Monthly Archives: October 2013

Trip of the day – Travel to Russia


Siberian Hotels

Only in Russia

Travel to Russia is definitely high on my list of places to go. I recently ran across the blog 56th parallel, and have to say that they do a very fine job of marketing Siberia and Russia as a travel location. I was practically ready to pack my bags after looking at their blog. They seriously have some fun looking activities like racing horse drawn sleds in the winter, their famous Russian saunas, Siberian ice swimming.. okay maybe not so much on that last option.

56th Parallel does paint a great picture of travel to Russia though. They also provide a lot of great information. For instance after reading about Lake Baikal, I found out that apparently there are over 80,000 Baikal Seals their and it’s baffling to scientists because it’s a freshwater lake that’s completely landlocked. You can thank me later for that bit of trivia info. Anyways if you’re interested in killing some time be sure to check out the blog, and if you end of going to Siberia, let me know if it’s as good as they make it look.


Sony Cyber-Shot

Sony Cyber- Shot, When it comes to traveling with a camera, especially internationally, the main goal is quality pictures with minimum weight.

Personally I recently made the mistake of only taking a camera phone with me on a hike with an extremely gorgeous girl to Hanging Lake over this past summer. It wasn’t an international trip, but it was extra fun and after looking back at the pictures I was extremely disappointed because up close they were fine, but add just a little distance to the mix, and the camera couldn’t do that pretty Nepalese girl justice. That’s when I started kicking myself because I had recently bought the RX100, and it seems to be the perfect mix of quality versus compactness, I mean I can throw it in my back pocket and almost forget it’s there. Anyways next time I’ll hopefully remember it, or maybe if I’m luck by next time I’ll have upgraded to the RX1R 🙂

P.S. here’s a link some other great cameras for travel


Best Travel Credit Card

Want to know the best way to rack up points for your next trip? I previously had the Capital One Venture card, and my friend recently received the United Mileage Plus Card, so we’re always comparing the best ways to get maximum points for our next plane ticket. Well that’s what lead me to this site. “How to get 70,000 United Bonus miles” . This site has so much information on how to get maximum airline miles, it’ll make your head spin. So if you’re looking for more information than you’ll know what to do with, and you have sometime to kill make sure to check it out. Or after looking all through it. I came to conclusion for your average person that the Chase Saphire Preferred Card seems to give the most bang for your buck.

Summary on how to get 70,000 miles?

Here’s our strategy for racking up United miles quickly…..

  1. Apply for the  United Mileage Plus Explorer Card (30,000 – 35,000 miles) . You earn 30,000 bonus mies after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months your account is open. You also get 5,000 bonus miles after you add an authorized user to your account and make a purchase with your Card during the first 3 months as a Cardmember. If you spend $25,000 in any one year, you can earn another 10,000 miles.
  2. Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (40,000 points).  The sign on bonus here is 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. This card lets you transfer points 1:1 into your  United MileagePlus account, and earns 2x points on all dining and travel purchases. You can apply right away too, just make sure you’ll be able to get the $3,000 in spending within 3 months to earn the bonus.

Cheap winter gloves 2013/2014

Flylow Ridge leather gloves

Flylow “Oven Mitt” leather mitten

Upslope Glove made with goat leather

Cheap good quality leather winter gloves.

Sounds like a paradox, but with Flylow Gloves/ Mittens, they make it happen, you can get cheap (40.00) leather ski gloves that’ll keep you dry (handbaked with snowseal) and warm (Heatrac insulation) all with out breaking the bank. When it’s time to step-up, and stop being a scrooge, they also have their Upslope glove which is made with tough as nails goatskin and a bit more insulation.

And if you’re like me and never heard about Flylow, now you know. They apparently are right from my own back yard here in Colorado, which probably explains why they are so awesome. Their philosophy is simple, “..for the skiers who spend their days at resorts or in the backcountry and want gear that offers durability, comfort, performance, affordability, and style.” I can’t wait to take a look at more of their products in the near future.




“Some roads aren’t meant to be traveled alone”



After reading through a lot of travel sites and talking to other travelers, I’ve heard a lot about the advantages of traveling solo. You build independence, more freedom and so forth. Personally I’ve had a really good friend that I’ve traveled with most of the time and with out him it’s still fun, but it’s just not the same. I’m sure we all know how that is.

It’s fun traveling with others, but my one friend, is the perfect traveling companion. We both are up at the crack of dawn, ready to check out some new town, or go on some new hike, no grumbling about wanting to sleep in or about not liking the food somewhere. We’re both flexible and love adventure even if it’s a new place, or something we wouldn’t normally do. We always look back and have a good laugh about the crazy times, i.e getting lost and accidentally walking down the back alleys in Barcelona in the not so good part of town (thank God he’s 6’5 Croatian), snorkeling and the time we found an octopus that put up a really good fight and almost took the diving knife out of his hand, or the time I ran our borrowed car off a dirt road into a dumpster.. and many more! Bottom line is, there is definitely something to be said for traveling with a good friend as well.

After thinking of all those good times, it really struck a cord with me after I read this memorial to Blue, the dog of the owner of Saddleback leather. For any travelers, or dog owners out there, make sure to check it out.

Now I want to go out and get a dog

Best leather bag in the world! Saddleback Leather

Saddleback Leather

Saddleback’s Motto = “They’ll Fight over it when you’re dead!” After looking over their site, I’d have to agree. Their bags have some amazing craftsmanship and they’re guaranteed for 100 years. Heck if you just want to spend some time enjoying a good read, browse through the site because the guy has a ton of stories from all his travels.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between their bags, and the competition, just take at this link they’ve provided on leather and the curing process of a quality piece versus jankity leather.

Jay Paul Apodaca



Jay Paul Apodaca

Artist, Husband, Father, Son, Entrepreneur, Lover, Sculptor, Traveler, High-end Audio and motorcycle enthusiast… The Benvenuto Cellini of our time.

If there is one artist that I’d like to have paint me or my family before I die, it’d be this man. He can look at a picture and pull out colors that you can’t even imagine, and make the art come to life.



Best Leather Ski Gloves

Hestra Guide Glove

Hestra Seth Morrison Pro

Best Leather Ski Gloves

Hestra Gloves – Originally started in the town of Hestra in Sweden by Martin Magnusson, back in 1936. This glove company has now grown to the point where they’re making over 2 million pairs of gloves a year.

So if you’re looking for an awesome, no frills pair of leather gloves that’ll last for a long time with the proper care, and you don’t want some namby pamby gloves that’ll fall apart at the first sign of hard work or let the cold in after one ski season, then these are definitely your gloves.

Hestra uses only the best leather in their gloves. Whether it’s goat leather which is known for it’s durability or cow leather sourced directly in Scandinavia, you can count on the quality. I’m not usually one to jump on a bandwagon, but knowing that the Swedish and Norwegian ski teams use some of these gloves as well, definitely shows that if the pros are using these, than they might just be good enough for us laypeople.

Staying fit while traveling

Working out while traveling

— Some great info from Arnold on staying fit while traveling that I found on CNN.

“I walk in and my only rule is to keep moving, for a pump and cardio at the same time. Rest as little as possible. After an hour, you will feel fantastic and your muscles won’t know what hit them.”

“Someone on Reddit asked what it was like for me to train in hotel gyms or other unfamiliar gyms on the road,” Schwarzenegger posted. “The answer is: just like it is for you. There is no waiting to train until you have perfect circumstances. I improvise with whatever is available.

“The point isn’t the machines or the exercises,” he wrote. “The point is that you can create a workout for your goals anywhere. Even if you just use a chair for dips, a table for rows and the floor for pushups.”