in San Francisco. Built in the late 1700
Only in San Francisco: one-stop-shopping for Bikram Yoga, Public Notary, Wine, Sandwiches, and more...
Cute neighborhood produce market...love all the individual markets for produce, bread, cheese, meats, and more in this city.
Rainbow row-houses everywhere.
Old-school SF street car.
San Francisco Victorian houses.
Tikka and Tosh digging their felted wool cave. Might need to get another one so they stop fighting over it!
Golden Gate Sunset from the Aquatic Park.