Matt Anderson had every reason to believe his Cape Verde vacation would be a relaxing retreat for him and his partner Shelly Grainger. After all, Anderson booked a wheelchair-accessible room through Thompson Holidays. The British travel operator was quick to take Anderson’s £2,800, but when the couple arrived in Africa they were informed that the accessible room was only “requested” and not “reserved” for him. Continue reading
The UK Supreme Court ruled last month on a pivotal disability rights issue regarding the use of allocated wheelchair spaces on buses. The case stemmed from a 2012 incident in Leeds, where wheelchair-user Doug Paulley tried to board a FirstGroup bus, but a mother with a stroller who was occupying the wheelchair space refused to move. In spite of the signage that clearly states that the seats are reserved for disabled passengers, the driver would only request — not require — that she move. Ultimately Mr. Paulley was left at the curb. Continue reading
When I was researching my Barrier-Free Grand Canyon book, I remember the front desk supervisor at El Tovar telling me that winter was the best time to visit the park, as not only are their fewer people there at that time, but you can also snag some pretty good deals if you shop around. And you know what — she’s right! With that in mind, here are a few money saving deals in one of my favorite national parks. Continue reading
Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is finally here!!
I always get excited when I release a new book, but I have to say that my newest baby is by far one of my most ambitious projects. But it’s finally complete and now I can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.
So what makes this book so different?
Well like all of my books, it is meticulously researched. Resting Easy in the US includes accurate access descriptions and detailed photographs of over 90 properties across the US. From B&Bs, guest ranches and lakeside cottages, to boutique hotels, rustic cabins and deluxe yurts, variety is the key word in content. And although access varies from property to property, each one possesses a unique attribute – be it the location, the owner, the room, or maybe even the entire lodging concept.
So if you’re looking for something beyond that cookie-cutter chain hotel, this book is for you.
But a picture is worth a thousand words – especially where access is concerned – so lots of great access shots are included.
And since everyone’s access needs are different, I also included my “take” on who it will — and won’t – work best for.
But what good is an accessible property if there’s nothing to do around it? Well I considered that too, so I also included a section with each property about accessible things to see and do nearby.
And at nearly 400 pages, it’s chocked full of useful information. In short, it’s a great resource for seniors, parents with stroller-aged children, Baby Boomers, folks who need to take things a little slower, and anybody who uses a cane, walker, wheelchair or scooter.
So surf on by www.RestingEZ.com and check it out. And tell a friend!
It’s hard to visit Albuquerque and not think about Breaking Bad. After all this hit TV series about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook was filmed here. Breaking Bad is big business in Albuquerque these days, as I’ve seen everything from a postcard with Walter’s drivers license on it, to the incredibly popular Breaking Bad Balloon Fiesta pin here. The latter sold out in 15 minutes, but you can still order one online from the Plano Pin Company. With all this Breaking Bad hoopla it would seem a sin not to indulge just a bit; which why I decided to do a little research and create my own Breaking Bad Driving Tour. In the end I was very pleased, as not only is the tour free, but it’s also wheelchair-accessible. Best of all, you can do it at your own pace. Continue reading
OK, I admit it, I’m a huge Alcatraz fan. I’ve seen every movie made about the island (the Birdman was the best), I love reading historical accounts about prison life, and I’m simply enthralled by the audio tour whenever I visit the old cell block. And on one visit to the Rock, I even got to chat with a former Alcatraz guard. Boy did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading
The great thing about road trips is that getting there can be half the fun. Such was the case yesterday when we traveled across the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) from Kamloops to Banff. Not only did we get some great windshield views, but we also found a nicely accessible boardwalk trail. And that’s something that wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t driving. Continue reading
Dan Bauer has a dream – an inclusive wilderness facility with barrier-free campsites, yurts and even a rustic lodge. And until he met his wife Judy that’s all it was – a dream. Says Judy, “I’m a action kind of person, so I told Dan that he either had to start working to make his dream happen, or stop talking about it and move on.” Says Dan, “And since there’s no way I could stop talking about it, I had to get moving and take some action.” And so The Accessible Wilderness Society was born. Continue reading