December 25, 2017 Robert Woodie 4 comments

  It’s been nearly two months since my car was broken into in Guatemala City. Yesterday here in Costa Rica I was finally able to replace a set of fins made by Channel Islands Surfboards in Santa Barbara. They work magically in my aged board and make my surfing feel a little closer to my…

November 26, 2017 Robert Woodie 6 comments

I make no apologies about the fact that I am a relationship guy. I played a good game in college and into my early 20’s but since then I have been on the lookout for love. I was married for 25 years and when that ended wasn’t sure of what to expect of myself. I…

November 17, 2017 Robert Woodie 4 comments

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 2 comments

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

Of all the waves I will surf on my overland trip to the tip of South America none makes me more nervous than Puerto Escondido. The wave is number 40 on Surfer Magazine’s 2010 edition of the top 100 surf spots in the world. It also features it on the cover with the promise that…

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…