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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Due West's Photos - Leg 15: Ensenada to Dos Cabos
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Leaving Ensenada after 2-months here. Cruiseport Marina is a fine place to hang out and we
KAVU blue skies...
Lovely sunrise over the Baja Peninsulia.
A night visitor in the form of a squid! Thankfully it didn
Laundry day with the bluest-blue seas.
Off watch, the fur-bies usually snug up with who ever is in the sea-bunk.
Spoiled by lovely sunsets at sea!
Quick-sushi: Mash up a ripe avocado, stir in a can of wild-caught salmon, add in 1 cup of brown rice, and a Tablespoon of Gomassio. Spoon into seaweed snacks and roll up! Easy and delicious lunch at sea...
Tikka hanging out in her harness, LOVES the catnip and cat grass from "Uncle Miles". Tosh on the other hand, does NOT enjoy his harness, and would rather be down below than strapped in.
Spa-day at sea complete with a full line of Neal
This little snoozer loves his open portlight, fresh air and sunshine right in his bed!
Tikka in her travel-tube. Kirk
Sunset at sea soon brings billions of sparkling stars and planets.
Nav station at night, log book at far left, and iPad repeater of chart plotter. On night passages we can check the course and radar from the iPad app that screen-shares our chart plotter. Pretty slick!
Due West rounding the tip of Baja and headed for Cabo, arch in the background. Photo courtesy of s/v Windcharmer.
Cabo San Lucas, made it to the tipy-tip of Baja, Lands End.
A great shot of the "dragon drinking", the arch at Cabo from our sunset dinghy ride.
Doing the Cabo-Wabo with Lisa & Don from s/v Windcharmer.
Heidi photo-bombing Las Mujeres del Muertos in Cabo.
Heidi helping to hoist the dinghy and art-board. This is how we stow the dinghy each night, hanging from a halyard, and chained to a shroud. Thefts aren
Adios Cabo, when the cruiseship arrived, it was time for us to head out...
Due West bashing along the Cabo coast from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo. Beautiful day, but wind on the nose, and more of a delivery run than a tack-back-and-forth kind of day.
Amazing condo developments along the Cabo coast. This one was all built into the hillside.
More condos along the Cabo coast, some are nicely designed and blend into the landscape very well, others are garish and stick out like sore thumbs.
Captain Kirk in old town San Jose del Cabo.
Loving the vibrant colors inside of Jazmine
Bright Mexican colors, what an inventive way to turn napkins into decor.
Due West at the dock in San Jose del Cabo.
Heidi, Sara, and Kirk ~ such a fun, if too short visit!
Captain Kirk, Sara, and the Wendys
Tikka stalking the wild Pelicans of San Jose del Cabo... she would sit in the cockpit for hours just staring at the pelicans, so funny to watch!
Tosh loves cruising the decks while we
s/v Windcharmer and s/v Due West, dock-mates at San Jose del Cabo. We