Due West Adventures

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

17 March 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
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¡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 Road to San Javier
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Looking up Steinbeck Canyon, we did a double-take, were we in the rain-forests of the Amazon or Baja Mexico?! The trail leads up to waterfalls and swimming pools, beautiful hike we’re sure, but right now with all the water here there are likely a lot of mosquitoes up there and Heidi is done being bitten for a while! John Steinbeck spent a lot of time in the Sea of Cortez, as detailed in his book “The Log of the Sea of Cortez”, which is how this canyon came to be named Steinbeck Canyon.
The turnoff from Loreto to San Javier is well marked and the highway is newly paved, our trip was off to a good start...
Shortly down the road and around a few bends however, the pavement suddenly became gravel, then dirt, and narrowed from two-lanes to one... just one of many washouts!
Major road construction! Note the hairpin turn in the center of the photo where we came head-to-head with one of the Baja 400 race cars. Fun and games on dirt roads!
This cute little road-side chappel along the road to San Javier (in a one-house town!) was decorated all pink inside, see next photo.
Inside of the two-pew chapel in the one-house town on the Road to San Javier.
Wild flowers were out in full bloom, including these hot pink coral bush and lavender-colored morning glories...
...and this bottle-brush type plant with white and pink “brushes”.
Streams flowed over the road in many places and we drove through at least ten fords along the way to San Javier.
Seconds after taking this photo a Baja 400 buggy zoomed around the blind corner towards us passing mid-ford, water flying!
Sprinkled here and there were cute little houses or ranchitos (little ranches) tucked into valleys along the way. This one was so beautifully painted we had to stop for a photo.
This mule was just one of the many animales we passed along the way including: cows, horses, goats and burros.
Interesting geology and beautiful scenery along the entire road to San Javier.
This was the biggest and deepest ford we crossed. Part way through we noticed fish swimming! After we crossed we looked back and noticed...
...these three Mexicans guys fishing along the banks of the stream, next to the road, crazy!
Many deep canyons lead straight down to palm lined oases in the valleys below.
One of the many, many shrines lining this road. We could easily see how and where cars have careened off the road. Many of their corners are banked the wrong way, potentially sending cars over the edge! Loreto is visible in the distance.
Another road-side shrine housing the Virgin of Guadeloupe, the patron saint of Mexico.
Post-hurricane, pavement washouts weren
The tiny town of San Javier (pop. 130) itself is literally made of two streets each about three blocks long with the Mission sitting at the end of town.
This cute flower cart in front of the mission boasts one of every type of native Baja flower blooming.
The second oldest mission in the Californias, Mission of San Javier (note the Asian influence above the door.)
Intricate wood carvings on the 300+ year old original massive wood doors.
When we first arrived we had the mission to ourselves...five minutes later it was full of tourists and Baja 400 racers stopping to pray. San Javier is considered the pride of Baja for this altar piece, and welcomes over 12,000 pilgrims from throughout Mexico each December 2nd, many of them on horseback.
Baja 400 race car drivers praying the day before the race.
Ornate ceiling inside of the Mission of San Javier.
Colorful votive candles light up the Mission of San Javier.
The Virgin of Guadeloupe, the patron saint of Mexico, adorning the wall of one of the ante-rooms in the Mission of San Javier.
Looking out a side door to the gardens beyond.
The 300+ year-old cemetery at San Javier Mission.
View of the mission from the gardens beyond the mission walls. The lemon trees were full of lemons!
This 300+ year old olive tree from the original gardens was huge and had sprouted many clones around it.
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The first wine (for "religious purposes" only. ;-) in the Californias was made right here by the San Javier monks, from grapes on these 300+ year-old grape vines, now intertwined around lime trees for support.
Heidi among the date palms in the San Javier gardens.
Kirk among the banana trees in the San Javier gardens. Besides bananas, the gardens grew lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, dates, olives, and grapes... and who knows what else for their daily sustenance.
One of the billions and billions of yellow mariposas migrating south through the Loreto area this past week.
 
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