TSA Modifies Opt-Out Policy

Ever since the Advance Imaging Technologies (AIT) full body scanners were introduced at Airports across America, travelers have had the opportunity to “opt-out” of what some considered an invasion of their privacy, and instead have a manual pat down. That regulation was recently modified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a Privacy Impact Assessment Update released on December 18, 2015. Continue reading

It’s Here!!

Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

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!

 

 

 

Quacking Around San Francisco

Ride the Ducks DUKW, on dry land

Some things are easier to make accessible than others. On the one hand, it’s pretty easy to put a ramp up to a building, or to make sure that there are grab bars by the toilet. But then there are those things that I call “access challenges”; and I got a chance to check out one of those yesterday on a San Francisco Ride the Ducks tour. Continue reading

Ride ‘Em Cowboy…and Cowgirl!

Team Roping -- not just for men at the Cody Night Rodeo

I’m a rodeo gal at heart. After all, some of my earliest memories are of the Clovis Rodeo, watching my dad ride saddle broncs and bulls. So I’m thrilled whenever I have the opportunity to take in a rodeo on my travels. Such was the case last night, when I got to enjoy the famous Cody Night Rodeo – the longest running night rodeo in the country. Continue reading

Saturday Night at the Bluebird – A Must-Do in Nashville

From our table at the Bluebird Caafe.

Enjoying a late night set at the Bluebird Cafe is one of Nashville’s quintessential music experiences. And I was lucky to do just that on this past Saturday. This was my second visit to the Bluebird, and I’m happy to report that the intimate experience of sitting within two feet of Danny Flowers on my first visit was not a fluke. My second visit was just as memorable, as I enjoyed the works of Craig Carothers, Pete Wasner, Jesse Terry and Tony Haselden – four of Nashville’s pre-eminent song writers. Continue reading

Hot Off The Press — New Grand Canyon Access Guide

Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Gearing up for the summer travel season, and trying to decide where to go? Well, how about the Grand Canyon? Think it’s not accessible? Then think again. My newest book, Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, highlights accessible trails, sites, and lodging options on the north and south rims, includes access details about the Grand Canyon Railway, and provides hard-to-find access information about Grand Canyon West.

Highlights of the book include:

· Details on Accessible Bus and Helicopter Tours

· Access at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

· Shuttle Bus Routes and Access Details

· Special Access Passes and Permits

· Photos of Accessible Rooms

· Accessible Lodging at the Williams Railway Depot

· Windshield Views Throughout the Park

And although the iconic mule ride to the bottom of the canyon isn’t accessible, I’ve also included a little known driving route that’s located on Hualapai land.

Even better, this book is the first in a series of accessible travel guides to popular US destinations. And although it’s a great resource for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will also appreciate the access information in this guide, as well as the future books in this series.

So surf on by the www.BarrierFreeGrandCanyon.com for more information about my newest book.

 

Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities. Continue reading

Chihuly in the Desert

Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

I love it when I can combine two of my favorite things; and yesterday it was the Desert Botanical Garden and Chihuly glass. Located in Phoenix Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden boasts over 55 acres of native plants, and for a limited time, 21 Dale Chihuly sculptures are also tucked into the landscape. This is the second Chihuly installation at the Desert Botanical Garden – there was also one in 2008 – but sadly I missed the first one. Continue reading

Cherrie’s Spring Break

Chillin on the patio at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Well, it’s been a long, cold, wet winter for everyone, and Cherrie is happy to be on her spring break. No worries about bears gone wild on this blog though, as we are having a g-rated spring break at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, CA. Continue reading

Improved Access Coming to Glacier National Park

I had a great time when we visited Glacier National Park last year; however I was a bit disappointed that the iconic Red Bus Tours were not accessible. Well, all that’s about to change, as the new park concessionaire — Xanterra Parks and Resorts — recently announced that they plan to upgrade the fleet and add two accessible buses.

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