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 - Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Capitán Turns 70!
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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. :-)