September 18, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

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 No comments exist

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…

July 1, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

Recently my girlfriend Amy from home visited for a long weekend in Puerto Vallarta and we had a good time exploring the old town and enjoying some classic Mexican beach fun. Almost anything goes in Mexico and the latest innovation to hit down here is the flyboard. It is a contraption that is like having…

June 21, 2017 Robert Woodie 8 comments

I have written about the loneliness that comes with traveling alone. While it is something I am still learning to live with it also helps give perspective to my long-term friendships back home. On my journey, I have come across three volleyball courts in the oddest of places. This has kept fresh in my mind…

June 13, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

When I am through, I will have spent almost two weeks in Copper Canyons National Park, Mexico. This is nearly a third of my trip so far. And to think after my quick visit a year and a half ago I was initially on the fence about backtracking a couple hundred miles to give it…

June 13, 2017 Robert Woodie No comments exist

  It was the night before I was to zip line in Copper Canyons National Park here in Chihuahua Mexico. I was on day six in the park after spending several hot nights in the bottom of Urique Canyon and was enjoying the tranquility and coolness of the spot I had decided to call home…