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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A long-time dream for Heidi finally came true when we got to swim with whale sharks! The largest fish in the sea, they can grow to 40’ long. But the two we swam with were juvenile females, one about 12’ long and one about 15’ long. Their 5’ wide mouth looks like it could swallow you whole, but whale sharks are filter feeders and don’t even have teeth. They are BREATHTAKING, so beautiful and graceful!. If you ever get the chance to swim with one, don’t miss it. In the same amazing day on a snorkel panga, we also were treated to two blue whales, the first blue whale either of us had ever seen! At nearly 100’ long they are the largest mammals on earth, and their backs went on-and-on-and-on (so different from the humpbacks and gray whales we’re used to seeing). We even had a pod of dolphins leaping on our bow as we headed back in for the day. So looking forward to seeing more marine life as we head north into the Sea of Cortez for the summer.
Fun dinner at Marina de La Paz with Seattle friends Judy & Paul before they headed home to meet up with their boat, being shipped back to the Pacific Northwest.  Photo credit: Judy Meaney.
Journeyman plumber, Tosh, has been helping his Dad, Kirk, with the water maker installation (when he wasn’t sleeping on the job, half IN the drill box!?)
Climbing half-under the galley sink to re-route hoses and install new valves while still leaving room to store dish soap and cleaning supplies is  a tough job, but somebody
Kirk plumbed the valves for the water maker while Heidi got creative with her label-maker and labeled everything.
Captain Kirk and the Starship Water Maker! Being able to make our own water is invaluable as having your cruising schedule dictated by where you can get potable water can really put a crimp in your cruising freedom. Especially during hurricane season (which we are hoping to stay north of!)
Houston, we have W-A-T-E-R!
We experienced a 24-hour period of thunder, lightening, and rain which was actually a welcome break from the heat (did Heidi just say that?!) Tikka was not happy, so we made her a fort to hide out from the loud thunder booms all day long. [Note: Tikka
How the boat looks when Heidi returns with several weeks worth of groceries and the galley is so torn up they can’t even be stowed away for hours…Luckily we managed to unearth the fridge to get the cold items in fairly soon.  (And hide all of the tostadas and crackers from Tikka, our carbo-hound!)
View from our slip at Marina de La Paz (when the mega-yachts are all out!) The sunsets here are incredibly beautiful, some of the best we