Oregon State Parks Seek to Improve Access

10678499_10204717928898825_8786844006418640572_nIn an effort to make Oregon state parks more accessible, the Oregon State Parks Foundation (OSPF) recently invited 10 people with a spinal cord injry on a camping trip. But it wasn’t your ordinary camping trip — it was more of a research project. The goal was to identify the barriers that people with disabilities face in the state parks, and to ultimately remove those barriers.

What a great idea!

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Rail-Trails Guides Highlight Accessible Trails

Rail-Trails Washington & Oregon, from Wilderness Press

I’m a big fan of Rail-Trails, as a large number of these former rail beds have been converted to wheelchair-accessible trails. I was thrilled to discover that Wilderness Press has a whole series of official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy guidebooks; and since I travel through the Pacific Northwest a lot I decided to check out their “Rail-Trails Washington & Oregon” title.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium Access Report

Carole's mom is all smiles after her recent visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Carole Terwilliger Meyers — a travel writer colleague of mine — recently took her slow walker mom up to the Oregon coast for a little mother-daughter quality time. Upon her return she wrote to tell me of her experience, and then gave me permission to repost her report here. She’s also posted a good accessible lodging suggestion on her own blog, in case you’re also planning a trip up there.

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RIP Quarry Cove

Sometimes Mother Nature isn’t very cooperative. That’s especially true when access is concerned. Face it, with one fell swoop she can turn a nice accessible dirt trail into a God awful muddy mess, by just unleashing one of her sudden downpours.

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