Off the Grid and on the Water

Out of the rat race, following my spirit of adventure, kayaking, and writing

Off the Grid

Back in 2012 I had this thought about dropping out, selling everything, and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I had enough financial obligations at the time to make that difficult. Add in the impact on my relationship with my sons, I couldn’t take that leap.

The idea never faded.

In June of 2016, after another relationship ended and needing some time to think and an escape, I answered a Craigslist ad for a room for rent Not ideal for someone in their mid to late 40’s, but it was a chance to live, at least in part, that lifestyle I dreamed about since 2012.

That room was on Salmon Beach. A small, tight-knit community at the base of a cliff over the Tacoma Narrows at the edge of Point Defiance Park. I am still here with no intention of leaving. My home now is a rustic cabin on the north end.

I have officially traded in much of the rat race and drive to line my bank accounts to live and enjoy life. I still run my brand, content, and social media marketing agency while sea kayaking and writing, but I am more of an adventure seeker living a minimalist lifestyle with a penchant for self-sufficiency, and wilderness survival skills.

Robert Nissenbaum off Owen Beach in 2018 on a Wilderness Systems Tempest 170

On the Water: Sea Kayaker and Adventure Seeker

Living on Salmon Beach has afforded me an opportunity to not only live on the water, but to spend more time on it and exploring it. I was kayaking a bit on lakes in Arizona before I moved to Washington, but nothing serious. That changed quickly.

Now I had easy access to the water and I took full advantage of it, first borrowing a sea kayak then purchasing my own. As the passion grew, I upgraded and added boats and gear, spent time taking classes, and getting out more often and in more conditions.

Over the past few years I have shifted further from the rat race to living the life I want. I made a change in my core business, shifting to an agency model to allow myself a more limited day-day role while still providing a base income. I have further pursued my minimalist lifestyle with a greater focus in sustainability and self-sufficiency.

My world is also shifting further with my working toward making sea kayaking and writing front and center,

Kayak Tacoma

This has lead to creating Kayak Tacoma – a fledgling business designed to foster a love for the sport and provide education and resources, and a side gig with Metro Parks keeping me on the water. Aside from my own kayaking adventures, I lead guided paddles through the Tacoma Nature Center and am working on my ACA certifications to lead private groups, ultimately under the Kayak Tacoma brand.


My first passion has always been writing. That love started back in the 8th grade thanks to an amazing teacher. Since freshman year of high school, I have had articles published in local newspapers, have written for school papers, and other publications.

After two decades of writing for brands, my passion for story telling has been rekindled. I have been exploring multiple forms of writing, as well as other mediums. Over time, I plan to publish some of my writing but most will have a permanent home here.

I will continue to do some freelance work, from ghostwriting to content editing. More than an income stream, it’s a way for me to work with others to tell their stories and/or help to improve as writers.