Power Beach Wheelchairs Available on Alabama Beaches

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Power Beach Wheelchair Available for Rent in Gulf Shores, AL

I first discovered power beach wheelchairs in my home state of California, and immediately I thought they were super cool. These motorized chairs with balloon tires allow wheelchair-users independent access to the beach, and independence is a very good thing if you’re a wheelchair-user. After all wouldn’t you rather navigate the coastline on your own, instead of being pushed around by somebody else? Suffice it to say I was very impressed with the whole concept. Continue reading

What’s Up With This Accessible Parking Spot?

"Accessible" parking spot in New Hope, PA?

I see a lot of different things as I cross the country, but this “accessible” parking spot really made me scratch my head yesterday. It is across the street from the New Hope, PA Visitors Center, and as far as I can tell it’s one of the very few accessible spots in town. Continue reading

A Hocking Hills Find

There's even a special bear bench for Cherrie near the cabin!

Every time I visit Ohio’s Hocking Hills I discover a new cool accessible lodging option—and this time was no exception. Last night we stayed in a very accessible creekside cabin near Logan, Ohio. It was compact, but still had room enough for a wheelchair, and it included a small kitchen and a lovely back deck. There was also a private hot tub on the deck, but it wasn’t accessible. Continue reading

Meteor Crater: A Disappointing Experience for Wheelchair-Users

Every time I drove by Meteor Crater, just east of Flagstaff, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was accessible. After all, it is a crater. Well, yesterday I tuned the radio to 1610 like the billboards instructed, and I was thrilled to hear that they “have a new quarter-mile wheelchair-accessible trail along the rim of the crater.” That sold me, so we turned off the interstate to explore this unique natural wonder. Continue reading

Raptor Free Flight Show Returns to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Those of you who know me really well, know that I have a particular fondness for raptors. So much so, that I even spent some time working with a falconer near my mountain home in my younger years. Thinking back, I would do any volunteer job I could, just to be near those beautiful birds. Which is why I was thrilled when I found out that I was visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on the opening day of their Raptor Free Flight show. And I wasn’t disappointed one bit!  Continue reading

When a Roll-in Shower Really Isn’t…

Sometimes I’m a stickler for terminology, and I know that infuriates no small percentage of my friends. But as a writer, I feel that words – the correct words – are very important. Case and point is an incident that happened at a chain hotel yesterday. Continue reading

22 Accessible Road Trips Wins ForeWord Award

I’m thrilled to announce that 22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers won a bronze award in the travel guide category in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. It’s great to see an accessible travel title do so well alongside mainstream travel titles! And in celebration of it all, my publisher is offering a special promotion. From now until July 18, 2013 you can save 20% on the book, and get free shipping. What could be better? Continue reading

Cherrie’s Tips for Finding Accessible Lodging

As we set out on our summer road trip with Cherrie, we thought it would be a good idea for Cherrie to share some of her to tips for finding an accessible room. After all, there’s nothing worse that arriving at a property, only to discover that it doesn’t fill you access needs. With that in mind, here’s what Cherrie has to say: Continue reading

Cherrie Visits Bearizona

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