A Scenic Break on the Trans-Canadian Highway

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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

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Five Free Wheelchair-Accessible Glass Installations in Tacoma

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Chihuly at Tacoma’s Union Station

When you go to Tacoma, you have to visit the Museum of Glass. That’s a given. But that’s not the only glass in the city. It’s time to think outside the box a bit and take a little walking tour to explore some of the hidden glass treasures of Tacoma. The good news is, all these sites are free; and the even better news is that they are all wheelchair-accessible. Continue reading

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Free Admission to Florida Aviation Museum

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Those of you who know me know that I’m a absolute aircraft junkie. I grew up in a flying family, and air shows and fly-ins were standard fare at our house. I’ve been to many aircraft museums over my career, and to be honest I never tire of them. Continue reading

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Celebrate Spring at Carmel’s East End Wine Row

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It’s been a long hard winter, so make plans to welcome spring this year at Carmel Valley’s East End Wine Row Spring Celebration. Slated for Sunday April 28th, from 1-5 p.m., the event will feature appetizers and wine tasting, live cooking demonstrations and garden tips from a Master Gardener. Continue reading

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Cherrie Visits Bearizona

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On our way through Arizona, I spotted a sign that advertised “Bearizona” in Williams; and I figured it was the perfect place for Cherrie to visit. I mean, you never know, we might even find some of her relatives there, right? Continue reading

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Hit the Beach in San Diego

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Cruise along San Diego beaches in a power beach wheelchair.

If you thought that your days of beach combing were behind you, just because you roll instead of walk, then think again. Believe it or not, you can enjoy the beach independently, thanks to good folks down in San Diego. That’s right, you can now cruise along the sand in a power beach wheelchair, on one of five San Diego beaches. Even better – it’s absolutely free! Continue reading

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The Joys of Traveling with a Disability?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel; in fact I’ve spent a good part of my life encouraging everyone to get out and explore the world. Not only does travel broaden your horizons, but it also expands your understanding of the global community. Plus it’s just kind of fun. Continue reading

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Proposed Arizona Law Problematic for People with Disabilities

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The debate rages on in Arizona, over whether a person who identifies with a specific gender should be able to use the restroom of that gender. In fact, if Republicans have their way, transgender people will have to use the restroom of the gender stated on their birth certificate, or else face jail time.

Not exactly a disability issue, you say? Well, think again. Continue reading

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Free Alcatraz Exhibit Coming to San Francisco

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Alcatraz Lighthouse, in front of the cell blockI’ve always been fascinated with the history of Alcatraz. I remember watching The Birdman of Alcatraz when I was young, and of course I totally loved Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock. And I was totally wowed when I visited the one-time prison and got to talk to a former guard. Wow, did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

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Objects of Belief from the Vatican — Opening This Weekend

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Mbulu-ngulu, (Reliquary Figure) Gabon, Kota people, (Obamba or Mindumu group) Late 19th-early 20th century Copper, brass, iron, wood, 101060. Photo © Vatican Museums

If you happen to be traveling to San Francisco between now and September 8, 2013, be sure and check out the excellent Objects of Belief from the Vatican exhibition at the de Young Museum.  Although there are only 39 objects in this well-curated collection, they each tell a unique story. And since none of the artifacts have ever been out of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, this special exhibition is even more intriguing. Continue reading

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