Is That Really What Avianca Meant?

I was browsing the internet last night when I happened across a discussion about Avianca Airlines. It all centered around this statement on their “Passengers with Disabilities” section of their website:

“Please carry all necessary items to attend to your physiological needs, if you can’t use the lavatory without assistance.” Continue reading

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The Straight Poop About Flying With Your Service Animal

Lately there’s been a flurry of articles, blog posts and Facebook comments about people flying with “questionable” service animals. What exactly do I mean by questionable? In this case, I believe it’s anybody who has a service animal that doesn’t have a visible disability. Continue reading

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Accessible Camping at South Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove Campground

Although accessible campgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, Zephyr Cove Campground goes one step further as far as access is concerned.

Sure they have an accessible office where you can pick out one of seven accessible RV spaces, but they go well beyond that. Not only are the accessible spaces flat, but they also have easy access to the utility hook-ups. And even better, they have easy-to-use accessible water connections.

Standard water outlets are difficult to operate

Accessible water faucets feature easy-to-use levers

On standard water connections you have to grip and pull hard in order to get the water to flow, but that’s not the case with accessible water connections. They have levers which require a minimum of pressure to operate. And that’s such a relief to anybody who has a hard time gripping things; in fact folks with arthritis will really appreciate this accessible feature.

There are also accessible shower rooms in the campground, which have roll-in showers with fold-down shower benches, hand-held showerheads, toilet and shower grab bars and roll-under sinks. And these family style shower and toilet rooms are huge. Even the largest wheelchair or scooter can easily navigate around in them.

If you’d like to pitch a tent instead, site 9 in the drive-in campground features a level pad and is close to the accessible water faucet and the accessible shower room. Sites 8 and 10 are also relatively flat and will work for many people.

Unfortunately none of the sites and the walk-in campground are technically accessible, as they are located up a hill with a steady rise. That said, they will transport folks who can’t manage the grade up to their campsites in golf carts. So although they aren’t the best choice for wheelchair-users, they may work for some slow walkers.

Best of all, the campground is located right across the street from the Zephyr Cove marina, where the MS Dixie II is docked. This paddlewheel boat features level access and offers a variety of cruises around the lake. And if you’d like to give the cook the night off, the campground is also just across the street from the Zephyr Cove Restaurant, which serves up a wide variety of family favorites all day long. They are especially known for their ample breakfasts, but even folks watching the calories will find something to suit them on the menu.

So next time you want to do a little camping — either in your rig or in a tent — check out this very accessible option in South Lake Tahoe.


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Earth Cooking Done Right

Geothermal ovens on porch of Icelandic "earth cooking" eatery

I have to admit that ever since I read about putrefied shark being an Icelandic delicacy, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to experience the local cuisine. And I have to say I was rather unimpressed with the food in Reykjavik. It was overpriced, and nothing really to write home about. Continue reading

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Off to Iceland!

Some would say we are taking the scenic route to Iceland, as we are taking a road trip up through Washington and Oregon and then flying to Reykjavik from Seattle. Continue reading

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Yes Virginia, Some People That Use Airport Wheelchairs Can Walk

After reading yet another opinionated article about the legions of air travelers who just use wheelchairs to get fast-tracked through security and be first to board, I feel I have to set the record straight. Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens Debuts Accessible Meadow Garden

Boardwalk in new Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens

Whenever I go back and visit my Pennsylvania friends, I just have to stop at Longwood Gardens. Located in Kennett Square, it’s about an hour from downtown Philadelphia, but believe me it’s well worth the drive. Continue reading

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Access Rocks on Tahoe’s MS Dixie II

The MS Dixie II Paddlewheel

When the mercury rises in the Central Valley, it’s time to head to Tahoe. And that’s exactly what we did last week. Granted, we traveled there to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band (who by the way, rocked Harvey’s amphitheater); however we lingered a bit to check out the access on the MS Dixie II — Lake Tahoe’s only sternwheeler. And I have to say that the MS Dixie II equally rocked, on access for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Continue reading

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Philly Ducks Also Accessible!

Ride the Ducks in Philadelphia boards near Independence Hall

As I was exploring downtown Philadelphia yesterday, I heard a familiar “quack”, and I looked up to see a Ride the Ducks tour filled with enthusiastic passengers. Since the tour is operated by the same company that operates the San Francisco Ride the Duck Tours, I decided to drop by Duck Central at Chestnut and 6th to check out their accessibility. And I was very pleased with what I found! Continue reading

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Quacking Around San Francisco

Ride the Ducks DUKW, on dry land

Some things are easier to make accessible than others. On the one hand, it’s pretty easy to put a ramp up to a building, or to make sure that there are grab bars by the toilet. But then there are those things that I call “access challenges”; and I got a chance to check out one of those yesterday on a San Francisco Ride the Ducks tour. Continue reading

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