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 - Monterey & Pacific Grove
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Due West at Monterey Harbor.
Classic Pacific Grove view.
Cypress trees at Lovers Point Park, Monterey.
675 Mermaid Avenue... Grandpa Oxy and Grandma Wini
Heidi on the front porch of
Johns Hopkins Marine Lab, Monterey.
Aarrgghh! Captain Hook caught up with Captain Kirk again in Monterey,  but Kirk soon escaped into the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, thanks Sheila!
Portola Sardine label from Hovden Cannery. Now home of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Heidi
Steinbeck and company atop the rocks on Cannery Row.
Monterey Fishing History Art.
Monterey Harbor Entrance via land...
New Cruising Buddies: Mary and Keith (who are headed to the Pacific Northwest!) and Maryalice and Rick, who are head to Mexico along with us. We have SO MUCH enjoyed our time with all of them. For those of you in the PNW, keep an eye out for Mary and Keith, you
Monterey Harbor at dusk.
Sheila and Heidi at the Monterey Farmer
Carmel By The Sea.
Carmel Beach.
Dear life-time Pacific Grove and Carmel  friends, Inge and Sheila (with Bodhi!) have known Heidi her whole life.
Carmel Fairytale House
Frank Lloyd Wright Ship-house in Carmel.
Kirk stocking up on cat food at the Carmel Hay & Feed store...silly goats, it
Heidi UP the mast replacing the flag halyard.
Airing out Due West in the sunshine, sails and all.
"NYR Organic-blue" toes drying in the sunshine while Heidi rocks her NRY Organic business as we travel the seas. Check out her website for ethical, sustainable, toxin-free, organic personal care and beauty products, or email her to receive free samples. (https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/heidihackler)
Tikka and Tosh got a clean bill of health at Natural Veterinary Therapy, Pacific Grove, in preparation for Mexico!  These "kids" are amazing travelers, didn
Tosh navigating...
Tikka & Tosh banished from the galley and sent outside to play when they were trying to be TOO helpful with making dinner. 
Tosh: "Mer-oww...But mom, we