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
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The snagle-toothed tiger Tosh fetching his fav toy...and Tikka the beauty-queen resting regally.
Beach yoginis at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/angelyogapv/" target="_blank">Angél Yoga PV</a>.
Happy hour on the beach at Barracuda in Puerto Vallarta, celebrating the arrival of our new camshaft with Kathy & Earl. Thanks so much for bringing it down!
Quimixto Waterfalls, photo on right  ~1998, photo on left ©Karla from June 2018, our 25th wedding anniversary.
Heidi LOVES the conch shell shower at Maraikas Beach Club! Thanks for the great pic Bonita!
Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with friends at Maraikas Beach Club: Boni, Rachel, Juan, John, Kirk, and Karla.
Heidi and her pops Verne in ABQ.
Willa saying goodbye to her trusty Honda before donating it to NPR for a new home.
Kirk with his life-long friend Zane (from college architecture-days) enjoying the Museum of Flight
With our gracious Bainbridge Island hosts and sailing friends Rob & Teresa, and Wendy. Photo thanks to Pam at ©PamsIsland.com.
Frosty, Teresa, Nita, and Mike at our Bainbridge Island pot-luck dinner hosted by Teresa & Rob. So fun to see the BI sailing crowd!
Great visit with Wendy and Garth. They are building their new sailboat in their back yard on Bainbridge Island. Wendy Hinman has written two fun books on their sailing adventures, check them out: <a href="https://amzn.to/2o9uqSW" target="_blank"><em>Tightwads on the Loose</em></a>, and <a href="https://amzn.to/2oczt5f" target="_blank"> <em>Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire</em></a>. BIG THANKS Wendy & Garth for driving Teresa
SMOKEY view from Whidbey Island across to Hat Island and you can
"Uncle Kirk" visiting with new parents Braden & Molly on Whidbey Island, with smokey skies behind.
Grandma Sara, Braden and "The Twins": Fox & Flora.
Sara G and Kirk at the Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island.
Sara, Kirk and Heidi sat and meditated at this lovely shrines at the Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island. We celebrated our dear husband, brother, and friend Robert-Bob. Can
Kirk in heaven at the Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island, with his favorite wetland plant <em>Lysichiton americanus</em>, otherwise known as skunk cabbage. Even though Kirk hasn
Stunning wetland view at the <a href="https://www.earthsanctuary.org/" target="_blank">Earth Sanctuary</a>, Whidbey Island.
John and Carol welcomed us to our home-away-from-home. Their beautiful new house was such a cozy respite from the daily grind at the storage unit. Thanks so much for the lovely hospitality. We love you more!
The gorgeous view from Carol & John
Low-tide view from Carol & John
Happy Hour on the beach with our BESTIES and fellow sailors, Carol, Devon, Jim, and John near Port Townsend... is quite a bit cooler than beach happy hour in PV but more  FUN because we
Our other home-away-from-home at Devon & Jim
Gorgeous front entry to Devon & Jim
Jim and Frosty tending the Schwenker!
Kirk and Sandy tending the Schwenker!
The "Newsboys" John, Kirk, and Jim, having a ball hanging out... there
Look LEFT: Great fun with longtime Port Townsend buddies Angela & Everett.
Sorting through and downsizing all of our stuff in storage took almost a week!
YAY!! We downsized by 50%! Big thanks to Carol & John for helping us take stuff to Habitat for Humanity, and Good Will, to Maren and Don for taking some items off our hands, and to Kelsi, Jesse, Braden, Molly, and Sara for "babysitting" the vinyl album collection...enjoy the music!
Wahoo! Our storage unit has been downsized by 50%... Less IS more, and it feels GREAT!
So fun to hear Blues Man Frosty playing in the band at the Bob Perry Rendezvous.
Hanging out with sailing BFFs Patti, Frosty, Chris, and Eric at the Bob Perry Rendezvous in Port Ludlow. Total coincidence that we happened to be in the area that weekend. We left from there with Due West three years ago.
Smokey Seattle skyline from the ferry. And what
A first for Kirk since high school: A Dick
Kirk got in a Thursday night race on our old favorite Downtown Sailing Series with Mike, one of our friends who sailed south with us three years ago. This was a HUGE milestone for Kirk, as it was his FIRST time sailing since his stroke, and WAHOO, he had zero balance issues!! Sadly Heidi had to miss out due to a Neal
Last night in Seattle, dinner (with a dusting of snow-like ash from the fires!) in Columbia City with old friends and cousins. Clockwise from bottom left: Mike, Kat, Kirk, Laren, Laura, Laura
Design-on-5: These crazy kids all worked together back in the day at Aldus (30-years ago!?) and have remained BFFs ever since! Mike, Kat, Heidi, Laren, and Laura.