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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Our personal favorite guidebooks and charts include: Shawn Breeding & Heather Bansmer books "Sea of Cortez" and "Pacific Mexico", the new perfect-bound Charlie
While shopping at the organic farmers market isn
We try to have as many spares as possible, including things like tools. Tikka (and Tosh) are ever helpful with tools and parts and boat projects! ;-)
Captain Kirk hooking up the new antenna for the IridiumGo! Beam us UP Scotty...There is always some project to work on...it
African Queen sun-shade covers the house and cockpit. Then we picked up some Coolaroo sun-shades at Costco to cover the bow of Due West or hang from halyards for moveable sun protection. We
Tosh loves lounging in the shade of the African Queen cover, too cool for cats!
Our canvas jerry can covers help protect the plastic from sun, and the fuel from heat. We have 2" x 6" lashing boards on each side of the foredeck to lash our jerry cans to while under way. We had the jerry can covers made with velcro handle covers, so that the whole can can be covered, or we can uncover the handle for carrying them with covers on.
The view from inside the cockpit looking through our mesh Bimini-dodger connector piece, which lets breezes through and dampens the big winds at night.
Sunbrella hatch covers help to keep the sun out (on our boat we
If we
Our Rocna anchor with Mantus swivel, and 300
Dinghy chaps, gas tank cover, and gas hose/bulb cover (look along the dinghy floor) helping keep the sun off our dinghy "Aventuras". Hopefully the paint job on the "artboard" motor is a theft deterrent, but it
We try to shop where the locals do. This not only saves money but we often get better produce, and we get to experience the local color too.
Luckily for us there is GREAT produce in Mexico, much of it organic, all of it colorful and fresh.
Victoria and her dad have an amazing assortment of organic produce at the La Paz farmers market every Tuesday and Saturday. We bought 2 kilos of fresh basil and made a ton of pesto!
Did we mention that we walk...everywhere?! Our Osprey backpacks come in handy, always on our backs when we head out for errands around towns. We always pack our water bottles and a Kind Bar or trailmix for snacks too. Stock up on Kind Bars at home, while you can find them here, they cost twice as much!
Internet access is few and far between in much of coastal Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. Our IridiumGo! satellite modem  should allow for sending and receiving emails and texts via iPads plus making phone calls anywhere in the world using our iPhones for a very reasonable monthly fee. Stay tuned for how it actually works in practice.
Tosh & Tikka beating the heat in La Paz.