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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Road Trip Ups and Downs

After almost six weeks on the road it’s good to be home. We traveled 10,387  miles through 23 states and discovered tons of cool accessible lodgings, sites and activities, that I look forward to sharing with my readers. It was a very successful road trip. That said, as with any adventure, it was dotted with highs and lows. With that in mind, here are a few of my ups and downs from our Summer 2014 cross country road trip. Continue reading

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Ride ‘Em Cowboy…and Cowgirl!

Team Roping -- not just for men at the Cody Night Rodeo

I’m a rodeo gal at heart. After all, some of my earliest memories are of the Clovis Rodeo, watching my dad ride saddle broncs and bulls. So I’m thrilled whenever I have the opportunity to take in a rodeo on my travels. Such was the case last night, when I got to enjoy the famous Cody Night Rodeo – the longest running night rodeo in the country. Continue reading

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Wild Center Revisited

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY

The last time I visited the Wild Center, it was on a hard-hat tour. Granted that was some time ago, but I don’t get back to Tupper Lake, NY that often, so I was thrilled when I was able to visit the finished facility last week. Continue reading

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Exploring the Berkshires

Cherrie just kicking back and enjoying Noble View.

For the most part this press trip has been a wrap-up research trip for my next book, “Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers”. The title pretty much describes the theme – I’m hoping to encourage folks to “think outside the box” as far as access goes, as present a wide range of accessible properties across the US. Continue reading

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What’s Up With This Accessible Parking Spot?

"Accessible" parking spot in New Hope, PA?

I see a lot of different things as I cross the country, but this “accessible” parking spot really made me scratch my head yesterday. It is across the street from the New Hope, PA Visitors Center, and as far as I can tell it’s one of the very few accessible spots in town. Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What's wrong with this shower? It's not wheelchai-accessible, as the innkeepers claim.

Remember that game you used to play in Highlights Magazine? The one where you’d circle the things that were wrong with an innocuous looking picture? Well, today we are going to play the adult version. It’s called “What’s Wrong with this ‘Accessible’ Shower?” Continue reading

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A Hocking Hills Find

There's even a special bear bench for Cherrie near the cabin!

Every time I visit Ohio’s Hocking Hills I discover a new cool accessible lodging option—and this time was no exception. Last night we stayed in a very accessible creekside cabin near Logan, Ohio. It was compact, but still had room enough for a wheelchair, and it included a small kitchen and a lovely back deck. There was also a private hot tub on the deck, but it wasn’t accessible. Continue reading

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Saturday Night at the Bluebird – A Must-Do in Nashville

From our table at the Bluebird Caafe.

Enjoying a late night set at the Bluebird Cafe is one of Nashville’s quintessential music experiences. And I was lucky to do just that on this past Saturday. This was my second visit to the Bluebird, and I’m happy to report that the intimate experience of sitting within two feet of Danny Flowers on my first visit was not a fluke. My second visit was just as memorable, as I enjoyed the works of Craig Carothers, Pete Wasner, Jesse Terry and Tony Haselden – four of Nashville’s pre-eminent song writers. Continue reading

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