The Breaking Bad Driving Tour

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Hank and Marie’s House

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

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Offers Excellent Access

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If the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is on your bucket list, but you’re concerend about wheelchair access, then worry no more, because I’m happy to report that this annual event boasts excellent access for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Museums

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Accessible pathways at Ute Museum

Since the government shut down, I’ve been scrambling to find accessible non-National Park things to do in a land filled with National Parks. Such was the case yesterday, when we visited Montrose, Colorado. In normal times, the big attraction in the area is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but since ever square inch of its hiking trails and overlooks are littered with those attractive orange cones, I decided to check out what the local museums had to offer. And although it was an interesting day, one museum rose head-and-shoulders above the other as far as access is concerned. Continue reading

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A Glass of Wine Sparks an Itinerary Change

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Cathedral Gorge State Park -- one of Utah's hidden gems.

People often ask me how I plan my press trip itineraries. How do I decide where to go and what to cover? Well, usually it involves a lot of research and reader feedback; but sometimes I just think outside the box. Continue reading

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Hitting the Road

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As we wind down to the departure date for our Fall Road Trip (Wed. Oct. 2) I’m busy tying up loose ends and finalizing our itinerary. Even though we’ve traveled through the Southwest a lot, I’m really looking forward to seeing some new (for me) things, and to visiting a whole slew of accessible properties. Continue reading

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A Room with a View

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Cherrie enjoying the view at The View Hotel

There’s nothing more disappointing than reserving a room with a view, only to arrive and discover that you have a great view of the parking lot. Gladly that will never happen at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, as all of their rooms have great views of the surrounding landscape. Really!

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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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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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