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How to Hike the John Muir Trail Without Falling Down…

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a 211-mile backcountry trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

The trail boasts some of the world’s best scenery and runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney and barely touches civilization… no roads, no towns, just pure unadulterated nature.  The John Muir Trail crosses Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks and countless other wilderness areas giving it distinctly unique terrains at various points along the trail.

And I should know…

In 2013, a few friends and I celebrated my husband, Brock’s, 30th birthday by hiking the John Muir Trail and what a celebration it turned out to be.

Don’t miss my insider secrets in this tell-all interview…


Mary’s No-Nonsense Guide of Things to do on Oahu…

Pop quiz:

What Hawaiian Island is known as “The Gathering Place“, is the third largest Hawaiian Island, and is home to the Honolulu International Airport?

  • A. Kaui
  • B. Hawaii (aka The Big Island)
  • C. Oahu
  • D. Maui

Answer: Oahu.

That’s right.

With well-known features such as Waikīkī, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Kāneʻohe Bay, Kailua Bay, and North Shore, there are tons of things to do on Oahu.

And Mary Hickcox should know.

Mary spent six months on Oahu, knows the island as both a tourist and local, and shares her insider secrets on things to do on Oahu…


How to Conquer San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock…

“Hiking is NOT one of my superpowers,” I said to my three companions.

But it was too late to turn back; we were more than halfway there.

A week before, I had seen a photo taken at San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock – a sliver of stone hovering 2,800 feet over the ridge near the summit of Mt. Woodson, and I knew I had to get there.

Sure, when I was in my early 20’s, I easily clambered up New Hampshire’s 6,148 foot Mt. Washington. Three different times. But that was decades ago.

Comparatively, Mt. Woodson is only 2,800 feet in elevation. I did some quick math… Mt. Washington is 2.2 times higher than Mt. Woodson, and I’m approximately 2.2+/- times older than I was the last time I climbed it. Good to go!  Continue

5 Must-Do Activities in Laguna Beach, California…

Recently popularized by the hit MTV show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, this coastal town is the epitome of California.

With stunning coastal views, an affluent and artistic community and beautiful people, it’s no wonder several million tourists flock to the area each summer.

Laguna Beach offers endless sunshine (nearly every day a year) and countless outdoor activities including hiking, snorkeling and beach lounging…


Seven Tips for Women Trekking Burma

Love traveling to unexplored places?

Then, Burma (or as the government calls it Myanmar) should be on your bucket list.

Picture it:

Thousands of temples cover the plains of Bagan, leg-rowing fisherman sit patiently on the still water of Inle Lake and rolling rice paddies and small villages wait to be explored.

And there’s no better way to experience the beautiful countryside, meet locals, and live the Burmese lifestyle than trekking Burma.

Along with several self-guided treks in Burma, I’ve hiked a guided three-day trek from the tiny town of Kalaw to the beautiful still water of Inle Lake.

After walking over 37 miles (60 km) through rice paddies, into thatched hut villages, and up and down Burmese mountains, here’s my list of seven tips for women trekking Burma…