Can you say Zaashila

 

I know that I usually talk about winter sports and winter activities as well as hiking and all kinds of outdoor experiences. But this post I thought I would use to let you in on a little secret that most people are not aware of.

If you have ever thought about vacationing to Mexico there are a couple of places that I would highly recommend.

The primary and for most of these recommendations would have to be a Oaxaca  is a region in Mexico that is actually the poorest region that they have. My favorite resort in that region is a hotel called Camino Real Zaashila.

It is absolutely fascinating and amazing. With huge Mediterranean architecture most rooms actually boast their own private pool.

If you’ve ever thought about a pool vacation, then I would have to say this is it. The main pools offer beach entries and bar service throughout.

When you get tired of being around other people and want to retire to your room, I have great news. Many of the rooms have their own private pools too.

Now, the pools are huge. There may be 16 ft.². But, it’s a great place to chill.

Many of the hedges offer a bit of privacy as well.

I usually recommend going through Expedia to see if there’s any package deals for that particular hotel. Check on your flights in transportation and you can save even more.

I would dare to say that this particular hotel is probably as close as you can get to going to Bora-Bora without ever leaving the Western Hemisphere.

I believe that JetBlue has a flight directly into Mexico City and from there you can get a connecting flight to Hawaii. The airport is an much to look at, but being that it’s such a small secluded region it won’t matter.

 

Snowboarding in Winter Park, Colorado

 


If you love snowboarding, and you might want to take a look at Winter Park, Colorado. A few years back a Group of friends and I decided to go out to Winter Park Colorado. We had a pretty cool time. We were part of a men’s retreat, and then we decided to have some adventures afterwards.

Some of the highlights were stopping in Hot Springs to enjoy the cold and hot temperatures. One of the things that I learned however was that you shouldn’t spend too much time in the cold water. A buddy and I had a polar bear contest. I want, but I paid for it later. So here’s the deal. We decided that we would have a contest to see who could stay in the cold, icy water the longest.

What I realized pretty quickly was that after 30 seconds or so, your body pretty much goes numb. If you can make it past the tingling and needles, you could pretty much staying there forever.

Indeed I one in my friend got out before I did. About five minutes after our contest, I began to shake profusely.


Yep, you guessed it hypothermia. I ended up putting on every bit of clothing that I had in my luggage. Nothing seemed to warm me up fast enough.

It was horrible. Fast forward to running some snowmobiles and charging through the forest to 60 mph. That was definitely a highlight. We rounded out the trip with some snowboarding, but I learned the hard way that you need to take lessons first. My buddies encourage me since I had a background in water sports to go ahead and try to ride the greens and blues with them.

Without taking a single lesson, I charged the mountains in Winter Park Colorado. This led to a subacromial separation. And me laying face down while a 10-year-old asked me if I needed help.  I will never forget the sound of his snowboard coming to a stop behind my head. The swish/scrape of the ice was fully intact when he stopped close to my head, which was laying face down in the snow.

It was humiliating and painful. But, I have a story to tell my kids. Outdoor sports and snow is a great way to have fun. You just got to know what you’re doing. Take it from me learn what you don’t know before you go.  Man, I should have taken a lesson. Can’t believe I didn’t and I want to kick myself now for not having the wisdom to be clear on what I could do and what I couldn’t.