Archive | February, 2013

Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

25 Feb

First things first, Mexico is not my favorite place for vacationing for one major icky reason: Montezuma’s Revenge. You can read more about THAT from my post about my honeymoon in Cancun. Anyway, when traveling to Mexico, it’s important not to be too cavalier about where you eat. Here are some guidelines I recommend following:

  • Skip the street food.
  • Stay at a decent resort and only eat at the resort.
  • Pack your own snacks.
  • Pack your own bottled water.
  • Don’t drink soda from a bottle; drink it from a can. Also, wipe off any can you will be opening with a Clorox wipe before partaking of your cool beverage.
  • If you want to go on a vacation and eat good food, then go to Italy, not Mexico. Mexico is about Pray and Love, but not Eat. MmmKay?  Mmmkay!

While this may seem extreme, I promise you will be thanking me when you are not spending every waking moment with the toilet moaning “why me, why-oh-why?” between barfs and poops. You’re welcome.

That being said, let’s get onto the good stuff.  Cozumel, Mexico has some of the best diving ever. If you’re even thinking about getting into scuba diving, you MUST visit Cozumel. If you’re worried about getting sick (can you tell my experience with getting sick in Mexico affected me just a tiny bit?!?!), then consider taking a cruise that stops off in Mexico and spending your day in Cozumel under the sea with a professional dive master. If you’re not too concerned, then seek out a decent resort and a hook up from one of the dive shops around, and dive your guts out.

Some of my friends and I got a great deal on a decent resort in Cozumel, and a great diving deal with Papa Hogs in Cozumel. We pretty much spent the entire time diving awesome ship wrecks, reefs, and some of us experienced our first ever night dives!

Scuba Diving in Mexico

Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

If you’re new to diving, you must go on a night dive. Make sure you have a great flashlight, so you can see the night sea creatures. Prepare yourself for some wild lobster, crab, and octopodes. It’s awesome to see what sea creatures come out during the night.

scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Getting ready for our first dive in Cozumel, Mexico

Not only is Mexico beautiful under the water, but there are some awesome things above the water. Julie and I rented scooters and visited different beaches around the island and even found a fun festival with live music, a cool market, and Mexican food (again, don’t eat it). While we were exploring the island, the rest of our group took a day trip across the island to Tulum and Chichen Itza. If you’re into amazing beaches and wonders of the world, this is a great option. If you’re not into that, you’re weird, and probably hate fun, or hate getting up early…one of the two.

Enjoy your trip to Mexico! Don’t get the runs!

Sundance Film Festival Warning!

22 Feb

In honor of the Sundance Film Festival (and yes, I know I’m a bit late on this topic this year), I thought I would share a personal story with you…you know, to help you prepare better for when you come to the Sundance Film Festival (a very good idea, if you like fun). Holy long sentence. Whatever. Moving on.

Okay, there’s something you should know about Utah in January before getting hyped up about traveling here. It snows here. A lot. And it’s cold. Not only does it snow here, but the air quality gets super-duper gross in January. And, I mean gross as in go ahead and order one of those intense air masks with a filtration system from China to help you breathe. As a result of the January weather monster we refer to as “inversion” (I refer to it as “joy killer”), it’s extremely foggy in January. Legend of Sleepy Hollow foggy. Driving through milk foggy.

Foggy.

One year, my BFF and I decided to see a film (FYI: you have to call it a “film,” instead of a “movie” at the Sundance Film Festival, or people won’t think you’re hip). After the film, we hit up a party and rocked out till about 1:00 am. That’s when we decided to brave JOY KILLER and head home to Provo.

There are two ways to get to Provo from Park City–you can either head through Salt Lake City, or head through Heber. The roads through Heber and the canyon are a bit scary, so SLC is probably a safer idea in January, but it takes less time to go through Heber. Anyway, we decided to go the Heber way, because we were super tired, and a few hours later, we ended up in…

….

…not Provo. In fact, not even Utah. We landed our sorry butts in WYOMING!

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Welcome to Utah! Photographic proof of said event.

Because the fog monster was so thick we managed to completely miss the turn that takes you to Provo and ended up in another state. While Wyoming has its own charms, it was 4:00 in the morning, and we had already had our fun.

Anyway, moral of the story is this. If you’re coming to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, which you should, plan on snow, cold weather, and fog. Don’t be a dummy and use a GPS if  needs be. Also, pack a few Red Bulls in your car, in case you end up in the same situation.

Visit the Homestead in Midway, Utah

20 Feb
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Homestead in Midway, Utah

Utah is full of surprises. One of Utah’s great surprises is a little city in the middle of the mountains called Midway. You’ll know you’ve run into Midway when you start feeling like you’ve stumbled upon an area that looks more like Switzerland than any place in the United States. Midway is quaint, beautiful, and there are a lot of fun adventures to be had here in this small town.

Last week, it being Valentine’s Day and all, my husband stole me away to a nice getaway at the Homestead in Midway. The Homestead is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun, romantic, and moderately priced staycation in Utah. Besides enjoying the gorgeous town of Midway, here are some fun things you can do at the Homestead.

Swim – Of course, they have the regular indoor pool and hot tub, but the fun doesn’t stop there. They also offer snorkeling and scuba diving in…get this…a natural cave, similar to a Mexican cenote. The water is warm, the dive is fun, and it’s a great way to enjoy a bit of scuba diving in the middle of nowhere.

Hiking/Snowshoeing – There are a lot of amazing places to hike, or snowshoe, depending on the season. You can either find an empty trail yourself, or ask the front desk what trail they recommend.

Other Activities – There are a few ski resorts that aren’t too far away, if you’re planning to make a weekend out of staying at the Homestead. If not, check out some of the cool ice sculptures around the area. If you’re visiting during the summer, consider golfing, or visiting the spa. Oh yeah.

The Homestead is the perfect little place for a fun getaway in Utah.