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Travel to Couch Potato Locations

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

If you’ve seen the new Hiking for the Couch Potato website – – you’ve seen some images at the top of the page.

I promised to identify the images at the top of our new website.

Image number 1 is:  ta – dah  – drum roll -

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

A monolith that juts 235 feet high above the long stretch of beach in Cannon Beach, Oregon, Haystack Rock seems to follow you in any direction wherever you are on the beach.  Birds and other creatures – especially humans – find it almost magnetic, but it is a protected site.  See our longer blog for more information –

Return next week and we’ll identify our #2 image.

We hope you’ll visit our Hiking for the Couch Potato website – and maybe even consider buying a book!  Especially for those of you who know someone who really needs to get off the couch and get some activity in their life.

Have a great week, everyone!

Travel to San Felipe, Mexico

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

San Felipe has become quite the hang-out for American and Canadian ex-patriots – or just, sometimes, visitors.  Although Rocky Point has a following, the name says a lot.  Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) has rocky beaches, but a lively repeat crowd. (more…)

South of the Border – Travel to Mexico

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Grab your passport!  We’re heading south to Mexico and the – sometimes – sleepy village of San Felipe. (more…)

Friday Favorite: Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach, Oregon & RECIPE

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Wander into the funky, eccentric, artfully scattered and humorous décor of Cranky Sue’s in Cannon Beach and you’ll find some chuckles and great food.

Why is Sue cranky? After all, she has a successful restaurant in its third year and is going national with her clam chowder, Caesar dressing and crab cakes. (more…)

Travel to Ecola State Park, Oregon

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Let’s face it, the name sounds like a disease. But, about two hundred years ago, Captain William Clark and his party came to the area now called Ecola State Park to salvage some whale oil and blubber they needed for survival. They also boiled seawater until they could gather enough to preserve food to make it back to the East Coast.

Inspiring scenery - the Pacific Coast with Haystack Rock is in the distance

Inspiring scenery - the Pacific Coast with Haystack Rock is in the distance


Travel By the Sea, By the Sea – By Beautiful Seaside, Oregon

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

If Cannon Beach is like Scottsdale without water, then Seaside, Oregon is like an upscale Coney Island with all of its family amusements.

Lewis and Clark statue at Prom turnaround

Lewis and Clark statue at "Prom" turnaround


Travel to Oregon’s Coast – Cannon Beach

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Think of Scottsdale on the ocean, less heat and no malls — You’ve got Cannon Beach on Oregon’s Pacific Coast.

An upscale beach community, Cannon Beach was the second resort town on Oregon’s coast. (Seaside was the first.) Art galleries, boutique shops, unique toy stores, candy makers and specialty restaurants abound.

Shops on Hemlock Street

Shops on Hemlock Street


Travel to a Natural Wonder – Haystack Rock, Oregon

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Continuing our travels in Oregon this week…

Jutting out of the Pacific Ocean on the beach at Cannon Beach, Oregon is the monolith called Haystack Rock. Like a magnet, it attracts birds, humans and the sea creatures that use it for shelter.

Haystack Rock and humans

Haystack Rock and humans


Seeing the Light – House – Travel to Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Just a few miles up the coastal road from the Sea Lion Caves (see yesterday’s blog) is Heceta Head Lighthouse. It is one of nine lighthouses on Oregon’s coast that were built to warn fishermen and other mariners of the dangerous shallows ahead.

Heceta Head Lighthouse - one of the most photographed locations in the world

Heceta Head Lighthouse - one of the most photographed locations in the world


Seeing Sea Lions – Travel to Oregon Coast

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

We traveled to the Sea Lion Caves, world renowned, and located 11 miles north of Florence on the coast of Oregon.  The caves are fascinating – the largest in the world, at 125 feet.

Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves

Although we couldn’t wait to visit the sea lions, no one told them.  They had decided to spend the day sunning themselves on a rock further up the coast.   (more…)