What Does the Carnival ADA Settlement Really Mean?

The media is all a buzz about the recent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Carnival Corporation. Basically it requires Carnival to make access improvements on 62 Carnival, Holland America and Princess ships, pay a modest fine to the government and reparations to the damaged parties, and appoint compliance officers to oversee access on the ships. And of course, as in most settlement agreements, Carnival admits no wrongdoing or violation of the ADA. Continue reading

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DOJ Clarifies Service Animal Regulations

New Service Animal FAQs from the DOJ

Although some news sources have reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently “revised” their regulation on service animals, they have instead clarified regulations that have been on the books for many years. Early this week the DOJ released “Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA” a user-friendly technical assistance document that answers many commonly asked questions about service animals. The publication stems from questions posed to the DOJ and provides guidance on the ADA’s service animal provisions. Continue reading

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“Beep, Beep — I’m Back”

This Las Cruces icon was showing his age back in 2011

I got to see a lot of old friends on my last road trip, including one old bird who I’ve always loved — the Las Cruces Roadrunner. The last time that we crossed paths was in April 2011, and to be honest, he was starting to show his age back then. Continue reading

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Marfa Detour

Marfa Prada store, near Valentine, Texas

Part of the fun of a road trip is stopping at quirky roadside attractions along the way; which is why we made it a point to seek out the Marfa Prada store yesterday, while we were traveling through west Texas. To be clear, this eclectic attraction is located some 35 miles from Marfa, about a mile or so north of Valentine, on Highway 90. Trust me, you can’t miss it, as it’s the only building for miles. Continue reading

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Drury Gets Access Right

I have to admit that I love Drury properties for the little extras they provide – the popcorn and soda snacks, the Kickback happy hours and the full hot breakfasts. But beyond that, they also seem to have a good handle on access needs; and by that I mean they remember the little things that are often overlooked by other hotel chains. The Drury Suites in McAllen, Texas is a prime example of that, and here are a few of the sometimes forgotten access features that they nailed. Continue reading

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Abita Springs Revisited

The Abita Mystery House -- formerly the UCM Museum

Sometimes it’s fun to revisit a place you haven’t seen in a while. Such is the case with Abita Springs, a small town on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore, just a short causeway ride from New Orleans. I last visited Abita Springs some 15 years ago, and upon my return I was happy to find that one of my favorite attractions hadn’t changed, and another had added some access upgrades. Continue reading

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It’s Duckmaster Time!

That's me - Honorary Duckmaster

I simply love Memphis, so it doesn’t take much to get me to visit the birthplace of rock and roll. And although my latest stopover had little to do with music, it had everything to do with the famous Peabody ducks. Quite frankly, when I was invited to be Honorary Duckmaster at this Memphis institution, I just couldn’t resist. Continue reading

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Symphony in the Flint Hills – an Impressive and Accessible Event

Cowboy along the trail to the concert site

I first learned about the Symphony in the Flint Hills 10 years ago as I was passing through Kansas. My schedule was packed so I couldn’t hang around for the inaugural event, but I was impressed with the thought that the organizers were putting into access and inclusion. I vowed I would return for the concert someday. Fast forward 10 years, and that “someday” finally came to pass last Saturday. Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Path in Kansas

Hot and Cold Water Towers in Pratt, Kansas

One of the great things about a road trip is that you can hop off the interstate at a moment’s notice and explore the road less traveled. And that’s exactly what we did yesterday when we drove from Dodge City to Wichita. Instead of taking Interstate 50 most of the way, we planned a little detour with a stop in Pratt, Kansas. And I have to admit, it wasn’t the day we planned, but in this case, that was a very good thing. Continue reading

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A Tasty Surprise at La Posada

Arizona Green Chile Eggs atLa Posada's Turquoise Room

Since I’m writing an article about access at the remaining Harvey Houses of the west, a stop at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona was a must-do on my itinerary. As expected I was simply wowed by the architecture, historic photos and large collection of southwestern art at this grand old gem; however I also came away with an added bonus – an excellent breakfast at the hotel’s Turquoise Room. Continue reading

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