Exploring Lake Michigan

Our accessible cabin at Point Beach National Forest, on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Since Cherrie like the Colorado yurts so much, we decided to spend some time in a rustic cabin on Lake Michigan. Technically these two cabins at Point Beach State Forest are group cabins, but hey, three is a group, right? The price was right – a very reasonable $60 – so we decided to go for it. And we weren’t disappointed with the accessibility either. The Wisconsin DNR did a great job. Continue reading

Road Trip Fun

There are plenty of fun things to do -- for the young and the not-so-young -- at Wall Drug.

Road trips are more than just going from Point A to Point B in a car. Although that’s certainly part of it, the other part is stopping at fun and quirky roadside attractions along the way. And that’s exactly what we did on our drive through South Dakota and Minnesota. Continue reading

Cherrie Goes Yurting

Cherrie at the accessible Red Fox yurt at Snow Mountain Ranch, near Granby Colorado.

I first discovered yurts about 12 years ago, when I was doing a story on the Oregon Coast. I accidentally stumbled into a campground and saw this domed tent and wondered what it was. Come to find out it was a yurt, and at that time they were all the rage at Oregon state parks. Continue reading

Cherrie Visits Old Iron Town

Cherrie was able to wheel around to many parts of Iron Town, located just west of Cedar City, utah.

Located just a short drive from Cedar City Utah, Old Iron Town is definitely worth a side trip when you’re in the area.

Cherry enjoyed wheeling around the ruins of this one-time iron works, which was abandoned by the Mormons in 1876. Continue reading

Chillin’ Out in Monterey

Cherrie enjoying the view of the Del Monte Golf Course from the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

With valley temperatures on the rise, it was fun to take a short weekend getaway over to Monterey. And Cherrie had a great time. Not only did she get to visit the very accessible Monterey Bay Aquarium and explore Cannery Row, but she also got to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Continue reading

Rolling Around Wellington

Cherrie enjoying the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

Cherrie has been having a great time exploring Wellington, as it’s a very walk-able and roll-able city. We’ve been all around the CBD, over to Oriental Bay, up to Zealandia and even back out to the airport for an evening function –with nary a step or curb along the way. It’s really been grand. Plus I have to give the folks at the I-site (visitors center) a big thumbs up on access  — they are actually familiar with wheelchair-access in their fair city. Continue reading

Wheelchair-Accessible Thermal Pools in New Zealand

Cherrie enjoying the nicely accessible thermal pools at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Unfortunately I have to preface this blog post with this notice. The photos on this blog are the copyrighted property of Charles Pannell, and SATW and/or its employees or agents have no authority to use them in any way or to repost them. Sorry guys, but after having photos lifted twice in less than a week by the organization, I’m a little wary.

Now.. on to the meat of the post.

I have to say that I continue to be impressed with the accessibility in New Zealand. Take today, for example, when we visited the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs. Sure, I expected to find accessible changing rooms and barrier-free access to some of the pools; but they of course went one step further. Continue reading

New Zealand Bound

Well it’s time to hit the road again, and this time we are off to New Zealand. I was totally impressed with the access on my last visit to the North Island, and am looking forward to exploring the South Island with Charles and Cherrie on this visit.

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Enjoy Family Day at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Cherrie enjoying one of three wheelchair-accessible trails at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

If you’re looking for one last family outing before summer comes to an end, then head on up to Calaveras Big Trees State Park on Saturday August 20, and enjoy Family Day at the park. Located in Arnold, about a half-hour north of Sonora, this off-the-beaten-path California state park features two Giant Sequoia groves, with wheelchair-accessible trails through both of them.

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