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 - La Paz to Los Gatos
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We left La Paz but only made it to our first anchorage before discovering that our windlass (electrical anchor hoist) wasn
Bird guano capped rock pinacles on Isla Espirtu Santo, reminiscent of Bryce Canyon in winter.
A geologists wet dream: so many different types, colors, and eras of geologic formation in Baja it
More of the red-on-black band at the entrance to Ensenada Grande on Isla Partida.
Baja Peninsula geology.
The spectacular red sandstone at Lost Gatos are so reminiscent of the desert south west of Utah and Colorado. Here Heidi is sitting among the vast red sandstone rock formations to give you some sense of scale.
Captain Kirk
Wind erosion on the res sandstone of Los Gatos creates little mounds of red sand on the rocks.
Concentric circle erosion.
A red-rock "dolphin" in the middle, see the eye and snout?
Red-rock sandstone formations complete with cactus in the background.
Circular erosion forms mounds of red rocks.
Beautiful wind-eroded rock formations at Los Gatos.
More amazing red-rock formations...the erosion patterns are all so different and complex.
More exquisit erosion patterns.
Rolls and mounds of red rocks abound at Los Gatos.
Someone had laid out a skull of a toothed whale or dolphin, complete  with vertebrae and ribs.
Heidi holding one of the vertebrae.
It was a toothed whale but all of the teeth were missing. Seemed too large to be a dolphin, maybe an Orca? Maybe one of our marine biologist friends can leave a comment to help ID what it was?
This "cobblestone road" looking formation was flat on the ground, just above the beach, but under water at high tide.
Closeup of sandstone erosion.
These folds and rolls of red stone were reminiscent of body parts, arms, legs, torsos... strange.
Another gnarled wind-eroded sandstone sculpture.
Someone left behind a beautiful "shrine" of man-made and natural materials including old rusted metal, yellow-orange art-glass, bird bones, shells, and seaweed.
Captain Kirk & First Mate Heidi celebrating 23 years of wedded bliss (LOL! ;-) at Los Gatos.
At the south end of the bay from the red-rock sandstone formations were conglomerate cliffs full of geodes! We found a nice egg size one that we hope to have cut open and polished.
Tikka taking a walk on the wild side... just before her first swim.
The aftermath of our "kitty swimming lessons": Though Tosh had been "swimming" once before in Seattle and as a result stays clear of the water, Tikka is always flirting with life on the edge of the water. We wanted to ensure they both understood that below the boat is WATER...and decided Los Gatos was as good a place to swim as any.      So with Heidi in the water and Kirk on board, Kirk threw them in one at a time. Tikka first with out ever making a peep...with a little help from Heidi she found the cat-ladder, a braided rope "Louie Line" (named after our friend John
Tosh prefers to stay indoors practicing daily yoga.