Can $1 Really Make a Difference?

Ruby's Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park

Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park

Have you ever checked into a hotel, only to be asked if you wanted to donate $1 to a local organization to help make needed tourism improvements? This usually happens in or near national parks, and I always end up checking the box that obligates me to cough up an extra buck to help out. But I often wondered how much money really ends up directed to the local organizations, and – more important – did my dollar really make a difference? Continue reading

Let’s Talk Statistics

graph-163509_1280I’m often asked if the number of disabled travelers has increased in the 20-plus years that I’ve been covering accessible travel. Well, from an anecdotal view of things I usually answer that question with a enthusiastic yes. Of course it’s not like I’ve done a survey or anything. Continue reading

Road Construction to Cause Delays in Arches National Park

archesThe good news is that the 26-mile stretch of road through Arches National Park is getting some major upgrades this year — an improvement which will ultimately result in a smoother traffic flow and less congestion in the park in the years to come.

The not-so-good news is that the construction will cause some major delays and closures this year. Continue reading

Give Adaptive SCUBA a Try!!

Adaptive diver Amber Rangel giving SCUBA a try. Photo courtesy of Amber Rangel.

Adaptive diver Amber Rangel giving SCUBA a try. Photo courtesy of Amber Rangel.

Have you ever dreamed about taking up SCUBA, but thought that you couldn’t because of that pesky old wheelchair thing? Well, then think again, because adaptive diving techniques and equipment make this sport accessible to everyone. And the great thing is, every wheelchair-user who I’ve talked to about their SCUBA experience has told me that they actually feel freer in the water. Of course you have to have the proper instruction and equipment to give it a try, so here are a few resources for you. Continue reading

Support Florida State Parks!!

boardwalkI don’t really post too many political things here, but I’d like to take a moment to encourage all of my Florida friends to give a shout out to their state legislators in support of Governor Rick Scott’s recommended 2017 budget — especially where Florida State Parks are concerned! Continue reading

Can Airlines Deny Me Passage Just Because I’m Disabled?

airplane_landing_199029I’m getting a lot of questions this week in regards to Mark Smith’s recent incident with American Airlines. Smith is a power-wheelchair-user who was on his way home from Abilities Expo in Southern California, when a gaggle of American Airlines employees boarded the aircraft and informed him that they needed to remove him from the airplane because of “captain’s orders”. So he was transferred to an aisle chair, and taken back to the jet bridge, and was later transported on another American Airlines flight. Continue reading

Barrier-Free Utah Guide Named INDIES Finalist

Utah-Parks-cover-200x300I was thrilled to hear that Barrier-Free Travel; Utah National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers was named a finalist in this years INDIES book awards. Previously named the Ben Franklin Awards, this prestigious prize is presented by Foreward Reviews, an independent media company. And I was also equally thrilled when 22 Accessible Road Trips; Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers was named a winner in 2013. Continue reading