On the Road Again!!

Cherrie and Candy

Cherrie and Candy mapping out their summer Wetern States road trip.

Well Charles, Cherrie and I are on the road again — in search of more accessible destinations and activities for our readers. This summer road trip will take a little over three weeks, and hit some of the highlights and offbeat attractions in the west.

Right now we’re in Winnemucca, Nevada, where we overnighted. Basically it was just a stop along the way, but to be honest, the scenery wasn’t bad along I-80. Much better than along US 50, I think. From here we’ll head north to Twin Falls for a little Oregon Trail history and then hop over to Boise for some cultural enrichment. Cherrie might also get a chance to see some of her Traveling Teddy cousins at the SATW Western States Conference.

Then, it’s east to Craters of the Moon, Jackson, Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Next we’ll head over to Cody to soak up a little cowboy culture, after which we’ll visit a number of accessible dude ranches in Montana. Then it’s back through Idaho again to interview a rafting operator that is able to accommodate slow walkers and wheelchair-users on his multi-day raft trips on the Salmon River.

Then it’s north to Coeur d’Alene, over through Washington, and down along the Columbia River to Portland. I’m really looking forward to Portland, as there are so many fun things to do there, and most of the city is accessible by public transportation – wheelchair-accessible public transportation.

Then it’s over to the east to check out a rustic retreat with a cool hot springs that has wheelchair-accessible accommodations. That gem came to me via an Emerging Horizons reader.

Then south along the coast to check out a few wheelchair-accessible inns and B&Bs, back into California and over to Lassen National Park. They’ve had a very late winter this year, so hopefully the road will be cleared when we arrive in late July. Then, back down through the valley and home.

Of course this is a press trip version of a regular road trip. I’m thinking most folks would take about 6-7 weeks to take in all the sights and destinations on our itinerary (I’ve just listed the highlights). But it’s all in a days work, and we enjoy it.

So stay tuned for more photos and access updates.