Feliz Año 2022

Happy New Year from Barra de Navidad! Our recent post Feliz Navidad de Barra de Navidad brought you up to speed on the pre-Christmas festivities in this town named Christmas. But we must have been really good last year cuz Santa brought us a treat! Christmas morning, rather than snow, we woke up to this……

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Panama Posse & Adventure Scientists

For the last several years we have joined the Panama Posse Rally. The Panama Posse is a cruising rally for sailors traveling the waters of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Even though we have yet to leave Mexico, by being members of the Panama Posse each year, we get significant discounts on moorage and…

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Feliz Navidad de Barra de Navidad

Since before we left Seattle we had always planned to spend Christmas in Barra de Navidad, translated: “ Christmas Bar” (bar meaning a river delta sandbar not a watering hole!) We had heard wonderful things about Barra and their Christmas decorations and celebrations from cruising friends for many years. And Christmas is Kirk’s favorite holiday.…

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RIP Dad—The World Lost A Great River Man…

Verne Huser sailing on Due West

The world lost a great river man when Heidi’s Dad, Verne Carl Huser, left this planet on the night of the Beaver Full Moon, Nov. 18, 2021. Verne passed away peacefully in the presence of family in Salt Lake City, Utah, a few months shy of his 91st birthday. He was a longtime river runner,…

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PVR to SLC and Adios to Albuquerque

©stephanie-klepacki-unsplash, Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque

If you’ve ever been to Albuquerque (ABQ), New Mexico, you know it’s one of those places that’s hard to get to from anywhere… especially from Mexico! Heidi’s dad Verne and his wife Willa had lived on a ranchette along the Bosque of the Rio Grande (above photo). But Verne had to move into assisted living…

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A Day in the Life of a Hurricane Named Nora

As much as we love tropical Mexico, you’re always taking your chances living in the tropics during hurricane season— which used to run June through October. But due to evolving climate change affecting seawater temperatures and weather patterns, it now extends from May through November, more than half the year. Yikes! Historically, Pacific Coast Mexico has…

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Visiting Villa Purificación

Villa-Purificacion

As this crazy year, 2020, comes to a close, we hope you’re staying WELL and still finding ways to have FUN and enjoy LIFE while socially distancing. We are grateful for Zoom and our Internet connection to be able to keep in touch with family and friends. And we’re grateful for being able to socially-isolate…

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The Daily Grind… Barra

La Ventana Coffee, Puerto Vallarta

We often get asked, “What exactly do you DO all day in paradise?” Well, if you’re thinking hammocks and rum drinks by the pool all day long, it’s NOT that. Our days probably look a lot like yours… maybe minus the palm trees? Sunrise over Marina Isla de Navidad starts the day. After the VHF…

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Trying to Reason with the COVID Hurricane Season

©KarenKey - photo of Kirk & Heidi at the Friends of Isla de Navidad Fundraiser

Wow, this crazy 2020 year just keeps on getting crazier. With another month to go in the official “hurricane season” (ending Nov. 30), we are HOPEFUL that we don’t get more storms this year. But we’re staying humble cuz we don’t want to jinx it. Hurricane Genevieve passed near by in August (along with three…

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96° In The Shade… Real Hot!

96° in the Shade - Heidi Hammock Time

What a long, strange summer it’s been…and it’s only mid-July! How are you dealing with the COVID-craziness, protests, rallies, and summer heatwaves? We hope you are staying WELL. We are still “Sheltering in Paraiso“, hunkered down in Barra de Navidad, about 150 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We arrived here in late February, thinking…

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Sheltering In Place in Paraíso

Heidi & Kirk at Secret Beach, Jalisco

Crazy times we’re living in. How are things where you are? Things are changing by the day or by the hour in Mexico. The government is finally getting serious about this pandemic. The country is basically on “shelter-in-place” orders now, just in time to STOP the revelers of Semana Santa (Easter Week) from a mass ascension…

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Provisioning for a Pandemic

provisioning for a pandemic, Hawaii Super in Melaque, Mexico

We are certainly living in interesting times… Hoping you and your loved ones are safe and well amidst all the COVID-19 craziness going on around the globe. As we write this, we have dear friends who’ve been trying to get back to the US from Italy for over a week, another friend trying to get…

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Barra de Navidad: Wahoo, We Finally Made It!

Heidi & Kirk with drinking coconuts, Tenicatita

Wahoo, we have finally arrived in Barra de Navidad, the elusive town we’ve been trying to visit for the past four years! Barra de Navidad is only a three- to four-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta, but it takes two- to three-days to sail here. When we left Seattle our original plan was to spend…

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Welcome to Our NEW Blog!

Heidi gettin' Hygge

Since we’ve been getting Due West spit-and-polished, we thought we might as well give her a new blog too! While we’ve really appreciated all that Sailblogs has had to offer over the years, it has been very cumbersome to use. So Heidi is hoping by having a new WordPress blog, it will cut her blogging…

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Ho Ho Ho!

Ho Ho Ho from s/v Due West

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of our family, friends, and readers near and far. We had hoped to slip our lines last week and sail a few days south to Barra de Navidad by Christmas. Since the town is named “Christmas” we’ve heard it’s a fun place to be. But apparently, Neptune has…

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Nose to the Grindstone

Kirk, nose to the grindstone on another project that just cropped up when we least expected it... rebuilding the engine fuel lift pump. It's always something... it's a boat!

Happy December! We moved back aboard Due West on Thanksgiving day, and are grateful to be back home from our condo-sitting gig during hurricane season. Tosh and Tikka were super happy to be home as well, and got right back into the swing of boat life faster than we did! Although Kirk spent all of hurricane season…

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It’s a Family Affair!

Teresa, Arne & Kirk

One of the best things about being in Puerto Vallarta is it’s international airport, with easy flights to and from the US, so lots of friends and family have been able to visit us. And honestly friends and family are really the only things we miss about the US… Well, maybe Trader Joe’s too! Luckily…

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Boats, Planes, and Electric Cars: A Visit to the US

If you read our last blog post you’ll know we got some bad news about our 27-year-old oil-leaking diesel, Michael P. Engine. (Yes, that’s Kirk with all that hair, 27-years ago when we first installed the engine!) So we were hoping the engine fairy would help us out… Well, we’re here to tell you that…

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Interloping Iguanas & The Banderas Bay Sand Trap

Freda at the Pride Parade, PV 2019

Happy Summer! We continue to re-live our amazing Cuban adventures, and feel so lucky to have visited just before the US once again slammed the door hard on Cuba, claiming that they are instigating unrest in Venezuela and Nicaragua. But if you have visited this small Caribbean nation, you’d know that’s not very likely. If…

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Cuban Time Travel, Part 4: Valle de Viñales

Valle Viñales, Cuba

After our tour of Cienfuegos and Trinidad (see Cuba-Conga! Part 3: Cienfuegos & Trinidad), the next morning we were up early and ready for our road-trip to Viñales (“Ben-YA’ll-aze) with Bel and Gustavo. We had first learned about Viñales reading a Cruising World article on Sailing Cuba last year. Since then Viñales moved to the top of…

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