November 17, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

My Understated Aussie Friend   Cultural differences are typically part of the traveler’s adventure. Ask someone down here directions and they will never hesitate to tell you were to go, regardless of whether they know where it is!   I just had a very eye-opening reminder about the humility of the Australian people. Aussies first…

November 5, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

I am happy to report that after 6 months of traveling I have made the pleasant discovery that I am by far not the craziest traveler out here! It is a special breed of person that craves to journey 6 weeks or more at a time on a shoestring budget to brave dirty hostels, smelly…

November 5, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

I just experienced one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons of my life. Near Antigua, Guatemala, El Fuego volcano erupts about every 5 minutes. At least once every hour it has an eruption that blasts lava into the air and spews enough molten rock to cover its entire cone. But during the day the only…

November 4, 2017 Robert Woodie 4 comments

Today in month seven of my trip it finally happened. Assured last night by the hostel staff that the street was safe for parking, I returning to my car this morning in Guatemala City and was met by a group of policemen. They had discovered just before I did that sometime the previous night someone…

September 18, 2017 Robert Woodie 4 comments

I have nearly 40 years of surfing experience and have achieved a respectable competency. But I am never satisfied and as surfing has evolved so have my efforts to improve. Our sport is relatively easy on the body so I constantly work to improve my skills. I stay in shape, study great surfers, and try…

September 11, 2017 Robert Woodie 4 comments

It is late August and 10 months since my Pops died of hypothermia near Bishop Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Select members of our family are about to meet at the South Lake Trailhead to retrace his last hike and visit the spot hikers found his body last month. With me are my daughters…

August 21, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

Last week I snorkeled with a whale shark off Isla Hotbox on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. I went out of my way to catch them in season and had to wait a couple days for the weather to improve after arriving. These creatures are the biggest fish in the ocean and eat plankton like…

July 17, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

If you haven’t heard, thanks to the internet there is an awesome community called Couchsurfing. The concept is for travelers to help other travelers out when they come to their home towns. Help can be as simple as meeting up for a drink or extend to a “couch” to sleep on for the night. No…