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. [...]
You can see pix of our boat here: Due West Interior Photos and in the Photo Gallery. Our racing friends call us "The [...]
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Entrance to Fausto Polanco (http://www.faustopolanco.com.mx/Maya/), formerly a hotel and municipal offices, now an amazing transformation into a local artisan and furniture shop.
Dias de los Muertes figures, just one of the beautiful displays of local arts & crafts at Fausto Polanco (http://www.faustopolanco.com.mx/Maya/). Heidi saw the "no photos please" sign after she had taken a few, oops! They are too pretty not to share!
Beautiful paintings of traditional Mexican Lotería Cards at Fausto Polanco (http://www.faustopolanco.com.mx/Maya/). If your
Maryalice and Heidi at the TelCel store getting their Banda Ancha wifi USB sticks.
Before our "Haircuts by Ali", on our way to the Apple Store for the first time...
BIG surf along the road to Ensenada, via bus from San Diego.
Tijuana Boarder crossing with cars going into the US. 18,000 people a day (mostly day laborers) cross this border, making it the busiest border crossing in the world.
People are selling EVERYTHING at the border. Little kids juggling and doing tricks, all sorts of food, and any Mexican trinket you can think of.
Hour 2 of our 3-hour wait to cross from Mexico back into US. They have no separate lane for US Passports, so we American
Anytime, night or day, this border is hopping! Fellow cruisers who live in Ensenada just had an hour wait to cross at 0400!
Edificio Mexico, "Mexico Building", nice old Mexican architecture.
Not-OSHA-approved construction of a new malecón bridge at Cruiseport Marina. Work is going on in four or five sections of the malecón all along the water-front. The yellow track-hoe was so precariously perched atop a pile of mud, we thought it would slip into the water for sure!
Kirk posing in "Gringo Gultch", Ensenada.
Hat-shopping in Gringo Gultch.
A local pescadería, there are tons of them here...
Mariscos truck.
Piñatas are everywhere, with a modern/Disney twist?! Not your mother
Funky Ensenada Architecture pits random buildings next to each other.
Modern lime-green building and palm trees...who
"The Purple" apartments, because the other two buildings that you can
Surrealistic Mexican headless female form.
More Mexican architecture, we love all of the BRIGHT colors, especially against the blue sky!
So many Mexican buildings have public courtyards, a nice use of space.
Local taqueria in living-color.
A local hat-stand we pass daily walking to and from the marina and town.
Cruise ship trinket stand with everything from Mexican Sweatshirts to Frida Kahlo.
Colorful, fun, neighborhood shops are everywhere here. Where did America go wrong?!
Great to see Ganesh in the middle of Gringo Gulch, Ensenada.  Shopkeeper Armando is a big fisherman who frequently closes this shop to drive to Muleje or Loretto to go fishing. We hope to meet up with him when we get over to the Sea of Cortez side of Baja.
Hotel with hammock reminding us that we need to put our hammocks up. Why haven
Bahia Hotel, Ensenada at sunset.
Another beautiful Cruiseport Marina Sunset.
Mariachi street band taking a break against a perfect store-wall backdrop!
Ensenada night-life with bright lights everywhere. Sirens are everywhere too, we
Stonehenge Ensenada-style? Nope, just nice architecture at Cruiseport Marina.
Lest you think these little darling kitties  are always on their best behavior... they aren
After the fight: "Kids! Stop fighting and go to your rooms!"
When I
Sometimes I like hiding out in my fort in the cockpit under the wheel, next to the life-raft.
I like hanging out in any cupboard, as soon as they take something out, I jump in!
Who us? We never get up on the galley counter when you
OMG...we finally caved...and made our first-ever trip to the dark-side. When in Mexico...
And what did we cave for? Some neon spray-paint to trash our our outboard with (and hopefully make it less desirable to steal?); a silicon oven-mitt (that
Modern coconut-ladder beats climbing the trees!?
Ceasar the Coco-man sells about 100 drinking-coconuts each week.
When you
Heidi met up with a couple of the gals from Women Who Sail FB group. Vickie and Cindy both live in Ensenada and have been very helpful to us. Women Who Sail is a fantastic group of  7,000+ women sailors all over the globe.