I’m thrilled to announce that the second book in my Barrier-Free Travel series is now available. Barrier-free Travel; Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is a must-have resource if Washington state is on your bucket list.
To be honest I wasn’t really planning on doing a book on the parks, but after I discovered the glut of access misinformation out there on these two gems, I put another title on the back burner. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when a ranger directed me to a “mostly accessible” trail, and I arrived to find 24 steps (count ‘em, 24) leading up to the trailhead. In her defense the ranger did say that a wheelchair-user would need a little assistance on the trail. But seriously, when I saw those steps I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of assistance she was thinking about — a mountain goat? It really didn’t get much better from there, as the trail was steep with lots of ups and downs.
To say that I was disappointed was an understatement, especially since I discovered other trails that would be better choices for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. So I decided to make lemonade out of those lemons and do what I do best — write about the access.
I’m happy to report that with a little research and a lot of legwork, I was able to put together a nice access guide. Not only did I cover accessible trails, attractions and campsites, but I also included accessible lodging picks in and near the parks. And just like in all my other books, I’ve described the access so people can decide if it’s doable for them. Oh and course there’s lots of photos, especially of the lodging options.
And the good news is, thanks to the Spruce Railroad Trail project, the length of the accessible trails inside Olympic National Park is set to triple in the next few years. And I’ll certainly keep my readers updated on that on the book website too.
So surf on by the book website and see if I can entice you into a trip to Washington. And tell a friend!