The Accessible Cabin That Wasn’t

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My suitcase just squeeked through the narrow bedroom door

People often ask me why I travel around the world just to look at accessible rooms, cabins, campsites and all other assorted types of lodging options. “After all” they usually say, “Everything is accessible today – it’s the law.” And granted we are light years ahead in accessibility as compared to pre-ADA times, but there are still places out there that are sorely lacking in access. And what’s even worse is that they are promoting some of those properties as accessible, or in their words “ADA compliant”. Continue reading

Soaking Up Some Wild West History in Southern Wyoming

Rock Springs Historical Museum

Rock Springs Historical Museum

Sometimes road trips don’t go exactly as planned, but that’s all part of the adventure. Lets’ just say that’s how we ended up in Rock Springs, WY. To be honest, before our visit I gave very little thought to this Southern Wyoming town. but after a “less-than-accurate” weather forecast, Rock Springs became our unexpected home for the night. Continue reading

Birmingham Guidebook Highlights Accessible Walks

FiveStar_Hikes_BirminghamWhen I was researching our visit to De Soto State Park in Northern Alabama, I happened across the guidebook, Five-Star Trails Birmingham. Even though I wasn’t visiting the city proper, the subtitle of the book – Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes – definitely caught my attention. And I was even more pleased after I cracked the cover and discovered that “wheelchair-access” was noted on each and every hike. Granted it didn’t include  the level of access details that I usually  note in my publications, but it’s certainly enough to decide if each walk will or won’t work for you. Continue reading

Beware the Everglades Vultures — Or Not?

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Black Vultures can pose problems for unsuspecting visitors in the Everglades

When I first began to plan this road trip I actually laughed out loud when I read reports about the vultures that were eating the rubber off of cars in the Everglades. I thought that someone was pranking me, even though there was a huge warning about the mischievous birds on the official National Park Service website. So I did what I usually do when I need the most accurate information – I went local. And indeed several of my Florida hiker friends indicated that this was a big problem, and more than a few folks shared their tales of woe with me about having to replace their windshield wiper blades after an Everglades day trip. Continue reading

Florida State Parks Offers Great Deal for Veterans

Charles with his Florida StatePar Pass

Charles with his Florida StatePar Pass

If a trip to Florida is in your future and you are an honorably discharged veteran, then the good folks at Florida State Parks have a money-saving deal for you. All veterans – no matter when they served – get a 25% discount on a Florida State Parks Individual Annual Pass or a Family Annual Pass; while veterans with a service-connected disability are eligible to receive a free lifetime Military Entrance Pass (which offers the same benefits as the Family Annual Pass). Continue reading

Power Beach Wheelchairs Available on Alabama Beaches

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Power Beach Wheelchair Available for Rent in Gulf Shores, AL

I first discovered power beach wheelchairs in my home state of California, and immediately I thought they were super cool. These motorized chairs with balloon tires allow wheelchair-users independent access to the beach, and independence is a very good thing if you’re a wheelchair-user. After all wouldn’t you rather navigate the coastline on your own, instead of being pushed around by somebody else? Suffice it to say I was very impressed with the whole concept. Continue reading