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…


The Art of Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon…

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.

“They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!”

I was excited, too.

I clambered into the bright red sled basket and bundled myself under the layers of blankets while Jerry and handler Dave leashed ten Alaskan Huskies to the sled.  The frenetic energy of the dogs, hopping and hollering, was palpable.

Suddenly, Jerry took up position at the back of the sled, released the brake, and yelled, “Hey!” Instantaneously, the dogs shot forward, dashing down the hill at what felt like breakneck speed.  The snow the dogs kicked up whipped across my face and into my mouth, which was opened and squealing with delight…


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

The 7 Best National Parks in the United States…

Almost 280 million people visit National Parks in the U.S. each year.

And it’s no surprise.

The U.S. is home to a whopping 59 National Parks across 27 states.

But of those 59, just seven rise above the rest for their stunning scenery and unique natural elements.

Find out which national park made the cut and why…


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…