Mono Lake Access Update

Mono Lake

Winters are hard in the rugged Eastern Sierras, and with the spring thaw Mother Nature always leaves a few surprises in her wake. With that in mind I made a weekend visit to one of my favorite Eastern Sierra haunts — Mono Lake — to check out how the accessible features had survived the winter. Continue reading

Earth Cooking Done Right

Geothermal ovens on porch of Icelandic “earth cooking” eatery

I have to admit that ever since I read about putrefied shark being an Icelandic delicacy, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to experience the local cuisine. And I have to say I was rather unimpressed with the food in Reykjavik. It was overpriced, and nothing really to write home about. Continue reading

Access Rocks on Tahoe’s MS Dixie II

The MS Dixie II Paddlewheel

When the mercury rises in the Central Valley, it’s time to head to Tahoe. And that’s exactly what we did last week. Granted, we traveled there to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band (who by the way, rocked Harvey’s amphitheater); however we lingered a bit to check out the access on the MS Dixie II — Lake Tahoe’s only sternwheeler. And I have to say that the MS Dixie II equally rocked, on access for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Continue reading

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

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

Hot Off The Press — New Grand Canyon Access Guide

Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Gearing up for the summer travel season, and trying to decide where to go? Well, how about the Grand Canyon? Think it’s not accessible? Then think again. My newest book, Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, highlights accessible trails, sites, and lodging options on the north and south rims, includes access details about the Grand Canyon Railway, and provides hard-to-find access information about Grand Canyon West.

Highlights of the book include:

· Details on Accessible Bus and Helicopter Tours

· Access at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

· Shuttle Bus Routes and Access Details

· Special Access Passes and Permits

· Photos of Accessible Rooms

· Accessible Lodging at the Williams Railway Depot

· Windshield Views Throughout the Park

And although the iconic mule ride to the bottom of the canyon isn’t accessible, I’ve also included a little known driving route that’s located on Hualapai land.

Even better, this book is the first in a series of accessible travel guides to popular US destinations. And although it’s a great resource for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will also appreciate the access information in this guide, as well as the future books in this series.

So surf on by the www.BarrierFreeGrandCanyon.com for more information about my newest book.

 

Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities. Continue reading

A Musical Surprise in Phoenix

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

To be honest, I really wasn’t looking forward to visiting the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, but it’s something that I had to check out for my readers. I figured that I’d see some instruments and learn a little bit about their history, and maybe if I was real lucky I’d also get to hear a little music. I wasn’t expecting much, as I’m not a real musical instrument fan, so I kind of figured that I’d be bored to tears. Boy, was I ever wrong! Continue reading

Chihuly in the Desert

Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

I love it when I can combine two of my favorite things; and yesterday it was the Desert Botanical Garden and Chihuly glass. Located in Phoenix Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden boasts over 55 acres of native plants, and for a limited time, 21 Dale Chihuly sculptures are also tucked into the landscape. This is the second Chihuly installation at the Desert Botanical Garden – there was also one in 2008 – but sadly I missed the first one. Continue reading