Speaking at Sibley’s – Hiking for the Couch Potato

Come by Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler Friday night – March 14 – for a book-signing from 6 to 8 pm. Four Arizona authors will be speaking and signing books at Sibley’s West – the shop at 72 S. San Marcos Place that features Arizona-made gifts, including my Hiking for the Couch Potato books – with the theme Read More …

Overcoming hiking fears

Yesterday at my book signing (Great event – met a lot of interesting people!), I met a man who said he was really afraid of hiking.  He kept hearing about people having to be rescued. Overcoming hiking fears can be an easy thing if you use the following suggestions: 1) If you are new to Read More …

Book signing for Couch Potato

Couch Potato – alias Shelley Gillespie is pleased to announce that she will be hosted for a book signing for both Couch Potato books at the new Book Warehouse at the north end of the new Phoenix Premium Outlet in Chandler, Arizona.  Come by between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The Read More …

Monarch butterflies visiting Arizona for the season

Monarch butterflies, a truly regal-looking butterfly with gold, orange-yellow, white and black coloring, is now on view in nature – and places like the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Some of the monarchs are migratory and might live for months while they migrate.  Others only live about a month.  Some are in residence at Read More …

Recovering from Hiking Injuries

Recovering from hiking injuries took me months.  How did I, the “Original” Couch Potato, get a hiking injury? Just like everyone else, I tend to overdo things if I am enjoying what I’m doing.  As a result, I wound up with plantar fasciitis, a very painful injury that results from tiny tears in the tendon Read More …

Searching for the falls

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Hiking Adventures, National Forests | No Comments

On a recent visit to Oregon, we decided we just had to go see a waterfall. The one my husband chose as a “Couch Potato Hike” – labeled easy – was Wahclella Falls. When we arrived, we found no parking in the lot nearest to the trailhead. Leaving the lot, we headed up the road, Read More …

Kicking Back after the Hike – A Visit to Beaver Street Brewery

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Hiking Adventures | One Comment

Kicking back after the hike is an essential part of the experience. After you’ve exerted yourself, a Couch Potato will need some sustenance. This is one place we’ve liked – We’d been to Beaver Street Brewery in Flagstaff, Arizona before and trying the restaurant again was like coming back to an old friend. The place Read More …

Hiking Hats: Don’t leave home without them!

What the well-dressed hiker will wear As a Couch Potato hiker, I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone to wear a full-brimmed hat on hiking adventures. The current trend to wear baseball caps is just not enough protection. I can attest to that, as my husband has become a red-necked hiker far Read More …

Grand getting there – to the Grand Canyon

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Hiking Adventures, National Parks | One Comment

If seeing the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, a great way to get there is by hopping the Grand Canyon Railway, which leaves from Williams, Arizona. Taking the train for the two-and-a-half hour ride to the Grand Canyon gets you there relaxed and in style. As in bygone days, the Grand Canyon Railway Read More …

New, Exciting Changes to Couch Potato Site!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Healthy Living, Hiking Adventures | No Comments

Although we haven’t been posting much new on the Couch Potato website recently, we’ve have been busily creating some new things. First  - TA-DAH! Our brand new book Hiking for the Couch Potato Kid: Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Other Beasties is now available to tempt kids to get off the couch and go explore the Read More …