Power Beach Wheelchairs Available on Alabama Beaches

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Power Beach Wheelchair Available for Rent in Gulf Shores, AL

I first discovered power beach wheelchairs in my home state of California, and immediately I thought they were super cool. These motorized chairs with balloon tires allow wheelchair-users independent access to the beach, and independence is a very good thing if you’re a wheelchair-user. After all wouldn’t you rather navigate the coastline on your own, instead of being pushed around by somebody else? Suffice it to say I was very impressed with the whole concept. Continue reading

National Park Etiquette

Grand Canyon National Park

After spending several weeks in our national parks doing some final research for my next book, I’ve encountered what can only be called some “less than stewardly behavior “ by my fellow national park visitors. Although this isn’t the be-all-and-end-all list on national park etiquette, it’s a good starting point. And since today is National Public Lands Day, I thought it’d be a good time to share it with the world. Continue reading

Five Survival Strategies for Visiting Zion on Holiday Weekends

A two-hour wait for the Zion Canyon shuttle bus on Labor Day weekend

Summer weekends mark peak season in Zion National Park, but Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends bring even more crowds into this Southwestern Utah national park. Although nothing kills the natural experience like standing in a shuttle bus line for two hours, there are ways to make the most of your visit if you absolutely must come on a holiday weekend. Continue reading

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

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

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