The Last Straw

1200px-Eight_drinking_straws_(4273846588)With so many regulations popping up across the country limiting or outright banning the use of plastic straws, I’m getting a lot of questions from folks about why this is even an issue to some disabled people. And to be honest, some of the questions are well meaning, but many folks just don’t get the point – or points – that banning the use of plastic straws in restaurants puts yet another undue burden on our disabled citizens. Maybe some people just never thought about it before, or maybe they don’t understand the technicalities behind it all. Whatever the reason, here are some of the questions I’ve fielded in the past month, along with the answers I’ve given. Feel free to pass them along. Continue reading

A Tasty Surprise at La Posada

Arizona Green Chile Eggs atLa Posada’s Turquoise Room

Since I’m writing an article about access at the remaining Harvey Houses of the west, a stop at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona was a must-do on my itinerary. As expected I was simply wowed by the architecture, historic photos and large collection of southwestern art at this grand old gem; however I also came away with an added bonus – an excellent breakfast at the hotel’s Turquoise Room. 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

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

Chow Down at Piggy Park For Some Good Carolina BBQ

Maurice's Piggy Park in Irmo, SC.

Food is an essential part of any road trip. Not only does it provide fuel for your travel adventures, but it also offers a little insight into the local culture. Let’s face it, you just can’t pass up fresh lobster while you’re in Maine, or Crab Cakes when you visit Chesapeake Bay; and no trip to New Orleans would be complete without café au lait and beignets at Café Du Monde. Continue reading

Nostalgic Road Trip Stop in Cedar City, Utah

Whipping up a tasty treat at Bulloch Drug in Cedar City, Utah.

Nothing screams road trip like a little nostalgia. And for a cool blast from the past, be sure to stop in at Bulloch Drug on your next Zion or Bryce road trip. Just take exit 42, turn right on US 91, and tool on down the road till you see Bulloch Drug on your left. You can’t miss it. Continue reading

Truth or Consequences Access Improving

Hacienda Mexican Restaurante

Located in Southern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences is a favorite getaway spot for us. That said, it’s not the most accessible city in the world. It?s a historic little town, with sidewalks in need of repair and curb-cuts that are somewhat of a challenge. And many of the businesses have steps up into them. It?’ a town with a lot of potential, but it really needs some TLC. Continue reading

Great Tioga Pass Lunch Stop

Lunch at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining.

If you travels take you across Tioga Pass this fall (which I highly recommend), then make sure and schedule a lunch stop at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining. Not only does the cuisine go above and beyond the traditional deli fare, but it’s also got great wheelchair-access. Add in a cool view of Mono Lake, and who could ask for anything more? Continue reading