On Tuesday I competed in an “iron woman” competition which required swimming across the pool, chugging a beer, running back across the pool with your arms up, blowing up a ballon, and swimming back to the other side. Unopposed by any other females, I ended up beating the “iron man” winner (male competition) based on time too. For my prize, instead of a beach tote or tshirt, I requested a Russo blanco. Shortly after, Tyler and I took a walk on the beach and stumbled upon a puffer fish on shore. We kept trying to get it out into the water, but it just wouldn’t in-puff or swim away. So I decided to pick it up between our 2 emptied drink cups and walk it out far enough where I could chuck it out into the open sea. However, as I started walking out I saw 2 string rays riding in with the wave, immediately turned around, ran and screamed! Around 4pm we were called to our new afternoon ritual, 300 peso massages.
After our hour of relaxation, we cleaned up nicely to celebrate Tyler’s birthday at the gorgeous and rich La Casa que Canta, rated multiple times in both Travel + Leisure and Conde Naste for being in the top 20 best hotel’s in the world. The location was impeccable and the food spectacular! The hotel itself had the most desirable infinity pool and an additional “salt water” pool.
Wednesday we were unable to run due to a burning fire in the mountains and the residual smoke that was encompassing the shore. Down at the beach I made friends with one of the workers who runs the rentals — parasailing, sailing, etc. I had originally told him I thought parasailing was “peligroso” so this day he offered ty and I a free ride on the sail boat. I even got to man the sail briefly! For dinner we traveled back into Zihuat to Paty’s, because if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it– and the shrimp fajitas were definitely a universal favorite!
On Thursday the smoke was still thick, and there was a rainbow as I awoke. For this day, we had our sights set on Ixtapa Island. A taxi/bus ride to Playa Linda and then a small fishing boat ride across, we made it to the island. This island is made up of 5 or so little restaurants that each have their own lounge chairs, massage areas, activities, etc. you basically just pick one and post up all day. Our day went some thing like reading, swimming, drinking “Coco Locos” (aka gasoline, which I quickly replaced for a piña colada), Tattoos, massages. We walked to the back side of the island that was called “coral beach” and it was just filled with bits of coral-looking coral on the beach (go figure :-P). After spending the whole day out we wanted something simple for dinner. So we walked into town to Soleidades, a French restaurant. On our way home we had to stop by Alex’s Sports Bar, a bar built out of the concession stand on the side of a dilapidated stadium. The tradition is to write something on the wall, so I wrote in a big heart “pienso que asheejojo es la mas chica bonita en todo el mundo!!!” lol because I could :-P :-P :-P
Friday was filled with many activities! My goal was to do another activity for free, and my little sailboat buddy ended up coming up and offering for us to ride in the speedboat while he towed someone else parasailing. Then Tyler and I engaged in a whipped cream fight with a bunch of 5 year olds. Our last activity for the day was competing in a “Triathlon” where Tyler sprinted on the beach, I swam out to the buoy line, and señor Douglas kayaked. This night ended some-what anti-climacticly and I got sick from from what I’m guessing was some sketchy pina colada mix and getting a little too lax in terms of germ standards.
Saturday we had a full day of traveling, making our way back to LAX and then SD. And now I’m back to reality, in unbelievably warm temperatures and not-so-warm ocean water. But stay tuned as Jen and Ash take #HOTLANTA this week