Due West Adventures

The sailing adventures of Captain Kirk & Heidi, Tosh and Tikka Hackler . . .

17 March 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
25 December 2018 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
26 August 2018 | Puerto Vallarta MX, ABQ, NM, and SEA, WA
01 May 2018 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
24 December 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico
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

¡La Vida es Chula!

17 March 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
Heidi & Kirk Hackler
Es la Vida...Life is what happens while you're busy making plans. So much for our plans to sail south for a few months, high tide washed them away...

Between a trip to the states for Heidi's dad's 88th birthday (where we had to wear WAY too many clothes!) and running into yet another engine glitch... Life is great!

The 88th Birthday King Verne and his wife Willa.

If we have to be stuck in paradise awaiting another engine part, at least we have visits from friends and family, and plenty of fun things to do! We had a fantastic time in February when two sets of friends visited us and we got to share whale watching in Banderas Bay with Laura & Will and Lal & Eric. Laura & Will also brought us some boat parts, and a few other items from the states that we can't find in Mexico. This week we have Heidi's brother Arne, sis-in-law Teresa, and our niece Annika, plus several of Anni's friends coming to hang out in Puerto Vallarta for spring break. Life is great!

Clockwise from left: Lal, Heidi, Judy, and Laura whale watching on a Juan Bravo Panga tour.

A lunch stop at Maraika Beach Club is always a delicious treat, and this time was no exception! Eulalie (Lal), Eric, Judy, Will, Heidi, and Kirk.

As you may recall, we had our engine water pump rebuilt here in Mexico last spring. Sadly the the rebuild was faulty... so BIG thanks Arne & Teresa for bringing us a brand new water pump this week! This is no small feat, as our 20 year old Perkins engine is no longer manufactured and spare parts are becoming harder to find. Luckily Kirk has a good stable of Perkins part dealers around the US, and when we need something he is usually able to find a part, but they are becoming fewer and further between, several times we've bought the last one available! With any luck at all, our trusty engine "Michael P" will be up and running, with leak-free oil and water pumps again by next week! Life is great!

Our most exciting news of late, is that Tosh is a medical miracle! He's recovering nicely from his nasal tumor, thanks to Homeopathic remedies from Australia! We have been extremely happy with the results from Holistic Animal Remedies, (another BIG THANKS to friends Wai-Lin & Terry for turning us on to them!) In fact, Tosh's vet here in Vallarta is blown away. He actually asked us for the information on what remedies we've been treating Tosh with, because he's never seen an animal recover from a nasal tumor like this. We've opted not to do another invasive biopsy procedure to confirm it's really all gone... but we are over the moon with Tosh's revived personality, increased energy levels, easier time eating, gaining weight again, and even the shape of his face is going back to normal. Kirk is excited to have his journeyman mechanic back helping him again! Tikka is also very excited that Tosh is back to chasing her around and pouncing on her while she's sleeping (NOT!), as siblings will do... We can hear her say "He's touching me!" Life is great!

Since we are currently short on time to write and long on photos this post is primarily a photo blog. A photo is worth 1000 words anyway, so sit back, relax, and enjoy! Be sure to check out our photo gallery for more photos of friends, family, and adventures around Banderas Bay!

A trip into PV wouldn't be complete without a stop at our favorite juice stand... on a street corner, they have a power cord running into a building, and run two blenders and a hand juicer making any combination of fresh juice to go. $30 pesos for a pint ($1.50 US) Heidi's fav is toronja, perejil, y jengibre (grapefruit, parsley and ginger, try it, it's SO refreshing!!) Kirk likes betabel, zanahoria, y jengibre (beets, carrots, and ginger, also super yummy and great for your heart!)

Another local attraction we love to share with visitors is the hike from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas. This 3-mile section of trail (one-way) winds up through lush jungle and open forest with ocean views, past waterfalls, and back down along the beach. Those who are more intrepid can continue another 1.5 miles to Quimixto, or 7-miles all the way to Yelapa. Water Taxis are available for the return for those who don't want to hike back. We recently hiked this trail with friends and fellow cruisers, Judy & Paul from s/v Grace, and Christina & Alex from s/v Blue Wind.

The trail is well maintained and well traveled through the jungle which would otherwise quickly take back the trail... Remember, just because you didn't see the Jaguar, doesn't mean he didn't see you!

The trail crosses playa Colomitas and winds up the hill giving an exquisite view back down onto Colomitas beach and the boardwalk trail along the shore we'd just walked on.

If you're thirsty at the end of your hike, fresh Cocos await! They'll machete off the top for you to drink the coconut water out of. Then when you're done drinking, they'll machete it in half and scoop out the coconut meat for a yummy snack!

What could be better than an old car show complete with Pink Cadillac and palm trees? Stay tuned for our next blog post to find out!

La vida es chula! (Life is Great!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Heidi & Kirk, Tosh & Tikka

PS. Check out our photo gallery for more photos of friends, family, and adventures around Banderas Bay!
Vessel Name: Due West
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Captain Kirk & Heidi Hackler + Tosh & Tikka
Captain Kirk and First-Mate/Navi-Girl Heidi untied the dock-lines in Seattle in August 2015 and set sail for Mexico with our two-kitty crew Tosh & Tikka. We've been in Mexico since then.  
Kirk grew up sailing in Seattle and has been boating his whole life. [...]
Extra: See pix of our boat here: Due West Interior Photos and in the Photo Gallery.
Home Page: http://svduewest.com
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