Due West Adventures

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

17 March 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
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26 August 2018 | Puerto Vallarta MX, ABQ, NM, and SEA, WA
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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!

xo
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
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
You can see pix of our boat here: Due West Interior Photos and in the Photo Gallery. Our racing friends call us "The [...]
Home Page: http://svduewest.com
Due West's Photos - The Minister & The Mermaid
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Big THANKS to Puget Sound Cruising Club (PSCC) friends Rob & Teresa (who circumnavigated the Pacific a few years ago) for hosting a fun backyard BBQ Pizza party with more Bainbridge Island cruising friends. Seen here: Rob, Paul & Judy. We hung out with Paul & Judy in Mexico and picked their brains for Panama and Ecuador cruising info before they shipped their boat back to the Pacific Northwest. We
Painterly image of cruising friends Teresa and Lisa. HUGE THANKS to Teresa for your wonderful hospitality and use of your car while we were there! And to Lisa for past and future use of your buoy at Puerto Escondido! See you in La Paz this fall...
PSCC Cruising friends Mike and Wendy & Garth chatting in Teresa & Rob
Our good friends Devon & Jim always make us feel so welcome in their beautiful home near Port Townsend. We watched it grow up from a muddy field to a construction zone, to a shining gem of a home over the years. They hosted a little get-together with our Port Townsend area sailing friends, then took us crabbing for fresh Dunguness, which we are so MISSING in Mexico, a highlight of our trip. Many THANKS Devon & Jim for all you have done and continue to do for us, we miss you!
Marrowstoners Carol and Devon with Heidi...so good to see these girls again, we miss you so much and hope you come visit soon!! :-)
Boys will be boys! Kirk hanging with his pals: Jim and Sandy. Seems like just yesterday we were all together! We loved having Sandy as one of our crew down the coast from Port Townsend to Newport, Oregon, too bad Neptune foiled the trip to San Francisco.
Heidi and Johnny G, who named us "The Minister & The Mermaid", as Kirk was going to officiate a wedding, and apparently Heidi looked like a fish out of water in jeans and a sweater!? ;-)
No gathering at Devon & Jim
Frosty jammin
Jim, Heidi (a.k.a. The Mermaid), Devon, Kirk (a.ka. The Minister)...we LOVE and miss these guys!
Frosty, Patti, Jim, and Devon... What?! The Mermaid is eating a hotdog?! Yes, Heidi was in hotdog heaven! It
We got to see Carol & Johnny G
No trip to Seattle would be complete without a stop at the Ballard Fred Meyer, to see our FAV checker Emma! She hails from Columbia and has always helped us with our Spanish. She was impressed that we knew much more then when we left! :-)
We were lucky to be in Seattle on a summer Thursday night to race in the Elliott Bay Marina Downtown Sailing Series with our friends Regina & Mike on s/v Quo Vadis. Not so lucky with the weather, Seattle welcomed us home with rain and lightening requiring jeans and jackets to keep warm. What a difference a week and 24° latitude makes!? Fun to see a few of our old marina neighbors too. As some of you remember, s/v Due West was a regular in this regatta for the past 15 years and we always loved taking people out on the water who didn
The UP side to the clouds and rain...this beautiful sunset over Elliott Bay Marina.
And now, the whole reason for our trip back to the Pacific Northwest... to attend the Mazama-Rama with Wedding, where The Minister would officiate the ceremony of our "nephew" Braden marrying Molly the Fox of course!
The Minister "Captain Reverend Kirk" bestowing last pearls of wisdom on Braden before the rehearsal.
Our "niece" and "nephew" Kelsi and Braden at the Mazama-Rama with Wedding.
Mother of the Groom, Sara and The Minister "Captain Reverend Kirk" before the rehearsal. Sara, Kirk and friends had cycled Europe 30+ years ago when Sara was pregnant with Kelsi! Such an honor for Kirk to represent Bob for this wedding.
To ensure people wouldn
The beautiful wedding ceremony site with chairs for almost 200 people on a river floodplain clearing in the forest.
Kelsi and her husband Jesse graciously hosted us in Seattle for a few days before and after the wedding, fed us delicious healthy meals from their garden, and lent us a car to get around. So much fun to hang out with them, but way too brief! Here
The King and the Queen of the Ball: Molly & Braden hamming it up post rehearsal, headed to a delicious gluten-free meal cooked by Braden
The Minister... Photo credit: Sandra Burr.
Mid-ceremony in the 85° heat and stillness, a gusty-breeze blew through the ceremony, Braden and Kirk simultaneously exclaimed “Bob!”, as Kirk was miked the audience heard him, laughed, then got a bit teary.
I now pronounce you "Dr. & Dr.", er, uh "Husband & Wife, Braden & Molly!" [Molly is a naturopath and Braden is a dentist, both on Whidbey Island, and it seemed like most of the guests were natural healers of one type or another. Fun to be with such a health loving crowd.] Photo credit: Sandra Burr.
Oh what a dance party it was, complete with Hava Nagila chair dance, Molly and her girls dancing to Madona
North Cascades National Park and North Cascades Highway, a beautiful drive through gorgeous mountains, was a welcome relief to the 104° heat we left behind in La Paz!
The Minister & The Mermaid with the Early Winters Spires in the background. One of the most beautiful drives in Washington state, Molly-the-Bride requested that everyone stop to take in her favorite view from Washington Pass Overlook.
One more party in Seattle before we headed back to Mexico. Friends Karen & Jared (who visited us in La Paz last spring) hosted a fun-filled get-together on their deck with a view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. A mini-reunion from a sailing trip several years ago to the BVIs with some of these folks: Kathy, Lu, Ian, Jared, Karen, John, Heidi, Willie, Kirk, and Mike. Thanks so much for the hospitality and party (during your retirement/birthday week no less Karen!), and for the ride to the airport at an un-godly hour Jared! :-)  [If you
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The Seattle sunsets did not disappoint!
Ugh! And then we had to PACK up all of the boat parts, gluten-free food, vitamins and supplements, cat food, and let
Yes, it totaled exactly 400 pounds of stuff, split up among 5 duffles and a box. Note to Alaska Air flyers: Although your first two bags can
Our dear friend Miles toured us all over San Diego County (this view above Black
BEST Cat Sitters in the WORLD! Not only did John & Boni take stellar care of the Furbies, they rented a jeep and picked us up at the Cabo airport along with our 400 lbs of luggage! (See it strapped to the roof behind our heads?!) We had to leave room inside the jeep for people and a Costco run. Thanks guys, we hope to return the favor!
Tosh & Tikka beating the heat in La Paz, sleeping on the salon table under the A/C unit...they
 
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