My Second Post at The Inertia

By bobcooney | Dec 5, 2015

I received a lot of comments from my, many tied to the headline This Guy Turned 51, Quit His $250k Job, and Hit the Road in His 1977 VW Westfalia,  While the vast majority of people were inspired and encouraging, there were many comments along the lines of If I was rich I could quit my job and travel or variations of Successful douchebag rubs it on our faces. Don Miguel Ruizs book The Four…

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Stoked to Now Be Writing for The Inertia

By bobcooney | Dec 3, 2015

I am super stoked to announce that I will be contributing to The Inertia website. The Inertia is the new voice of the ocean, mountain, and outdoors – featuring news, opinions, photography, videos and art from the community’s most talented individuals. Founded in 2010, The Inertia reaches 1.5 million+ readers monthly and aims to make sustainable impacts on the world via partnerships with charitable organizations. My first post is This Guy Turned 51, Quit His $250k Job, and…

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Friday Harbor, Crabs and A Shrimp Days 26 and 27

By bobcooney | Nov 14, 2015

Sunday started with breakfast burritos and plans to catch crab.  We plotted our trip on the map.  One of the cool things about the PNW, and the reason its a boating paradise despite the sketchy weather, is there are so many destinations.  So many islands, so little time. First I had to acquire a 1-day license at the local sporting goods outfitter.  A quick stop for some provisions: turkey panini, some fruit, beer, ice and…

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The Thin Line Between Life and Death and Following Your Dreams

By bobcooney | Nov 11, 2015

I just checked my Facebook page and they had one of those Memories listed with a photo of me and my friend Jason Dennis from 5 years ago.  I was attending a digital media conference in New York at the Javitz Center.  I don’t remember specifically why I was there, I might have been speaking, or maybe it was just an excuse to go back to the homeland (I was born in NYC and spent…

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The Old Photographer, Hot Springs, Toast and Jam, Day 24

By bobcooney | Sep 15, 2015

Awoke to drizzle and fog after a restless night. Stiff. Old bones aren’t meant to sleep on the ground, even if the ground is sand and a camp pad.  Went for walk on beach to loosen up.  The rock was totally exposed so explored the sea cave.  Lots of crawly things, and a couple of big sea stars.  Did a few yoga poses and contemplated the surf.  The tide was even lower than yesterday and…

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Washington State, Olympic Peninsula, La Push, Beach Camping Day 23

By bobcooney | Sep 14, 2015

I awoke on Day 23 to the sound of trucks braking as they made the run down the highway by the rest stop.  It took me a while to remember where I was.  The rest stop had been pretty loud until midnight, but once it settled down I went into a deep sleep.  It was almost 8 AM.  Hard to believe I was able to sleep this late just a few feet from a highway.…

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Props, Jets and Missiles in Oregon Day 21

By bobcooney | Aug 21, 2015

I awoke about 90 minutes before the museum opened, and decided to drive about 10 minutes to find a Starbucks.  I didn’t know if I could make it waiting until the place opened to find a bathroom.  Wound up spending almost 2 hours catching up online and posting to this blog.  I’m increasingly surprised at how hard it has been to keep up. The museum was definitely worth the price of admissions.  I took a…

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Waterfall, Really Good Beer and the Goonies House Day 22

By bobcooney | Aug 21, 2015

Woke up, ate some fruit.  The Dutch couple were getting ready for a beach hike.  I wished them well on their travel south.  The mechanic was cooking up some eggs and bacon.  Smelled good.  I gotta get those eggs today. There was another old RV parked last night to my left, but I never saw the inhabitants.  She was walking a couple of huge old basset hounds this morning.  He was packing up the awning.…

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In and Around Portland Day 19

By bobcooney | Aug 19, 2015

I arrived last night around 8:30 PM after pushing hard to get to Portland.  I arrived just before dusk, and the city sparkled, as if it was expecting me.  Steve and I stayed up into the early morning.  We chatted about the business, my trip, his reinvention of himself into an attorney, family and people we knew.  It was good to spend time with an old friend. The morning saw Steve, his wife Abby and…

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Portland to the Willamette Valley Day 20

By bobcooney | Aug 19, 2015

Day 20, Monday had me off to the Apple Store to try to get a replacement for my iPhone, which had not gotten a cell phone signal since I entered the Lost Coast almost a week ago.  I had an appointment at 11:00.  They saw me promptly, and after a lecture from a twenty-something year old kid about how to manage my battery life, he gave me a new phone.  I then sat there for…

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