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 - Carnaval Ensenada-Style!
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Carnaval Ensenada-Style! The 3-day Parade included floats of many themes from Brazil, to Cuba, to Tiki, and Egyptian. Confetti is thrown everywhere like candy at American parades.
Heidi and Kirk being photo bombed by a Scheherazade Harem Girl.
This Brazilian float even depicted the giant Jesus  statue in Rio.
Beautiful, elaborate costumes, maybe not as elaborate as Rio, but way more elaborate than anything seen in US parades.
South Pacific Tiki float...
...complete with Tiki dancers and Tiki heads
Even the Sphinx and Pyramids were here to celebrate Carnaval!
Jumbies abound...
Elephants, giraffes, and lions, Oh My!
Nutcrackers too!
All ages in this Carnaval Parade, including lots of dancing grandmothers!
Multi-colored paper confetti is thrown everywhere, by everyone, Heidi even got some confetti on her teeth!
Fun times hanging out at Carnaval with our new cruising buddies Don & Lisa on s/v "Windcharmer".
A week later, the streets are still littered in confetti everywhere...
Heidi & Kirk in the Pink and sprinkled with confetti!
The LARGEST Mexican flag we
Mexican "trinkets to trade" were everywhere at Carnaval, and mostly for the Mexicans as as there were few Gringos there. Love the kid hamming it up for the camera too!
Mexican "candy carts" are also everywhere, during Carnaval and every-day. Besides the vibrant, artificially colored-and-flavored candy, they offer Cheetos or potato chips with ketchup, and a variety of dried fruits with chili-lime seasoning (Tajin.)
Churros (sugar-coated bread-sticks fried in lard) carts also abound at Carnaval and every day. Even if they were gluten-free, we doubt we
Besides churros and candy carts, we
So much fun to see all of the Mexican families out on the Malecon enjoying the sun, trinkets for sale, and Carnaval festivities. Carnaval here in Ensenada is VERY family-oriented, nothing like Rio or New Orleans, here is
Brilliant hammocks and hammock chairs. Since we already own two hammocks, we had to steer ourselves away... Heidi thought a hammock chair would be fun hanging from a halyard!
Gringo-Kirk checking out the wares at one of the trinket stands and wondering if he should trade-in our Osprey backpack for a Mexican backpack? Nah...
We did buy some delicious local honey with comb-in-jar from this vendor. Forgot how much fun it is to chew on honeycomb! :-)
This face-painting booth with "Raggedy-Anne"  was bustling all weekend long.
Life-size busts of this unknown man stuck on rebar poles have been appearing all over town. Some painted, some with blindfolds, all made from concrete. It
Heidi wanted to ride one of the electric animals but they were for little-kids only. These things are ingenious and we wonder why they aren
Heidi with Hussong
Mariachi band taking a break... notice the solar panels atop the apartment building? We
Entrance to the Carnival Midway with more modern, hair-raising rides than we
LED lights on all of the midway carnival rides light  up the sky against the lovely sunset ending to a fun-filed Carnaval week!