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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Rocket-Man John and Blues Man Frosty toasting the Capitán at La Bodeguita del Medio, Cuban restaurant.
Birthday Party with Seattle Peeps, Cruisers Friends, and Mexican Amigos: Alva & Alberto, Captain Kirk, John, Frosty, Lisa, Fred, and Judy. Not pictured: Heidi & Patti who were off getting the cake!
Lisa, Judy, and Fred at the Capitán
Alva and Alberto, our AWESOME PV Taxi driver.
Fred & Kirk talking sailing...
Brownie-cake w/ coconut icing for the birthday boy, a.k.a. Captain America... YUM!
Birthday pool party sunset.
Banderas Bay - Panga ride from Mismaloya to Los Arcos, Los Animas, Quimixto, and Yelapa. These small towns and houses along the jungle-seaside cliffs are only accessible by boat or dirt trail, no roads.
Frosty, Patti, John, Heidi, and Captain Kirk in Mismaloya, ready for a panga tour!
Entrance to Boca de Tomatlan at high tide and rainy season. Low tide, dry season has is a big beach across the front of the restaurants.
Seaside villas on the southern shore of Banderas Bay, where all construction materials must be delivered by boat.
More seaside villas clinging to the jungle cliff walls, accessible only by boat or hiking trail.
Los Arcos "The Arches" limestone islets with caves big enough to drive a panga through. Normally they are great for snorkeling, but this time of year the water is very murky from all the rain run-off in the rivers.
Juan Bravo fed bread to the fish to bring them to the surface: Angle Fish and Sargent Majors abound!
Captain America, Israel, and Juan Bravo at lunch in Los Animas.
Juxtaposed with the Birthday Celebrations, Hurricane Irma was in our hearts and minds the whole weekend. And now there are two other hurricanes following in her wake...Sending LOVE to everyone affected...SO wishing we could do more.
Tropical Paradise along the southern coast of Bahia Banderas
John, Heidi, and Frosty fording the river up to the waterfalls.
The Boys: Kirk, Juan, John, and Frosty, playing in the waterfall current.
Patti snapped this fun pic of Kirk, Heidi, John, and Frosty at the Quimixto Waterfall just as the rains began...
Beautiful new art-wall in Yelapa.
Yelapa art of cangrejo (crab).
Yelapa graffiti and wall art.
La Cascada Waterfall  at Yelapa is about 100
Poncho Villa y Catrina got photo bombed getting ready for Dia de los Muertos!
Photo credit ©2017 Hubert Haciski. Massive destruction to the British Virgin Islands, US VI, and so much of the northern Caribbean is BREAKING our hearts. We LOVE these islands so much and are headed there one day soon. Maybe sooner so we can help.
Kitty Condo! These kids are hanging out on our snorkel/dive gear. Lately they are LOVING hanging around anything we bring to the condo that smells like the boat. They are looking forward to moving back aboard and continuing our sailing adventures, as are we. :-)